Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Marcellus - CURE Leads March, Rally, and Sit-In at Gov. Corbett's Office!

We did it! Residents from around Pennsylvania joined us to stir up trouble at the Governor's office today in Harrisburg. Here is a round-up of the action. Thank you for everyone who attended our impromptu sit-in to demand a meeting with the Governor. He wouldn't meet with a delegation of four of us to demand a ban on Marcellus Shale drilling and tell our stories of water contamination. A decision was reached by the protesters to return on July 20 for the Governor's sham Marcellus Advisory Commission meeting. Also, with our spare time, we got to make lots of new friends and hear Josh read us the first chapter of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.

At the Governor's door:

Rotunda Rally:

From Sustainability Now Radio:

Fracktivism reaches new pitch at state Capitol

Capitol lobbying day in Harrisburg culminated for many in an anti-drilling protest.
Groups such as Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, Gas Truth, and Marcellus Protest convened on the steps of the rotunda with several hundred protesters to speak out against shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. [Picture courtesy of PennLive.]

Many of those attending lobbying day met with their legislators to discuss budget issues. Members of public sector unions came out to lobby for their slice of the pie. But by far, the biggest spectacle came when citizens and activist organizations started up just before noon.

Nathan Sooy of Clean Water Action and Gas Truth pitched up the crowd with chants. By noon the rotunda steps were lined with citizens. Unlike many of the talking points circulated by some groups and moderates, many of those who spoke today oppose drilling all together. For them, a moratorium is only the beginning.

As Craig Sautner of Dimock, PA said to the crowd, "[Gas companies] should be banned from the state of Pennsylvania for good. He received loud applause. They hope to move the conversation from a severance tax or drilling fee as some legislators have proposed, to a ban.

Some speakers, including Crystal Stroud whose drinking water contains dangerous levels chemicals like gross-alpha, strontium, and others, cited the Pennsylvania Constitution:
"The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."

Article 1 Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution
After the rally, citizens were joined by Gasland director Josh Fox who joined other citizens in a sit-in outside of the governor's office. They were unable to meet with the governor.

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1 comment:

  1. great rally and people and next time, Corbett needs to meet with the people and really hear them-- thanks, to all that participated.

    Vera Scroggins
    Citizens for Clean Water
    Susquehanna County, Pa.