On EARTH DAY, Thursday, April 22nd, activists from organizations including the Green Party of PA, Citizens for Clean Water, NoDrill NEPA, Energy Justice Network, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition, and others, will gather outside each of the regional offices of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to call as one for the following demands:
- An immediate moratorium on all horizontal hydrofracturing (“fracking”) in the Commonwealth, including our state forests and floodplains,
- An immediate freeze on all new Marcellus Shale drilling permits throughout Pennsylvania,
- The immediate suspension of the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to approve drilling-related water withdrawals anywhere in Pennsylvania – and, if necessary,
- The unconditional resignation of DEP Secretary John Hanger.
Speakers & activities will commence at 12:00 noon at the
DEP Regional Offices
2 E. Main Street, Norristown
located one block from the Norristown Transportation Center — easily accessible via the Norristown High Speed Line from 69th Street and the R6 Regional Rail.
as well as the Regional Offices in Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, and Meadville, along with DEP Headquarters in Harrisburg.
This April 22nd marks the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day. In 1970, almost 20 million people gathered across the nation to celebrate, educate and demonstrate. It was a nationwide grassroots teach-in that gave rise to the modern environmental movement. The 1970s saw passage of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Beginning in the 1980s, however, large Earth Day events have been dominated by corporations, with little grassroots input and limited involvement by ordinary citizens.
Today, drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation, utilizing horizontal hydrofracturing, is a serious and growing threat to the precious clean waters and majestic state forests of our Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania’s Constitution states that “All power is inherent in the people,” that we “have a right to … pure water,” and “Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people.” This April 22nd, it is time to come together – as one – to protect our Commonwealth’s public natural resources and to renew the promise of the first Earth Day.
for more information, contact the Green Party at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-243-7103.