Philly Green Party

Dinner event on gas drilling in Marcellus Shale

Posted in Ban Fracking, News on Mar 27, 2010

Jay Sweeney, long-time Green Party activist and candidate for State Representative (111th District), will be in Philadelphia to give a brief talk to the Green Party of Philadelphia about natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. He will speak about how drilling in northeastern PA affects our water here in the Delaware Valley.

When: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 8:00 PM
Where: Singapore Vegetarian Restaurant, 1006 Race Street

Tickets cost $30 and include a full dinner and a small donation to the party. Proceeds will be split between Jay Sweeney’s and our own local candidate, Hugh Giordano’s campaigns.  Please RSVP to

Please come to the event with cash or checks made out to the Green Party of Philadelphia.

In addition to the dinner, please consider also joining us for the showing of Gasland, a film about gas drilling that will be screened as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview.

When: Saturday, April 10, 2010, 5:30 PM
Where: Prince Theatre, 1412 Chestnut Street

Please get your tickets to the show via the Film Society at

The film is less than 2 hours so you should have plenty of time to see it and then make your way over to Singapore for dinner!

Can’t make it? Donate here to allow others to attend.

More about Jay Sweeney:

Jay Sweeney, Green Party activist, has been following the Marcellus Shale issue since his 2008 State Rep campaign.  Jay is a founding member of The Green Party of Wyoming County, Citizens for Clean Water and recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Northeastern Group of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club.

More about Marcellus Shale:

Interest in drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation has been one of the hottest energy developments in the U.S. in 2008. An initial wave of over 900 PA drilling permits was approved in June, and that number is likely to multiply several times over during the next year or so.

The type of drilling used on the Marcellus Shale formation involves fracking: pumping a mixture of sand, water, and chemical additives under high pressure into the shale to fracture or break up the shale so as to release a greater flow of natural gas.

Fracking even a single natural gas well consumes millions of gallons of water, which can be a significant burden on local water tables.

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