Wellsboro anti-frack protestAt 11 am on Tuesday, November 13th, I will initiate the first of a series of monthly protests against shale gas extraction in front of the county courthouse - our county commissioners' office. After 15 minutes the protest will move down the street in front of Representative Baker's office for 15 minutes, and then wrap up with 15 minutes in front of Senator Scarnati's office. Future protests will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month to coincide with the commissioners' meeting.
I am calling for a moratorium on further gas permits until a proper harms/benefits analysis, evaluating the cumulative impacts of the entire 10,000+ square mile Pennsylvania Marcellus play, is completed; and based on which, enforceable regulations to ensure the gas is extracted safely, responsible and fairly have been implemented. I am also calling for a full investigation into the scandalous practice of DEP withholding information about contaminants caused by drilling from those affected.
Pennsylvania's public officials must start serving the public interest instead of helping the gas industry "bury its bodies."
This will be a peaceful call for truth and justice. Kindred souls welcome. For further information, John Kesich, firstname.lastname@example.org, 570-549-2286.