Stop the Destruction Caused by Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling
Rally to Save Our Communities and Environment November 3rd – Pittsburgh, PA
On Wednesday, November 3-4, the gas industry will host a national conference on shale gas drilling at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. As people concerned about the health of our communities and the environment on which we depend, we will attend this summit in the streets.
10:30am Assemble on Allegheny Landing on the North Shore.
12:00pm March steps off: we cross the Rachel Carson bridge into downtown Pittsburgh and then stop in front of the Convention Center.
1:00pm Rally with music, speakers, tabling and other festivities.
Program ends around 3pm.
For more information, visit www.MarcellusProtest.org
Marcellus Protest is an alliance of Southwestern PA groups and individuals who are mobilizing to protest the ongoing hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” is an under-regulated and unsafe natural gas extraction method. Unlike other forms of natural gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing causes catastrophic and potentially irreversible consequences. Citizens from across the US have been fighting hydraulic fracturing. Now the gas industry has begun drilling in Allegheny county, racking up violations, and buying up leases within the Pittsburgh city limits. Whether in rural PA or in Pittsburgh, fracking may be coming to home near you.
That is, unless we mobilize to stop it. As the facts about fracking bubble to the surface, Marcellus Shale gas drilling is becoming more and more unpopular. Several gas well explosions, dozens of compelling personal stories and hundreds of reported violations have inspired small townships, metropolitan cities, and even the entire state of New York to say, “now wait a minute.” But we need to keep up the momentum.
The gas industry wants to snatch the dollars that lay beneath the Marcellus Shale before too many people stand in their way or a BP oil spill-like event involving gas puts the kabash on the deal. That’s why they’re shelling out $2.85 million to both Democrats and Republicans, and another $900,000 to former PA Governor Tom Ridge to spearhead an unprecedented PR campaign. The gas industry’s approach puts profits before people, and their fracking continues despite the unknown health risks that the practice poses. Though drilling has begun, there have been no scientific studies to gauge how much damage fracking bears on our beautiful environment.
On November 3rd we will show the gas industry and our elected officials that our lives, our future and our votes are not for sale.
Our demands are simple: Stop the destruction of our environment and communities caused by Marcellus Shale gas drilling.
- real solutions for clean energy & conservation
- community self-determination
- sustainable economic development
- clean water now and forever
- clean renewable energy
- an end fossil fuel dependency
By organizing the November 3rd mass demonstration we hope to bring our communities together to build a sustainable grassroots movement that will protect our communities and our environment.