Gas Stock I – Defiance

Gas Stock was an act of defiance. It signals that despite the odds, the politicos, the Westmoreland Club, the silence of the Sierra Club, the co-opting of Penn State, the compromising of Penn Future, the dearth of lawyer support, the PUC, the lobbyists, the campaign contributions, the advertisements, the unemployment, the bankrupt governments (desperate to close their budgets), the SRBC, the DEP, the Oil and Gas Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and on and on … the movement will not give up.

Clean air and clean water are our constitutional right:

The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic 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 I of the Pennsylvania State Constitution, Sec. 27

Beyond that, we owe it to our children and grandchildren.

And to those of you who follow the Bible: remember, you are called upon to be stewards of God’s creation. Don’t let covetousness cloud your decisions – do the right thing. (God created a garden, not an industrial zone)

7 Responses to Gas Stock I – Defiance

  1. Renegade says:

    Dead-on center, Dude. The natives are truly restless.

  2. jay says:

    Just one correction. The Northeast group of the Sierra Club was present tabling at Gas Stock. Sierra Club Executive Committee member, Frank Muraca, read Article 1 Section 27 from the stage and called for a ban on fracking.

  3. qazse says:

    Renegade – thanks for the nod

    jay – I thought they would be a leader in this movement. I thought we would hear from them vociferously and nationally. I thought they would bring their considerable mass to the fight. I thank Frank Muraca for helping to keep bloody EnCana out of Moon Lake. But the Sierra Club has abandoned us: Dear Sierra Club, Do You Take This U.S. Natural Gas Industry? An Unexpected Union

  4. Fracked says:

    Dead-On Again.
    The Sierra Club and other national environmental organizations have followed a policy of corporate engagement which has worse than failed – it has allowed deranged foxes to feast in the hen house while calling themseves green.
    It’s in our hands and the time is now.
    Onward…

  5. dhmeiser says:

    The Sierra Club is a victim of its previous successes. Now everyone feels that the club will come in and “fix” this situation.
    In reality the Sierra Club is a grassroots group of who are trying to help the environment, which is under attack under numerous fronts and by powers which have almost unlimited amounts of money.
    I understand the frustration at trying to get help, but this is not the time to be pointing the finger and accusing each other saying they are not doing enough. That is exactly what the other side wants. They want us to be yelling and screaming at other groups that they are not doing enough. It is called divide and conquer. We need every person to fight against this attack on our land
    If you don’t like the way the club operates you can make a choice and either ignore it and allow the club to go in a path you don’t like or jump in and change it from the inside out, that is the path I chose to take. In my area (Bucks County) the club was so fractured that the local Democrat committee was trying to use it for several committee members political gain. Several of us stepped in and said enough. We are now rebuilding this local group with new blood and working with other organizations to educate the public and local politicians on gas drilling hazards.

    The choice is yours point fingers and accomplish nothing or work together and stop this attack on Pennsylvania!

  6. qazse says:

    dh – thank you for your thoughts. First, I want to make it clear I do not have the expectation that the Sierra Club will be riding in on a horse as our savior. I would just like them to join with us at the elbows. Instead they seem to have again taken a compromised position…one,I am sure, John Muir would not have.(Reference the article cited above). As far as doing something, I helped start an anti-gas drilling organization and started two blogs along with numerous other activist acts in response to the gas juggernaut . As far as “pointing fingers” I am merely pointing at the SC’s silence. We are under siege here in NEPA, and there are many who seem to have turned their backs on us. You seem to imply we must all march in lockstep otherwise we are doing a disservice to the cause. I would be doing a disservice if I did not speak the truth as I see it from here in the trenches.

  7. dhmeiser says:

    This is going out to the press today!

    We Need Protection from Marcellus Shale Drilling!
    Shale gas drilling such as Marcellus drilling has imposed heavy costs: drilling pads and wastewater pits scarring our landscapes; heavy rigs damaging our roads; billions of gallons of water causing our water supplies and streams to dry up; pipelines defacing our natural areas; and operational errors contaminating our land and water and air. In Pennsylvania communities, people are being injured and killed from accidents; communities and towns are paying for additional services; and local emergency personnel are dealing with fires and toxic spills.

    According to Dennis Winters, Chair of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, “Unless the Pennsylvania legislature acts now, Pennsylvania will suffer reckless environmental degradation; loss of drinking water, destruction of our precious state and national forests; increased air pollution, increased exposure to toxic chemicals used in the drilling process and to the inherent toxic chemicals in natural gas. If we can’t protect our communities and natural resources, then we should not drill!”

    Pennsylvania needs strong regulation and government oversight that will make drilling safe. Before this legislative session ends, we are demanding that the Pennsylvania Legislature intact the following:

    1 A moratorium on any and a hold on any current permits until state government enacts laws and regulations to make Marcellus gas well drilling safe and environmentally sound (HB2609; SB1447).
    2. Reform of the Oil and Gas Act to require mandatory inspections, require disclosure of fracking chemicals, to extend the presumption of pollution, to require adequate bonds, and to protect municipal zoning and police powers (HB2213).
    3. No more gas leases on public lands in Pennsylvania until a full cumulative analysis can be conducted on the impact of existing leasing of public lands (HB2235).
    4. Enactment of a severance tax comparable to other states and provide for funding for communities impacted by gas drilling and for environmental conservation (e.g. HB1489).
    5. Blocking of efforts to compel unwilling landowners into a “forced pooling” arrangement: these laws only benefit the gas companies.

    An extended press statement is available upon request

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