NoCana! “Dry Baby Dry!”

November 19, 2010

Wendy Wiedenbeck of EnCana

“Dry Baby dry!” has been Audrey Simpson’s battle cry (and prayer) since she first heard of EnCana’s plans to drill three experimental horizontal gas wells in the Back Mountain region of Northeast Penn’s Woods.

We first met Audrey on January 14, 2010. She was video taping a presentation by EnCana to the Back Mountain Community Partnership. I recall how simplistic and benign EnCana’s presentation was. They did not mention trainloads of chemicals, just some water and sand. When we publicly questioned them, they became defensive and contentious.

After the meeting, Audrey approached Karen, Leanne and I,  “We have to organize!”.  Then she introduced herself.   She had been following this Marcellus “play” for a while and she knew  it was bad mojo.

That was the beginning of NoDrillNEPA which eventually merged with Tom Jiunta’s group (Luzerne County Citizens for Clean Water) to become GDAC – Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition.

I called Simpson tonight to discuss the news that EnCana was pulling out of Luzerne and Columbia Counties. We recalled that back in January, we saw this outcome as a remote possibility. Here it was nine months later, and the dream was now reality.

This may be good news for the Back Mountain, but EnCana’s departure is totally fortuitous. Like being spared of small pox while others around you are wasting away.

The Susquehanna, Delaware, Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio remain threatened and suffering. Thousands of fellow citizens continue to be treated as guinea pigs, The Pennsylvania State Constitution continues to be usurped. Citizens will have their properties seized by private entities. Our governor will pay back the gas industry for its contributions to his campaign.

Ours was a chance victory in a large war. This won’t be won without a constitutional battle. For the time being we must do everything we can to help slow, stall, challenge, and ban this supposed juggernaut. Place by place. Day by day.

Otherwise, they will be back.

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I would think this EnCana announcement will not effect the continuing attempts to traverse the area with pipeline.

Always remember, the landmen were there when we were not. We must find a way to help struggling family farms. They are the backbone of rural Pennsylvania.

We need to re-think and re-tool for a green humanscale future. It is the only sane path.


Public meeting – gas drilling – April 7

April 5, 2010

Tom Jiunta plans to present the Citizens for Clean Water Petition to state legislators at a public meeting on gas drilling. The meeting will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, at the Kingston Township Municipal Building at 180 E. Center Street, Shavertown.

Please come and show your support!

Here is a story regarding the presentation from the Times Leader: Petition urges rules be put on gas drills


Community meeting a success!

March 13, 2010

Andrew Byers of the Shaleshock Action Alliance spoke to a packed house last night at the Kingston Township Municipal Building.  (Thank you Kingston Township).

Andrew worked with facts and extrapolated them to the scales of production which have been projected here.  He used slides to show fully developed fields, sites in preparation, and waste ponds being dozed back into the earth.  He spoke about the generators which spew out ozone creating hydrocarbons, pipelines, access roads, dragon tanks, diesel trucks, waste fluids, and radioactive mud.  He spoke to the typical everyday spillage, topsoil degradation, and its cumulative effect on the water system.  He spoke to mismanagement, the Cheney/Halliburton loophole, endocrine disruption, and the industrial sized scale of it all.  He also covered community organizing, monitoring strategies, and local political activism.   It was a rational and fact based portrayal of a world we are allowing to happen.

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Here is the Citizen’s Voice coverage:

Here is the Times Leader coverage:


LCCCW Petition Now Online

March 11, 2010

The organization, Luzerne County Citizens for Clean Water, has a petition which is now online:

SIGN PETITION HERE

(Also, I will have a permanent button in the right hand column of this blog.)

The organization was founded by Tom Jiunta. He works tirelessly, lobbying officials for clean water. LCCCW is sponsoring the public meeting March, 12th. More info:

PS – thanks Jen for hooking this up!