There’s a lot of industry hype in the news about Marcellus Shale gas development and the hydraulic slickwater fracturing, aka fracking, that’s making it possible. And also a lot about how impaired the local economy is. But that hardly paints a complete picture of the costs of fracking. Do you think about it much? Do you wonder about the logical leap from the observation that we need jobs to the idea of jobs at any cost? Do you wonder what those costs are? Or do you avoid it and tune it all out? Do you find it a source of stress without much hope of resolution? The Frack Awareness Coalition wants to make it easier to talk about and think about without plunging into arguments or despair. To that end, the group will put on a concert, entitled “Songs from the Sacrifice Zone,” on Sunday, September 30, from 4 to 6:30pm, in the Tabernacle at Central Oak Heights in West Milton. Performers will include Hannah Bingman, DePotorLand, Doug McMinn, Earl Pickens and Van Wagner. Than Mitchell will be the master of ceremonies.
Come celebrate the splendors of Central Pennsylvania and sound the call about hazards to the integrity of the place. Come hear some great local musicians turning their talents to pointing out how wonderful this area is and how vulnerable to another round of exploitative resource extraction. Come experience one of the nicest historical/natural/cultural locations in the region. And come consider the threat. This is a way to participate, to help further the cause of increasing understanding and knowledge and to have fun at the same time.
Light refreshments will be available. Tickets $3 per person or $10 for a family. (Available in advance at Freshlife in Williamsport or at the door for slightly more: $5 and $15). Proceeds to help fund efforts to raise awareness about the local and global impacts of fracking and allied industries. For tickets or more information, call 522.8159 or email email@example.com.
The Frack Awareness Coalition is a combined effort on the part of a variety of regional groups to increase the public’s awareness of all sides of the fracking issue, not just the well-publicized industry position. The groups involved are all devoted to the health of people and place here in Central PA, but have a range of primary focuses or approaches from sportsman’s organizations to faith groups to environmental groups. Coalition members include the Responsible Drilling Alliance, Organizations United for the Environment, the Otzinachson Group of the Sierra Club, the Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition, the Local Action Network, Rivertown Coalition, the National Wildlife Federation, Save Riverdale, and Marcellus Shale Protest. Coalition meetings are held Thursday mornings in the Lewisburg area. To get the details on the next meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions to COHA
From Route 80 — Take route 15 South — immediately after the West Milton Exit, stay in the right lane, you will see a yellow DRIVEWAY sign. Just after the sign you will turn right, up a hill and into the Heights.
From Danville — Take route 642 West through Milton and West Milton — get on route 15 South, but stay in the right lane — you will see a yellow DRIVEWAY sign. Just after the sign you will turn right, up a hill and into the Heights.
From Lewisburg — Take route 15 North — get off at the West Milton exit—turn left at the light and get on route 15 South, but stay in the right lane — you will see a yellow DRIVEWAY sign. Just after the sign you will turn right, up a hill and into the Heights.