Time for crucial legislation is running out – please act today!
The Marcellus drilling boom continues unabated across Pennsylvania. It is imposing heavy costs on our environment and our health. Pennsylvania is experiencing never-before-seen levels of air pollution, contamination of drinking water supplies, fragmentation and defacement of forests and natural areas, scarring of the landscape with drilling pads and wastewater pits, road and infrastructure damage, loss of billions of gallons of water from our aquifers, streams and rivers, and the creation of billions of gallons of untreatable toxic wastewater.
We have very little time to act. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn in mid-October. Unless legislators act now, we are sure to suffer more reckless environmental degradation and the health consequences that follow. To find the name and address of your Representative and Senator, please click here.
We urge you to send this letter (or a personalized version of same) to each of your representatives.
Dear Representative / Senator
You have an urgent responsibility to correct problems we are experiencing from Marcellus gas drilling. Before this session ends, I demand legislation that protects my right to clean air and water as promised by the Pennsylvania Constitution.
Marcellus drilling has imposed heavy costs: air pollution due to hydrocarbon emissions; pipelines defacing our natural areas; drilling pads and wastewater pits scarring our landscapes; heavy rigs damaging our roads; billions of gallons of water taken from our streams; hundreds of violations that have already caused contamination of our land and water and air. Many families have lost their drinking water supplies. In Pennsylvania communities, people are being killed and injured from accidents, local governments are paying for training and equipment so that emergency personnel can deal with fires and toxic spills.
Before you adjourn, I ask you to take the following 5 steps:
1. Enact a severance tax comparable to other states, such as West Virginia, and provide for funding for communities impacted by gas drilling and for environmental conservation. (e.g. HB1489). I want a strong law; I do not want to hear about exceptions and loopholes.
2. Reform the Oil and Gas Act to require mandatory inspections, require disclosure of fracking chemicals, extend the presumption of pollution, require adequate bonds, and protect municipal zoning authority (HB2213).
3. Forbid any and all additional gas leases on public lands in Pennsylvania until a full cumulative analysis can be conducted on the impacts of existing leasing of public lands (HB2235).
4. Enact a moratorium on new Marcellus gas drilling permits until state government enacts laws and regulations to make Marcellus gas well drilling safe and environmentally sound (HB2609; SB1447).
5. Block efforts to compel landowners into “forced pooling” arrangements.
Unless you act now, Pennsylvania will suffer environmental degradation and the loss of the quality of life for all. I hope that you will have the foresight and courage to enact these bills.
Please let me know how you intend to vote on each of these 5 important issues. My vote on November 2 will depend on your vote.
Sincerely, Name, Address, and Phone
LYCOMING COUNTY LEGISLATORS INCLUDE:
Mark your calendar!
Renowned Scientists Discuss Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Development
When: Friday, Oct 8, 2010, 7PM
Where: Room D001, Academic Center, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA
Description: An exceptional educational opportunity co-sponsored by RDA and the Clean Water Institute.
Speakers: Professor Anthony Ingraffea, P. E. and Ph.D. in Rock Fracture Mechanics. Head of Cornell Univesity’s Rock Fracture Group and Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at of Cornell. Dr. Ingraffea’s research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing processes.
Professor Michael C. Boufadel, P.E., Ph.D. and Hydrologist. Chair of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Temple University. Head of the University’s Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection (NRDP). Dr. Boufadel focuses on large-scale studies of water and air quality accompanied with advanced modeling to provide the best available technology.
Bring along a pro gas development friend for a lively post presentation discussion. Free Admission.