Lacy MacAuley

Icon

a home for my pen, projects, and passions

Over 500 attend March and rally to say “No Fracking Way!” to dangerous and destructive hydro-fracking gas drilling

"Only a dying soul," said Reynoldsville, PA farmer Stephen Cleghorn, pointing his finger at the David Lawrence Convention Center, "can contemplate the destruction of life that they're discussing in that building right now!"

“No Fracking Way!” was the thunderous statement made by over 500 protestors in Pittsburgh today, marching from Allegheny Landing to the David Lawrence Convention Center. Residents from West Virginia, Western Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania were joined by activists and artists from all over the country to oppose dangerous and destructive hydro-fracking gas drilling. The impassioned rally circled David Lawrence Convention Center, where inside gas industry executives were meeting to discuss the “future” of hydro-fracking gas drilling and planning to use heavy explosives to blast apart the Marcellus Shale formation to get the gas beneath.

[View photos of today’s rally on the Flickr page.]

[Get the latest updates at www.marcellusprotest.org.]

“This is a revolution!” said Loretta Weir of Lincoln Place, Pittsburgh. Loretta said that a revolution was needed since the gas companies operate “outside the law.” Weir took the podium to encourage city residents to support a moratorium on drilling in Pittsburgh, and to attend a public hearing tomorrow to discuss the matter.

Josh Fox, maker of the film Gasland, remarked that the movement to stop hydro-fracking gas drilling is growing, prompting huge cheers from the crowd. Telling the story of a father in a hydro-fracking region whose two sons got frequent nose bleeds from hydro-fracking-associated toxins.

“We are here for that family!” said Fox.

Fox then took out his mobile phone from the podium and called Governor-elect Tom Corbett, a gas industry favorite who yesterday won the Pennsylvania governorship. He told the governor that we, the people of Pennsylvania, joined by our allies, demand an end to hydro-fracking gas drilling. He then held his phone out to the crowd, who began chanting, “No Fracking Way!”

Several musicians took the stage, including Justin Sane of the punk band Anti-Flag. Sane shared a special song he wrote for the occasion entitled, “Gasland Terror,” in which he equated the gas industry with terrorists who are bombing our homeland.

“Only a dying soul,” said Reynoldsville, PA farmer Stephen Cleghorn, pointing his finger at the David Lawrence Convention Center, “can contemplate the destruction of life that they’re discussing in that building right now!”

A few gas industry delegates ventured out of the convention center after the rally had concluded, which drew livid and emotional conversations with residents from the Marcellus Shale region who are experiencing water pollution, soil degradation, and other impacts of hydro-fracking gas drilling. The delegates learned a thing or two about the impacts of their decisions.

The rally was organized by Marcellus Protest, an alliance of western Pennsylvania residents, building a movement to stop the destruction of the environment and communities caused by Marcellus Shale gas drilling. As the Marcellus rally begins, the DUG Conference’s Keynote Speaker, Karl Rove, will be addressing its attendees.

Advertisements

Filed under: Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: