Slaying The Shale Gas Dragon

Solidarity builds in the effort to overturn PA Act 13.


Everyday, I see an ANGA ad or I read an op-ed from the Marcellus Shale Coalition and I wonder how can they say shale gas is "safe" when ALL their triple cement well-bore seals will fail within 70-100 years? How can the U.S. president say it's safe?

Cement isn't magical. It won't last forever.

Is ANGA or MSC, or EPA for that matter, planning to replug all the frack wells in every last watershed and aquifer by 2112? In reality, it's more like "safe for now" or maybe "safe for a few generations" but down the road, the population in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware will have to deal with toxic drinking water.

Safe Fracking: A Modern Myth   

In February 2011, Governor Tom Corbett signed the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Act. Since then, numerous environmental, public health, religious and civic organizations, along with countless individuals, have been working hard to overturn some of the most egregious provisions in the law, such as the notorious Physicians Gag Order and the loss of local zoning control, which is currently being examined by PA’s highest court.

The Top Ten Myths about Pennsylvania’s ‘Mad Rush To Frack Act’ (Act 13 of 2012) The BIggest Gas Industry Giveaway Yet” by The Sierra Club sets the fracts straight, and dispels the many myths surrounding this remarkably flawed, anthropocentric law.

It’s Never Been Easier To Be Green (Thankfully)

If the current rate of fraccidents, spills, leaky valves, toxic air pollution, deforestation and explosions continues, however, we stand to pollute many of our precious water tables irrevocably long before 2112. Must Pennsylvania define The Tipping Point through firsthand experience? Americans need to be better informed about energy. We need to know where our power comes from, we must recognize its true costs, and we need to adopt a collective conservation mentality.

After all, the cheapest energy is the kilowatt saved.

Just Join!


"350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries."

Food & Water Watch

“Fracking is inherently unsafe and we cannot rely on regulation to protect communities’ water, air and public health.”

What Is Fracking and Why Should It Be Banned?  FWW calls for "an all out ban on fracking is the only way to protect our communities."

"Fracking's Got A Friend In Pennsylvania"  According to Rich Bindell, "While the state continues to push for more drilling, the residents and environment continue to suffer."


"Counter industry denial: send your representatives Gas Patch Roulette:  The largest health investigation of its kind, Gas Patch Roulette couples pollution testing with reports from more than 100 people living in the shadow of Pennsylvania's gas development. It concretely reveals the pattern of gas development's impacts on health and communities."

Petition:  "Put the data on health and fracking in the hands of the decisionmakers"

Protect Pennsylvania!

Protecting Our Waters

Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Clean Water Action PA

Berks Gas Truth

Food& WaterWatchPA



Sierra Club

Marcellus Shale Protest

Mothers For Sustainable Energy

...to name but a few!

Read Up

No Fracking Way!

ShaleShock Media

Marcellus Shale-US - photos, aerial images

State Impact Pennsylvania


Just Go!

Marcellus Protest Events Calendar

Got TwitFace?

On social media, you’ll find more articles and links about fracking that any fb poster could aggregate. Good thing there are more anti-fracking groups and pages everyday.

 Join the groups and find informative threads about Fracking - only be sure to adjust the notifications to your liking - and upload all the latest information about unconventional gas production issues into your brain app. A few to get you going:

Marcellus Protest Page

New York Residents Against Drilling (NYRAD) 

Damascus Citizens For Sustainability

Nurse Rise - Nurses for Safe Water

Frack Not NEPA! - Fracking In Northeast Pennsylvania

Frack Free Philadelphia

Stop Fracking PA!

Bucks Against Hydrofracking

Frack Free Ohio

No Fracking Alabama

Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction (IRAGE)

Frack Free Colorado

Don’t Frack North Carolina

... plus a gazillion local groups, pages and events waiting for you to "Like."

On Twitter... 





... and many more.

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