Philly's Anti-Phracking Movement
I started this blog a year ago, freaked over Fracking and the hydrological catastrophe coming to Pennsylvania. I was determined to reach one thousand people with the message that industrial shale gas drilling will forever destroy beautiful, economically struggling regions of rural PA. I wanted them to know that the unchecked, under-regulated shale gas industry is already polluting the water we drink and the air we breathe.
Mostly, I wanted people to Take Action to protect the imperiled Delaware and Schuylkill River watersheds.
Many posts later, there are many more blogs and websites designed to promote the truth about uncoventional gas drilling, and even to expose the failures and, some might say, failure of the Corbett administration. (See long list below.) There have been moments when we've all focused on the same news, and I’ve questioned KeepTap’s relevancy. Once or twice, I feared the echo-chamber effect. I’ve since come to realize that sometimes, when a cause is this important, we need a chorus.
Today, it’s obvious that “Unconventional Gas Drilling” takes a too great a toll on our Environment and Public Health. Yet, bad lawmakers continue to dismiss good science, and people's lives are being ruined. Judging from my stats, visitors find blogs like this in their search for objective information about our water supply. Clean water is one of those few, purely non-partisan issues, something on which we can all agree. I surpassed my original goal months ago, and it seems the chorus is only growing louder, calling attention to the moral outrages of our state leadership.
In and around Philadelphia, interest in Delaware River watershed protection is finally coming to the fore. Once thought of as something happening 'over there' in the Western counties, Fracking has arrived in the social and political lexicon. It's become cause celebre, as Moms in minivans want their own “No Frack” magnets, and kids fill up the church halls with music and the anti-fracking message. Everyday in the Delaware Valley, people are recognizing the increasing threat hydraulic fracturing poses to the water supply of 15.6 million, and they want to know what they can do to Protect Our Waters.
Get the Fracts: Anti-Fracking Bloggers on Roll
I laugh a little when I hear Gas Industry folks complain about how well-funded the anti-fracking movement is. To which groups are they referring? I’m a fractivist. I volunteer, and I’m in very good company. Yes, there is a growing list of Big Greens who want to ban or limit Unconventional Gas Drilling, and they have relatively "major" funding. In true grassroots fashion, though, there are far more unsung heroes comprising the ever-expanding, unpaid anti-fracking chorus. Ads cost money but the truth about Fracking is free.
These cats have computers, and they aren’t afraid to use them. Many are based in Eastern PA. Each, in their own way, is establishing a public record of extreme gas extraction and its assault on our water, air and land. I don't imagine I've aggregated them all, but the sites listed below are packed with Fracking facts, aimed squarely at dispelling Shale Gas fictions.
The Anti-Fracking Blogroll
Action PA: www.actionpa.org
Amy Mall’s Blog: switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/amall
Allegheny Defense Project: alleghenydefenseproject.wordpress.com
Barnett Shale Hell (Texas): barnettshalehell.wordpress.com
Berks Gas Truth: hwww.gastruth.org
Bluedaze Drilling Reform: texassharon.com
Bob’s Blog: donnan.com/fracking-water.htm
Calvin Tillman, Dish TX: baddish.blogspot.com
Catskill Mountainkeeper: catskillmountainkeeper.org/our-programs/fracking/marcellus-shale
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy: catskillcitizens.org
Center for Healthy Environments and Communities: chec.pitt.edu/MSGEcommunity.html
Cheap Tricks & Costly Truths: jamminmole.blogspot.com
Damascus Citizens for Sustainability: damascuscitizens.org
Danger Drilling: dangerdrilling.com
Delaware Riverkeeper’s blog, The River Voice: delawarerivervoice.blogspot.com
De-Smog Blog: desmogblog.com
Energy Policy Forum: energypolicyforum.com
Faces of Frackland, PA: pafaces.wordpress.com
FrackAlert, Northeast PA Residents & Landowners Against Fracking: frackalert.org
Fracking Underground: frackingunderground.blogspot.com
Marcellus Mapping Tool, new and Improved to track of the enactment of local impact fees.
Gas Drilling Awareness Coaltion: gdacoalition.org
Gas Exploitation, Assault to the Senses, Dimock, PA: gasexploitation.wordpress.com
Gas Safety USA: gassafetyusa.com/blog
Gas Wells Are Not Our Friends, Dear Susquehanna: dearsusquehanna.blogspot.com
Gas Wells on the Monongahela: monongahelagas.wordpress.com
Hydrofracking Virginia: hydrofracking.virginiajournal.org
Luzerne County Citizens for Clean Water: lcccw.wordpress.com
Marcellus Effect: marcelluseffect.blogspot.com
Marcellus Mayhem: marcellusmayhem.blogspot.com
Marcellus Protest: marcellusprotest.org
Marcellus Shale-US: marcellus-shale.us
Fracking photojournalism at its best.
Natural Gas Watch, gas explosion watchdogs: naturalgaswatch.org
Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation: peacecouncil.net/NOON/hydrofrac
NEPA Gas Action, Citizens for Clean Water, Susquehanna County, PA: nepagasaction.org
No Fracking in New York Aquifers: nofracking.com
Protecting Our Waters: protectingourwaters.wordpress.com
Protect The Endless Mountains of PA: endlessmountains.blogspot.com
Responsible Drilling Alliance: responsibledrillingalliance.org
Sane Energy Project, NYC: saneenergyproject.org
Save The Delawre: savethedelaware.wordpress.com
Shale Gas Review, Tom Wilbur’s new book, Under The Surface, is due out this spring: tomwilber.blogspot.com
Shale Shock!: shaleshock.org
Solid Shale, New York State: solidshale.wordpress.com
Splashdown PA, Defending Our Water Now!: splashdownpa.blogspot.com
Un-Natural Gas: un-naturalgas.org/weblog
List by no means complete!