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Shale Gas Outrage 2011

September 7th Rally and Demonstration

Rally to Stop Dirty Gas Drilling — Protect Air, Water, Earth and Human Health


When: Wednesday, September 7, Noon – 2 PM (March follows until 3 PM)
Where: Center City Philadelphia, Arch St., between Broad and 13th Streets; In front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center

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Appearing: Josh Fox, Director of the Oscar-nominated “Gasland;” Doug Shields, Pittsburgh City Council President; Al Appleton, internationally respected water systems expert;  impacted families from “shale country”;organizers fighting for the life of the Delaware River watershed, the commonwealth, the Marcellus Shale region, and the nation. Additionally lifting our spirits in such serious times will be Rev. Rhetta Morgan, West Philly comic geniusBeth Nixon,  and underground rock & hip-hop from The Band Called Fuse. More special guests will be posted here as they’re confirmed.

Why: Maximizing the sheer numbers attending this rally on September 7th will show a broad-based popular movement that will not tolerate contamination of our air, water, and earth by dirty drilling, or the corruption of our politicians by industry money. We will demand that not one more family be poisoned by fracking and shale gas extraction.

This demonstration is in response to the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s major conference in Philadelphia on Sept. 7th and 8th. CEOs from major fracking companies will be plotting to expand their poisonous operations in PA, NY, OH, MD, WV, VA, and NJ. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and former governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell will be speaking in support of the industry. Dubbed “Shale Gas Insight,” this is not only a key trade show for the industry, but also a brazen expression of its political muscle.


— Conference —

On Thursday, September 8th, 2011 activists and concerned citizens in the movement to stop shale drilling in Pennsylvania and the Marcellus Shale region will convene for a conference, entitled “Freedom From Fracking: Building Strategies Together.”

The conference will run from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and be held at Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Click here for the conference program and schedule.

The intent of the “Freedom From Fracking” conference is to grow, strengthen, and focus the network of groups in Pennsylvania and beyond that works strategically to stop fracking.

We will develop and prepare to implement coordinated strategies in the areas of electoral and legislative campaigns, direct action, local organizing, media advocacy, legal action, and watershedspecific action.

Please bring your experience and commitment so that we can learn from each other and work together to stop hydrofracking.

We ask for a $40 registration fee, but have a $15 – $25 sliding scale fee for low-income persons. If you are able, we ask that you donate a little extra to help subsidize others who aren’t able the pay the standard fee.

A vegetarian lunch and beverages are included with registration (vegan options are available). Breakfast is not provided.

You have two conference registration options:

1. Offline – Download our registration form (.pdf) and mail it, with your check, to Protecting Our Waters, 805 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19147.

2. Online – Fill out the registration form and pay online with by credit card or PayPal page (you will be automatically directed to the payment page after submitting your information).

Go to this link for more information and to register:




Marcellus Symposium: Drilling Down on Regulatory Challenges


WVU College of Law

Center for Energy and Sustainable Development

Drilling Down on Regulatory Challenges: Balancing Preservation and Profitability in the Development of Shale Gas Resources promises an unbiased and informative exploration of key topics that face the public, industry and policy makers across the nation regarding the responsible and practical regulation of shale gas production.

Topics that will be examined include:

Perspective of State Regulators in the Marcellus Region, including representatives from environmental protection agencies in New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio

Experience from Other Shale Regions, such as Barnett and Haynesville Shale

A Model Regulatory Framework for Hydraulic Fracturing, which is being developed by representatives from industry and environmental organizations.

Perspectives of Industry and Other Stakeholders, including representatives from industry, environmental organizations, community and public interest groups.

Local Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing. Do local governments have a role in regulating hydraulic fracturing?.

The Economic Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing, which will examine the economic benefits to a region and local communities associated with the development of shale gas resources

Points of view from across the spectrum will be shared by industry experts, regulators, policy makers, representatives of environmental groups, and concerned citizens in a thoughtful and inclusive discussion.

A reception, featuring a prominent keynote speaker, will be held Thursday evening, 0ctober 27, 2011 as part of the scheduled activities.

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If you are part of a non-profit organization or are a student wishing to register, please contact



Thursday! Fracturing Waste Discussion

Thursday, February 9, 7 PM Amanda Pitzer, with Friends of the Cheat, will discuss disposal of natural gas drilling and fracturing waste. She has been leading opposition to a proposed landfill for these wastes in Preston County. The meeting will be held at Friends Meeting House, 648 E. Brockway, Morgantown. For further info: Sarah Smith, or 304-685-1120


Marcellus Academy II

Please save these dates for this special weekend workshop. Speakers and instructors will train a new cadre of volunteer activists to go forth and raise awareness in their communities about the dangers of Marcellus drilling. Learn the tactics and the tools needed to effectively building grassroots support for sane, meaningful Marcellus regulations in West Virginia.

  • Buckhannon
When Jun 30, 2012 12:00 AM to 
Jul 01, 2012 12:00 PM
Where WV Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV
Contact Name
Contact Phone 877 252 0257
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These industrial-scale drilling sites are causing major problems with our water, our land, our air and our health.  This training is especially designed for activists who would be willing to organize people on their home turf by holding meetings, giving presentations and organizing house parties.  In essence, they would serve as local leaders in this statewide fight for our civil rights.                       

All of your expenses for this workshop (lodging, meals and mileage) will be covered by WV Sierra Club. 

Please watch for upcoming announcements with details about enrollment and specifics on the program.  



Marcellus Protest 2011--State College, PA


Marcellus Protest 2011 – Nov. 18 – State College PA

 Power To The People, Not The Corporations

Be part of something big. Something really big!

Plan to join us on November 18th in State College, PA at the Penn State University campus for Marcellus Protest 2011: “Power To The People, Not The Corporations” rally.

The rally is a two-part event. The first rally will be held on the steps of Old Main from noon until 1:00pm. This rally will celebrate the efforts of several local groups to pass a voter referendum on November 8th in State College that affirms that community’s environmental rights and bans any future natural gas drilling in State College.

Invited speakers include Pittsburgh City CouncilmanDoug Shields (confirmed), Ben Price of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning movie Gasland.

You can find more information on the State College voter referendum here.

The second rally, from 1:30 – 3:30pm will be held at the Penn State Conference Center, about 3 miles away from Old Main on the main campus. The Penn State Conference center will be hosting the Marcellus Summit 2011 sponsored by Range Resources and Chesapeake Energy, among others.

We will be announcing speakers for this part of the rally in the near future. Stay tuned.

As the industry-sponsored Shale Gas Impact conference in Philadelphia inspired the Shale Gas Outrage  rally, we plan to have a large presence at the Marcellus Summit 2011. This will be a peaceful, non-confrontational rally with the objective of high visibility to both conference attendees and the media.

After large protests in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, this movement has clearly gained momentum at each and every event. We must continue to feed that momentum and let our politicians and the gas industry leaders know that this movement continues to grow and that we will continue to keep their feet to the fire.

We think ex-PA Governor Ed Rendell said it best as he recently lectured gas industry executives at the Shale Gas Impact conference:

“[Drillers have] screwed up so bad that there are protesters everywhere anybody associated with this goes, and the protesters grow stronger and deeper in number.”

Let’s not disappoint Mr. Rendell.

This will almost certainly be the last opportunity for a large-scale protest rally in PA for 2011.

If you think it is important that this movement continues to move forward with ever-growing numbers, please plan to attend. Commit to bringing 10 others with you. Commit to getting out the word to as many as possible.

Let’s keep the momentum growing into 2012.