In the wake of a recent spill of thousands of gallons of hydrofracking fluids into the watersheds of Pennsylvania, Marcellus Shale Protest has organized a series of demonstrations to call our leaders’ attention to the public and environmental health dangers of the procedure called “fracking.” To learn more about what fracking is, what role it plays in the extraction of natural gas from shale, and what cost it can exact from people and ecosystems, check out “Fracking Nation” in the May 2011 issue of Discover Magazine. To be brief, the fluids that are used to fracture shale and then spilled or intentionally dumped into Americans’ drinking water sources contain a variety of heavy metals and carcinogens that can wreak havoc with our health and the health of everything else that depends on water.
At 1pm in Harrisburg today, Marcellus Shale Protest marked Earth Day with an anti-fracking protest, and more protests are on the way in days to come. On March 23, Pennsylvanians concerned about the health impact of fracking will march from one river to another in Philadelphia. On Wednesday April 27 in the Rachel Carson Building in Harrisburg PA, people will rally outside a meeting of the Governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission at 10 AM to remind the government of its duty to protect the public health, not just corporate profit.
Many more protests, informational meetings and public hearings are listed on the calendar of the Marcellus Shale Protest organization. If you are looking to get involved in activism on the issue, that page is a great place to start.