Listings & Descriptions of Regional Organizations Opposed to Unconventional Shale Gas Drilling…
Berks Gas Truth – gastruth.org
Gas Truth is a network of grassroots citizens’ groups fighting unsafe natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. We have established chapters in the Lehigh Valley, Berks County, and Central Pennsylvania. Natural gas drilling of the Marcellus Shale threatens Pennsylvania’s natural resources, the health of its citizens, and its scenic beauty. Gas Truth is a network of grassroots citizens’ groups fighting to bring an end to unsafe drilling practices in Pennsylvania.
Delaware Riverkeeper Network – delawareriverkeeper.org
Established in 1988, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) is a nonprofit membership organization. DRN’s staff and volunteers work throughout the entire Delaware River Watershed including portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. They share a breadth of knowledge about the environment as well as expertise specific to rivers and watersheds. DRN provides effective environmental advocacy, volunteer monitoring programs, stream restoration projects and public education. In addition, DRN goes to court when necessary to ensure enforcement of environmental safety laws. The DRN is a touchstone resource for many water advocacy groups. DRN volunteers are also working to support the FRAC Act, which would remove the gas and oil industry’s exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the BREATHE Act in both the House of Representatives and the Senate in this legislative session.
Lehigh Valley Gas Truth – facebook.com/lehighvalleygastruth
Lehigh Valley Gas Truth is a grassroots group of 200 concerned citizens who are defending what we love and are entitled to as acknowledged by the Pennsylvania Constitution: the enjoyment and mindful stewardship of the commons of our Penn’s Woods heritage of CLEAN water, land, air, and the scenic qualities of the landscape, in perpetuity, which is being systematically destroyed by shale gas drilling. We also stand for the democratic rights of citizens at the municipal level in spite of the corporate-state collusion which would have us believe that we are now mere serfs in the Gaslands of Fracksylvania.
Protecting Our Waters – protectingourwaters.com
“Protecting Our Waters is a Philadelphia-based grassroots alliance committed to protecting the Delaware River Basin, the state of Pennsylvania, and our region from unconventional gas drilling and other threats to our drinking water, environment, and public health.”
This Philadelphia-based activist group maintains a wildly informative blog about fracking, and sponsors and publicizes events, demonstrations and artful street performances designed to spread the message that fracking should be banned. Last Spring, POW organized the River to River March, and on June 7, 2011, they joined other action groups to organize hundreds of water activists to flood to the rotunda in the state house. It became the largest environmental demonstration in Pennsylvania to date. POW is currently organizing the next big protest in Philadelphia on September 7th & 8th to coincide and collide with the upcoming Marcellus Shale Coalition’s gas industry trade show.