While the east coast prepares for the onslaught of Hurricane Irene, gas drilling opponents are planning their own storm for the September Marcellus Shale Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. “Shale Gas Insight” is sponsored by the industry group The Marcellus Shale Coalition, which will host the convention on September 7th and 8th in Philadelphia. On the speakers list are Pennsylvania’s current Governor Tom Corbett, as well as former governors Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge.
But activists have recruited their own celebrities and are planning a counter-conference, which they’re calling “Shale Gas Outrage.” Josh Fox, the director of Gasland will speak at noon on September 7, just before protesters march through Center City Philadelphia. Evening festivities include a “blessing of the waters” along the Delaware River.