Protests, But No Arrests, At SRBC Hearing

  • Scott Detrow

Yesterday, we told you fracktivists were ready to protest at this morning’s Susquehanna River Basin Commission meeting in Harrisburg. The SRBC approves water withdrawal permits for natural gas drillers, and recently issued new guidelines aimed at limiting protests at its meetings.
As Pennsylvania Public Radio’s Mary Wilson reports, there was sound but no fury at this morning’s meeting: shouting and protests, but no arrests.

The roughly 25 anti-fracking protesters in attendance at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission were quiet, almost sedate, for the first 25 minutes of the public meeting.
When the commission’s final agenda item was announced – project applications – there was an audible rustling from the gallery seats.
Then, as the commission moved to vote to approve water withdrawal permits, seven protesters stood up and brandished signs reading, “Pledge to protect the Susquehanna.”  They chanted, “I pledge to protect the Susquehanna,” for the remaining three minutes of the hearing.  Others remained seated in the gallery but chanted along.
The commissioners continued with their reconsideration of project applications – 60 in all, of which three were approved and 10 were tabled.

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