Anti-fracking protesters plan to rally at Wolf inauguration
Anti-fracking protesters are seeking to “disrupt” Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s inauguration on January 20th, according to PennLive.
The protesters are hoping to pressure Wolf into imposing a statewide ban on fracking, like Governor Andrew Cuomo did recently in New York.
Pennsylvanians Against Fracking, a coalition made up of dozens of environmental groups, plan to meet at the Grace Methodist Church on State Street then rally at the Capitol.
Sam Bernhardt, with Food & Water Watch, said the coalition expects to bring a couple hundred protesters to the rally. Josh Fox, director of anti-fracking documentary “Gasland,” is scheduled to attend the rally.
It’s unlikely the push for a ban will be successful. Wolf supports natural gas drilling and is hoping to enact a five percent severance tax on production. He wants to use the revenue to bolster spending on public education.
He recently called the New York ban “unfortunate,” and said he does not want to make a similar move in Pennsylvania.