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Protecting Our Waters


Protecting Our Waters is one of the most vocal advocates of a gas drilling moratorium in Pennsylvania. The grassroots, activist organization is based in Philadelphia and is headed up by Iris Marie Bloom, who founded POW in 2009 in response to drilling activities upstate. Bloom is a curator of information about all things drilling, its impact on the environment and public health. She can be a fierce debater, watch her go up against the vice president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition here: [link to folo] And she’s unafraid to take public officials to task, as she did to Governor Rendell after he decided to lift the moratorium on new drilling leases in state forests.

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Army Corps Still Reviewing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Access

Environmentalists opposed to the construction of a natural gas pipeline in Northeast Pennsylvania are pinning their hopes on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to halt the project. “The Army Corps of Engineers could make a big difference here,” said Faith Zerbe, a field biologist with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The Riverkeeper Network opposes the […]

What’s in a Flame? Industry Says it Burns Only for Them

The Marcellus Shale Coalition wants to keep their flame burning. The industry group recently contacted the organizers of Shale Gas Outrage through their website host with a demand to take down the “Outrage” flame for trademark violation. The Marcellus Shale Coalition has trademarked their blue and green flame as a logo for their annual Shale […]

Fractivists Redefine Fracking

Activists planning to demonstrate outside of the headquarters of Aqua America in Montgomery County on Wednesday say the company should hold off on the eviction of a trailer park community in order to build a frack water withdrawal site. But tucked at the bottom of a press release issued by the Philadelphia based Protecting Our […]

Showdown Expected at the SRBC Corral

Although the SRBC says no public comment will be allowed at today’s meeting, activists say they will testify anyway. Drilling opponents are planning nonviolent direct action at the Susquehanna River Basin Commission meeting on Thursday, in Harrisburg. The SRBC is expected to approve several water withdrawal permits for Anadarko Petroleum, Cabot Oil and Gas, and […]

Butler County Residents Protest Loss of Water Deliveries

Kim McEvoy says she wakes up every morning thinking about water. “Where we’re getting the water, it’s like, how much water do you need today,” says McEvoy. “It’s on your mind all the time —  water, water, water.” To brush her teeth, she pours bottled tap water that her fiance brings home from work. To […]

Gas Drilling Along the Delaware River Remains Uncertain

The Marcellus Shale natural gas formation stretches across about two-thirds of Pennsylvania, from the southwest corner of Washington County to the northeast corner of Wayne county. But drill rigs have yet to tap the gas that lies beneath Wayne and Pike counties. That’s because a drilling moratorium exists until the regulatory agency that oversees drilling […]

“Ultimate Activist Guide”

An environmental group has just published a guide for all would-be protestors planning on attending the Delaware River Basin Commission meeting on Monday. The DRBC is scheduled to discuss and vote on the proposed gas drilling regulations. Rumors are floating that this vote may not even take place. But If the rules are adopted, the […]

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