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2013 EarthDay | Earth Day at Regional PA DEP Offices

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Earth Day at Regional DEP Offices  to call on DEP to fulfill its mission and protect the environment.

Contact: Jay Sweeney, Green Party of Pennsylvania, 570-587-3603; Melissa Troutman, Mountain Watershed Association, 724-455-4200

A coalition of more than 40 environmental organizations and individuals are rallying for protection of communities and the environment with a statewide Earth Day Protest on Monday, April 22.  These rallies will call on our public officials to act with integrity and protect the people of Pennsylvania, who are being victimized every day by fracking and the cradle-to-grave dangers of shale gas extraction.

Rallies will take place at each of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) regional offices in Harrisburg, Meadville, Norristown, Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport on Earth Day. The coalition is calling for support from people who want to stand together to preserve and protect our communities from the assault and abuse of environmental devastation.

The rallies will demand that DEP fulfill its mission to “protect Pennsylvania’s air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens through a cleaner environment.” In order to do so, DEP must put the ‘public’ back in public policy.

Join the Earth Day coalition at your regional DEP office to demand our public officials:

• Appoint an environmental expert without industry ties as DEP Secretary to ensure DEP’s mission is fulfilled;

• Place a moratorium on permits for gas wells, compressor stations, pipelines, water withdrawals, coal mines, and other infrastructure related to fossil fuel extraction;

• Allow no more toxic secrets and full disclosure of water tests and other studies by DEP;

• Provide justice for those harmed by the oil and gas industry; and

• Reopen the DEP Office of Energy and Technology Deployment to develop solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies.

For more information or to get involved, contact these regional representatives:

Northeast:  Jay Sweeney, 570-587-3603, jnln@epix.net

Southwest:  Mel Packer, 412-243-4545 or 412-307-6827, melpacker@aol.com

Northcentral:  Russell Zerbo, 215-567-4004 x130, rzerbo@cleanair.org

Southcentral:  Maria Payan, 717-456-5800,payans@zoominternet.net

Northwest:  Diane Sipe, 724-272-4539,  sipediane5@gmail.com

Southeast: Chris Robinson, 215-843-4256, chrisrecon@netzero.net

Participating Organizations:

  • Allegheny College Students for Environmental Action
  • Michael Bagdes-Canning, Vice President, Cherry Valley Borough Council, Butler County
  • Timothy Bagdes-Canning, Councilmember, Cherry Valley Borough Council, Butler County
  • Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Committee
  • Benedictine Sisters Erie PA
  • Berks Gas Truth
  • Brandywine Peace Community
  • Bucks County Green Party
  • Citizens for Clean Water
  • Citizens Against Marcellus Pollution (CAMP)
  • Clean Water Action
  • Communities United for Rights & Environment
  • Cross County Citizens Clean Air Coalition
  • Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network
  • Environmental Justice Committee – Thomas Merton Center,
  • Food & Water Watch, Sam Bernhardt
  • Fracking Truth Alliance
  • Frack Mountain, http://www.frackmountain.com
  • Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition
  • Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia
  • Green Party of Delaware County
  • Green Party of Pennsylvania
  • Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP)
  • Growing Community Project
  • Celia Janosik, Beaver County Volunteer Water Quality Monitor
  • Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman
  • Kill Mammon
  • Lehigh Valley Greens
  • Lenape Nation, Chief Shelley DePaul
  • Luzerne County Green Party
  • Marcellus Outreach Butler
  • Marcellus Protest
  • Mark Schmerling Photography
  • Montgomery County Green Party
  • Mountain Watershed Association
  • Northeastern Group of the Pa Sierra Club
  • Northwest Greens
  • PennEnvironment, http://www.PennEnvironment.org
  • PA Alliance for Clean Water and Air, http://www.pacwa.org/
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphia, http://www.psrphila.org
  • Protecting Our Waters
  • Jasmine Rivera, Action United
  • Shadbush Environmental Justice Collective,
  • Shale Justice Coalition

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