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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Media Advisory PA Earth Day Protests at DEP Offices

MEDIA ADVISORY: Earth Day Protest at Regional DEP Offices, 4/22

      On April 22, a state-wide Earth Day Protest Against Fracking will take place at the six regional offices of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). A coalition of 60 organizations and individuals is organizing these events to demonstrate public demand for the DEP to return to its mission, which is “"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.”

      The Earth Day Protest Against Fracking has the following five demands:
• 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. 

      The six demonstrations (and the primary contact person for each) are listed below for your convenience:
      DEP Northeast Regional Office
2 Public SquareWilkes-BarrePA 18711.This event will take place from noon until 2:00 pm in Public Square, directly across the street from the Northeast Regional DEP office with music by Don Shappelle.For more information, please contact Jay Sweeney, Green Party of Wyoming County, at 570-587-3603 and
      DEP Northcentral Regional Office, 208 West Third Street,WilliamsportPA 17701. This event will take place at noon. For more information, please contact Russell Zerbo at 215-567-4004 (x130)
      DEP Northwest Regional Office, 230 Chestnut StreetMeadvillePA16335. This event will take place from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm beginning atDiamond Park on Main Street and continuing to the DEP Office. For more information, please contact Diane Sipe, Marcellus Outreach Butler, at 724-272-4539 and
      DEP Southeast Regional Office, 2 East Main StreetNorristownPA19401. This event will begin at 3:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm. There will be an open mike for endorsing organizations. For more information, please contact Chris Robinson, Green Party of Philadelphia, 215-843-4256
      DEP Southcentral Regional Office, 909 Elmerton Avenue,HarrisburgPA 17110. This event will begin at noon and last until 2:00 pm. For more information, please contact Maria Payan at 717-456-5800
      DEP Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront DrivePittsburgh,PA 15222. The land march will begin at 2:00 pm in the North Shore Trail Parking Lot closest to the Walking Bridge. There will also be a river march by boat across the Allegheny River. For more information, please contact Patrick Young at 412-298-6361 or Mel Packer at

The following 60 organizations and individuals have endorsed the Earth Day Protest Against Fracking:
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 County Green Party,
Delaware Riverkeeper Network, 
Energy Justice Network,
Environmental Justice Committee, Thomas Merton Center, 
Food & Water Watch,
Fracking Truth Alliance,
Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition,

Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, 
Green Party of Pennsylvania (GPPA),
Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP),
Growing Community Project,
Celia Janosik, Beaver County Volunteer Water Quality Monitor,
Kill Mammon,  Laurel Highlands Energy Awareness Project
Lehigh Valley Gas Truth,
Lehigh Valley Greens,
Lenape Nation, Chief Shelley DePaul,
Luzerne County Green Party,
Marcellus Outreach Butler, 
Marcellus Protest,
Montgomery County Green Party,
Mountain Watershed Association, 
Northwest Greens,
Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens Group,
PA Alliance for Clean Water and Air, 
PA Sierra Club, Allegheny Group 
PA Sierra Club, Northeast Group
Physicians for Social Responsibility Philadelphiawww.psrphila.orgJoshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman,
Protecting Our Waters,
Jasmine Rivera, Action United,
Mark Schmerling Photography,
Shadbush Environmental Justice Collective, 
Shale Justice Coalition,
South Hills Area Against Dangerous Drilling (SHAADD),
350 Berks & Lehigh Valley Climate Action, Steve Todd, Candidate for Derry Township Supervisor 
Tour de Frack
Dr. Walter Tsou, Phila. Commissioner of Health 2000-2002
Upper Burrell Citizens Against Marcellus Pollution
Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens’ Group,,
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Philadelphia/Delco Branch
York County Green Party,

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