Pittsburgh Tells the Gas Industry, “No Fracking Way!”

Yesterday hundreds of people convened in downtown Pittsburgh to protest the development of “fracking,” a new and untested method of natural gas extraction that is threatening to take over Pennsylvania and neighboring states. Fracking has been shown to pollute water supplies, cause cancer, and destroy the countryside and infrastructure in rural areas. The rally took place during a conference on “Developing Unconventional Gas” which featured Karl Rove. The following is from the Pittsburgh Student Environmental Coalition, who helped organize the rally.

“Thank you Pittsburgh! Thanks to you the rally was a HUGE success. An incredibly passionate and diverse group came out today, young and old, urban and rural, coming from states as far as California and as close as Ohio. We all came together to protect our constitutional right to clean air, pure water, and a healthy environment and to protest the exploitation of our environment and ourselves by the gas companies.

If you weren’t able to make it today then stay tuned because this is only the beginning. There is much work still to be done and yesterday’s election certainly didn’t make things easier, but this an issue that affects everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, income, or political affiliation and we at PSEC strongly believe that it’s an issue worth fighting for. In the words of Margaret Meade, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

View more pictures at PSEC’s Picasa page.

Watch speeches from the event: by PSEC member Seth Bush and by Gasland director Josh Fox.

Media attention from: The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, University of Pittsburgh’s The Pitt News, WPXI, Pittsburgh Local News Station, West Virginia’s The Intelligencer,

8 Responses to “Pittsburgh Tells the Gas Industry, “No Fracking Way!””

  1. 1 patriotizm Nov 4th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    This is so great that people are really taking notice of what the gas drillers are doing to our state – soon we will make enough noise that perhaps something will be done about it! There is was a great documentary on PBS about fracking, have you seen it? “The Price of Natural Gas”, it’s called


  2. 2 Gloria Forouzan Nov 5th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I’m one of the organizers of Pittsburgh’s Marcellus Protest and wanted to say thank you, thank you! This was a first step, we’ve got a long road to walk down, it is fantastic knowing we won’t be walking alone.

  3. 3 Vard Whittick Nov 10th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I had about 10 years experience in the gas and oil industry and fracking of both oil and natural gas wells is a very normal process for improving extraction and has been going on for a very long time. Maybe this is new to Pittsburg, but I highly doubt it!

    The company I worked for rented the large 21,000 gallon tanks used for this process. It is not uncommon for there to be 30-60 tanks used at one well setting. Soybean and sand is introduced to form a gel that allows the sand to stay in place after the water is blown out or extracted. The company has been in business for 60 years!

  4. 4 rosalie rauch Nov 18th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Hey people…..anyone in touch with earth as my husband and I are….well let’s put it this way…..I saw the news and was horrified. I’m very physic and I will tell you from the looks of it on the map….the mid-eastern might see the big earth quake before the “Californians”. Come on People get real and wake up……Junkies who continually slam their arms eventually their veins collapse….keep breaking rock and it eventually crumbles…it’s very simple when one realizes that science plays God all the time…we have been killing earth mother for a long time…..Fracking will speed up the death day.

    Everyone all over the planet need to revolt against this destruction…..we let them steal our money, screw with our retirement, but to distroy the planet???? The Native Americans say, ” One Earth, One people”. We might have to fight for the rightous
    decision to protest against the slaughter…..or, we will never see true humanity and a sophisticated society will judge the killers or the ones who just put up and shut up.

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