Green Party of Pennsylvania Renews Call for Fracking Ban
Sunday, April 22, marked the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day. The vision of a healthy planet and the awareness raised and the political victories of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and others are becoming a faded memory as Pennsylvania moves forward with "Marcellus Madness." The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has become a meaningless joke dependent on revenue generated by gas industry permits for its very survival thanks to cuts in it's budget by Governor Thomas Corbett. Millions and millions of gallons of our Commonwealth's waters are withdrawn daily and turned into radioactive industrial sludge while DEP and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission approve request after request by the oil and gas industries. Meanwhile, we had no snow pack this winter, and this spring has not yielded any rainfall to speak of. We appear to be headed for drought.