SHALE JUSTICE NOW
Shale Justice Coalition Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 2August-September 2013
FIRST STEP: PA DEMOCRATIC PARTY PASSESFRACKING MORATORIUM RESOLUTION
THE PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATICPARTY STANDS UP FOR THE PEOPLEOF PENNSYLVANIA with the passage of a resolution for a Statewide Moratorium onHydraulic Fracturing. The standing vote tallywas 115 in favor and 81 opposed. The resolution, drafted by Susan Lyons, amember of the Monroe County delegation,calls for a moratorium until fracking can beproven safe. A version of the resolution of-fered at the committee’s last meeting wasblocked from making it to the
oor for a vote,so Berks Gas Truth, a grassroots communitygroup, organized an action with co-sponsorsClean Water Action, Food & Water Watch,Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition, Lehigh Valley Gas Truth, Peach Bottom Concerned Citizens Group,Protecting Our Waters, Shale Justice and the United Sludge-Free Alliance to move the resolutionforward.“We really wanted the full committee to have an opportunity to weigh in on the resolution, but I don’tthink any of us expected to get it passed this time,” said Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth’s founder.Members of Berks Gas Truth started planning to take action in May when they learned that the reso-lution would be up for consideration again in June. “We were discussing what we’d like to do for Stopthe Frack Attack’s National Month of Action when our Patti Rose realized that the Dems meeting wasbeing held mid-month. The timing was perfect,” said Feridun.Reacting to the moratorium resolution, US Congresswoman Allyson Swartz and former DEP Secre-tary Kathleen McGinty called it misguided, Former DEP Secretary John Hanger is only in favor of amoratorium in state forest and parks. All three are running for Governor in 2014.Former Governor Ed Rendell stated the moratorium is “ill-advised”. Recent polls show over 63% of Pennsylvanians support a moratorium on natural gas industrialization of our communities.