This is just the beginning. 4,000 Marcellus Shale gas wells have already been drilled in Pennsylvania—but the industry is expecting to drill up to 50,000. We know that with more drilling we'll see even more poisoned streams, more destroyed forestland, and more asthma-inducing air pollution.
And now, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chesapeake Energy, and other drilling companies are teaming up with their Harrisburg allies to stop efforts to protect our health and environment. The industry is even going so far as to require townships to allow drilling near our homes, schools and hospitals. We can win this fight, but it's not going to be easy.
If we're going to protect Pennsylvania from drilling, we'll need more people to take action and meet with their legislators on a regular basis; educate friends and neighbors about the dangers of drilling; learn how to use local media outlets to focus on explosions and other dangers of drilling; get petitions signed and so much more.
The truth is, whether you've been fighting gas drilling for years or new to the fight, we all need to continue coming together and learning new ways to protect our community, our health and our environment from drilling. That's why I need you to join us at our Lawrence County Marcellus Shale Citizen Organizer Training on February 16.
Our plan is simple, but big. We need to train a thousand Pennsylvanians with the skills they need to protect their communities from gas drilling. Whether you're new to activism or been on the front lines of the Marcellus Shale, this training will help you take the fight to the next level.
You'll learn from our staff and other organizers in the area how to effectively engage with decision makers on these issues, generate massive media coverage in the media, and how to hold your elected officials accountable for their failure to tackle the Marcellus Shale gas drilling issue. And, you'll get to meet more people working on these issues so you can band together to protect your community.
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 225 Villa Maria Road, Villa Maria, PA 16155