Friday, May 14, 2010

Take a moment and sign this petition!

Click here to access & sign the petition:  Pennsylvanians Against Gas Drilling.
There's even a place to leave a comment--if you're so inclined, implore them to focus their efforts on RENEWABLE energy sources!  PA could be known for cutting edge technologies in a green revolution....

To:  Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate
We the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania call for a complete moratorium of all natural gas and oil drilling activities, including exploration, until a time when the processes involved do not affect the environment (including land, air and water) and the health of the population in any negative manner what so ever.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Gas Pains"--Audubon Magazine features the Marcellus Mess in PA

[Excerpt]: "It’s not just native ecosystems that are being violated, it’s Pennsylvania’s constitution, which states: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.” What most alarms and outrages fish and wildlife advocates is that the state’s equally alarmed and outraged professional resource managers have been sidelined by big-money politics."

Read the article in its entirety HERE.

Next week: SPLIT ESTATE comes to Gaines, PA.

Wednesday, May 19 @ 7pm there will be a community showing of the riveting documentary SPLIT ESTATE..  The event will take place at the Pine Creek Methodist Church in Gaines, PA.  The church is located on the north side of US route 6 between Gaines and Galeton, PA, just east of the Potter/Tioga county line. 

Governor of New Mexico and former presidential candidate Bill Richardson had this to say about the documentary:  “’Split Estate’ is an eye-opening examination of the consequences and conflicts that can arise between surface land owners in the western United States, and those who own and extract the energy and mineral rights below. This film is of value to anyone wrestling with rational, sustainable energy policy while preserving the priceless elements of cultural heritage, private enterprise above-ground, and the precious health not only of people but the land itself.”

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New blog telling our stories

Elizabeth Berkowitz, blogger for "How Should We Do The Mountain?" (and whom Protect the Endless Mtns recently joined forces with on our Facebook page), has a fantastic new blog entitled "Faces of Frackland."  Her new blog tells the stories of 20+ people and growing--stories documenting how the natural gas industry which has invaded our state is affecting actual local residents.  For her efforts, Elizabeth was recently interviewed on WENY.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

800 fans and growing!

We've nearly doubled our 'fan' base on our sister Facebook site in the last 2 weeks; we hit 800 FANS today!!  Can we make 1000?

Please help us spread the word by 'suggesting' our Facebook page to your own friends who may be interested.  A sister Twitter page is coming soon.  Thank you to everyone who has helped us grow so far; there is great strength in numbers!

GASLAND picked up by HBO!

Don't worry if you didn't make tonight's showing of GASLAND in Williamsport. It's not only appearing in several other area towns in the next month (click HERE for the schedule), but HBO has picked it up as well!  You can't ask for a bigger national stage than that!  While HBO doesn't have any info on their own site yet, you can read about it HERE.  Debut is scheduled for June 21st. Keep posted!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Widener Law School sets up toll free hotline, offers free legal advice

Thanks to one of our Facebook 'fans' for sharing the following information: "Widener Law School has set up an Environmental helpline with both a toll free phone number, 1-888-953-6853, and an online form to request help.  They offer free legal advice to anyone regarding environmental issues, and have specifically talked to local residents about gas issues.  The goal is to advise people who cannot afford attorneys and who don't know what their options are.  Please spread the word about this resource!"  Read more about Widener's Environmental Law Center and the services they offer by checking out their blog:

This information was posted on , a site designed by Citizens for Clean Water to provide "information and action items for protecting our northeastern Pennsylvania home from the negative effects of natural gas drilling and fracking."

Don't forget: GASLAND documentary coming to Williamsport on Tuesday!

Don't miss the only showing in the Williamsport area of Josh Fox's prize-winning documentary GASLAND.  The film was honored at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this past January and has continued to win rave reviews at smaller film festivals across the country.  

Need an even better reason to go?  Meet the man behind the movie:  
Josh Fox will be on hand for a discussion to follow the film.

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 11th @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Williamsport's Community Arts Center, 202 West 4th Street.
Click HERE for driving directions from your doorstep. 
Admission is FREE thanks to sponsorship from the Responsible Drilling Alliance.  

Video archive of Marcellus Shale town hall meeting

On April 22, M&T Bank hosted a town hall meeting on issues surrounding Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania.  The meeting included a panel of representatives from legal, banking, state agency and gas industry professions; it was broadcast live and archived on PCNs (PA Cable Network) website.  There doesn't appear to be direct links to the archived videos but to access them, go to , click on "Special Presentations" from the menu along the right, and scroll down until you find "April 22, 2010--Town Meeting--Marcellus Shale."  Please note that there are parts 1 &2 and that you will need Quicktime on your pc to view the video.  If your pc doesn't already have Quicktime installed, you will be prompted to do so.  The program is free and legitimate.