Public Meetings in PA & VA on Drilling and Fracking — Food & Water Watch

by Duane Nichols on September 28, 2017

Toxic Chemicals, Water Pollution, Dangerous Pipelines

Environmental group to discuss Marcellus shale fracking in Oakmont, Pennsylvania

From an Article by Dillon Carr, Pittsburgh Tribune – Review, 9/25/17

A Washington D.C.-based environmental advocacy group is hosting a meeting in Oakmont on Tuesday to discuss local efforts to restrict Marcellus shale drilling.

Tuesday’s meeting will be the first of three meetings scheduled by Food & Water Watch at the Oakmont Elks.

Each meeting will have its own topic of discussion:

• Sept. 26: The basics of zoning, planning and land-use.

• Oct. 10: Legal issues involving oil and gas companies and local governments.

• Oct. 24: Reviewing Oakmont’s updated draft of the oil and gas ordinance being proposed by council.

The meetings were spurred by Oakmont’s ordinance in July that set limits to seismic testing.

It’s a step that usually precedes the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — a process of extracting gas by injecting rock deep in the ground with high-pressure water, sand and chemicals.

“Drilling for unconventional gas is a pretty complex process,” said Doug Shields, an outreach liaison for Western PA Food & Water Watch, the regional branch of the Washington group.

The meetings are part of the organization’s effort to give its take to residents on the controversial topic, he said.

Oakmont is also working to update its zoning and land-use laws under its oil and gas ordinance, Borough Manager Lisa Cooper Jensen said.

Shields was part of a five-member panel at a Plum Council meeting recently aimed at answering questions about a proposed fracking wastewater injection well. “Food & Water Watch’s role is to just provide technical assistance on the issue,” he said. “We want to give people the light and they will find their own way — that’s our goal.”


Food and Water Watch Presentation, 6:00 PM, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Broadway, VA

You are invited to attend a presentation by Doug Lakey (Director of Development) and Jorge Aguilar (Southern Region Director) with Food and Water Watch. This is a unique opportunity to hear a presentation by a national environmental organization without having to travel to Washington, D.C. or New York City. The presentation is free of charge.

If you oppose the proposed Atlantic Coast or Mountain Valley pipelines or are concerned with the environmental effects of fracking, our continued over-reliance on fossil fuels or factory farms, this presentation will provide you with timely and reliable information.

The topics that will be discussed are:

1. Background & History of FWW

2. Our Water Work: Why We Took On Fracking

3. Victories On Fracking, Oil and Gas Infrastructure Projects

4. Fracking and Virginia

5. Pipelines and VA: The Atlantic Coast and the Mountain Valley Pipelines

6. How we won in NY/ MD on fracking & pipelines

7. Off Fossil Fuels national campaign: Getting to 100% renewables by 2035

8. Problems with factory farms

9. Factory farms in VA

10. What can YOU do? Q and A

Where: 202 North Main Street, Broadway, VA 22815

Directions From Rt. 33 & Rt. 42 in Harrisonburg: Take Rt. 42 north for 13 miles into Broadway. 202 North Main Street is on the left (1 block after the BB&T Bank).

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