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Thursday, August 26, 2010

MSNBC, PBS: Who's Next?

MSNBC has picked it up. I'm hearing PBS is about to. The ripple effect continues...kinda like an approaching tsunami for the folks @ BIG OIL.  Check it out here and here:

NE Pa. activists air drilling fears at 'Gas Stock'
-Levittown — Activists and artists gathered in northeastern Pennsylvania over the weekend to air their concerns about natural gas drilling at a concert and rally they billed as "Gas Stock."Nine artists performed at Saturday's event at the Luzerne County Fairgrounds in front of a banner imitating the famous Woodstock logo of a dove and a guitar _ but with a drilling rig instead of the guitar. Some performers played activist anthems while others offered original songs opposing gas drilling."Smell of death, all around. Those lousy noisy drills, the only sound. Wish they just kept that shale in the ground," sang Drew Kelly, of Scranton, in a song he wrote for the concert, "Talkin' Marcellus Shale Drillin' Blues."The free concert was sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Citizens in Action Group. Organizers said they hoped to educate citizens about the risks of natural gas drilling, which they contend will cause pollution."There are a lot of people who that don't even know the issue exists," organizer Roxanne Pauline of Taylor said. "This really hasn't reached the cities, because people in the cities haven't been affected by it yet."The event apparently drew many attendees from New York state, judging by licenses on vehicles in the parking lot. But those driving did not include Don Williams, of Montgomery County, who said he and his daughters, Lisa and Lauren Williams, and two local bloggers walked more than 10 miles to the event from Wilkes-Barre's Nesbitt Park."I've attended several of these meetings where the gas industry people basically said, 'If you drove here and you don't support what we're doing, you're a hypocrite.' I remembered that," Williams said. "That's why I did it, being able to say I had the lowest carbon footprint here today."Jack Ossont said he drove three hours from Himrod, N.Y., to show support and visit friends after learning of the event."The people here are worried," he said. "Once you see the rigs start coming, hear horror stories from Dimock and lies about the effects of drilling, it's natural."   - from MSNBC.com
For those of us that attended Gas Stock, be proud.             
For those of us that walked to Gas Stock...be prouder. My cell phone was ringing with calls I never anticipated yesterday, and the number of, ummmm, let's just say interesting visitors to this blog broke the triple digit threshold once again.  I hope the folks from law firms were first year associates on their three minute lunch breaks.                                 
I've been doing this stuff for a long time, and as some of you know, I've been involved in opposing and shutting down some projects that many thought were "done deals."  Where is Constellation's 750MW power plant on the Susquehanna? Gone. Where is Congressman Kanjorski's inflatable dam? Gone.
My friends and fellow bloggers, this one's a lot bigger and will take a lot longer, but thanks to Gas Stock - the faint whisper of hope has just gained quite a few decibels. That rumblin' in the distance? That would be us.
Stay engaged and stay enraged. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

NOTE: If there's another Gas Stock anywhere...there will be another walk.
Mitakuye Oyasin.

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