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Saturday, November 19, 2011

444 days later...the Susquehanna still bubbles

This weekend, we will mark the 444th day that the 444-mile-long Susquehanna River has been bubbling methane and who knows what else on the north branch in Bradford County near Sugar Run, PA.

There will be no parades, no speeches, and no cakes laden with a whole boatload of candles. For those of us who love the Susquehanna, and seek to protect her, it is an anniversary we would most definitely like to forget.

Bubbling Waters 2 - Susquehanna River from Don Williams on Vimeo.

Susquehanna River Bubbling Methane on 7/17/2011 from Don Williams on Vimeo.

On 05 Sept 2010, the field of bubbles was at least 50' x 150'.
Photo by Don Williams

But alas...we cannot.
Our bought-and-paid-for "hero" governor continues to push the natural gas industry's agenda onward, the DEP continues to regurgitate their industry-concocted statements, the SRBC continues to rubber-stamp consumptive withdrawals from our exceptional value and Class A trout waters...yet many good men and women continue to remain silent.

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission's next quarterly meeting in Wilkes-Barre on December 15th presents a great opportunity to be heard. Believe me, the natural gas industry will be well represented there. But more than that, with the "active" role the SRBC claims to play in flood monitoring and control within the Susquehanna's watershed, it will be an opportunity for all those impacted by record flooding in early September to let them know what a great job they are doing.
My friends, don't let the SRBC continue to facilitate the rape of the largest watershed in our commonwealth. Come out and be heard.

Be the voice of the Susquehanna River.

Be the voice of future generations.

If nothing else...be there!

You won't regret it.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

-Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

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