pennsylvania

Crossposted on NRDC's Switchboard.

Last Friday night I went to the supermarket to buy several five gallon jugs of water. Being a longtime environmental advocate, it felt wrong to be buying bottled water.  But more than that, it felt strange to be buying water to meet the drinking needs of fellow Americans. Many assume that in the wealthiest country in the world, everyone has access to all of the potable water they could ever need. But that’s not necessarily true for many people living in shale country. The next day, I and 30 New York college students would be visiting Pennsylvania to see how fracking is threatening American communities and, more immediately, to deliver clean drinking water to people that have been living without it for some time.

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Imagine living in a place that’s so serene that when you open your eyes…you’ll swear you are standing inside of your dream.

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Yesterday, Pennsylvania Senate Democrats and Republicans voted 47-2 for SB 367 that will allow state university campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and prisons to be leased for fracking and Marcellus drilling infrastructure that includes waste pits and gas processing.

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From www.occupywellstreet.blogspot.com :

As harvest time comes to a close out here in the rural Pennsylvania areas, we are excited to watch the Occupy Wall Street movement grow, but there is something missing on the streets of our nation's cities.

Rural people are that missing ingredient.

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