Our state legislators betrayed their oath to preserve the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment when they voted to reopen our state forests and open our state parks for natural gas leasing as part of the budget.
No one has a deeper understanding of the importance of clean water and an ethic of stewardship for our land, water and the rest of the natural world on which we all depend than the farmers that I have met.
On Monday July 7, Tom Hoffman from Clean Water Action in Pittsburgh and Khari Mosley from the National Blue Green Alliance were interviewed by Charles Showalter, host of the Union Edge: Labor's Talk Radio Show.
Tom and Khari talked about the importance of supporting the new EPA guidelines that would restore protections to the drinking water for 63% of Pennsylvanians. Hear the interview in its entirety here:
Pittsburgh - Today, the Pittsburgh City Council stood up for clean water and all Pittsburghers and unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to protect clean water. EPA's proposal would clarify which small streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action commends the Council and thanks Councilmen Dan Gilman and Corey O'Connor for introducing the resolution (find the text of the resolution here).
Governor Corbett Defies Public Opinion - Orders More Fracking in State Forests
The public opposes it — nearly 70% of Pennsylvania residents. The state natural resources agency (DCNR) has studied the issue and reports problems. But Gov. Tom Corbett wants to forge ahead with his budget balancing scheme that would reopen state forest lands to natural gas drilling leases.
DNCR says past gas development in state forests has caused: Read more