Members of Groundswell, Eco-Action at Penn State, Elk County C.A.R.E.S.
and multiple other groups from Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and
Ohio will be participating in the Marcellus Protest 2011: ³Power To The
People, Not The Corporations² rally to be held on November 18 at Penn
State University in State College, PA.
The rally is a two-part event. The first rally will be held on the steps
of Old Main from noon until 1:00pm. This rally will celebrate the passing
of a voter referendum on November 8th in State College that affirms that
community¹s environmental rights and bans any future natural gas drilling
in State College.
An open letter to the Penn State Board of Trustees will be delivered
expressing concerns about the large amounts and non-disclosure of funding
that the University has accepted from the natural gas industry and its
effect on the objectivity of this taxpayer-funded state university. A copy
of the letter will be made available to the media.
The second event, from 1:30 3:30pm, will be held outside the Penn State
Conference Center, which is hosting the Marcellus Summit 2011 sponsored by
Range Resources and Chesapeake Energy, among others.
As the industry-sponsored Shale Gas Impact conference in Philadelphia
inspired the Shale Gas Outrage rally, participants plan to have a large
presence outside the Marcellus Summit 2011. This will be a peaceful,
non-confrontational rally with the objective of high visibility to both
conference attendees and the University.
We think ex-PA Governor Ed Rendell said it best as he recently lectured
gas industry executives at the Shale Gas Impact conference:
³[Drillers have] screwed up so bad that there are protesters everywhere
anybody associated with this goes, and the protesters grow stronger and
deeper in number.²
Other groups participating include Marcellus Protest, Sustainability Now
Radio, Sierra Club Moshannon Group, Responsible Drilling Alliance,
Allegheny Defense Project, PACWA (Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water
and Air), Protecting Our Waters and Gas Truth of Central PA.
Peter Buckland, a member of Groundswell and host of Sustainability Now
Radio and others will be available on the day of the rally for interviews.
Mr. Buckland may also be contacted before the event for pre-rally
With Over 70% of The Vote, State College, PA Overwhelmingly Votes to Ban
Natural Gas Drilling:
No Cheap Skates at Penn State, Thanks to Donor:
Drilling on Campus: Corporate Funding of Shale Studies at Universities
Shale Gas Summit at Penn State - November 16 - 18:
Shale Gas Insight 2011:
Eco-Action @ Penn State:
Elk County C.A.R.E.S. (Citizens Advocating Responsible Environmental
Sustainability Now Radio:
Sierra Club, Moshannon Group:
Responsible Drilling Alliance:
Allegheny Defense Project:
PACWA (Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air):
Protecting Our Waters:
Marcellus Protest 2011 Rally - Penn State University - November 18