Join Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant this coming Tuesday, November 27 at 7:15pm as they discuss their upcoming feature film, “Promised Land”, filmed in Pennsylvania and deals with gas drilling, land use and hydraulic fracking. It’s free.
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Sixty miles west of Damascus, the town of Dimock, population 1,400, makes all too clear the dangers posed by hydraulic fracturing. You don’t need to drive around Dimock long to notice how the rolling hills and farmland of this Appalachian town are scarred by barren, square-shaped clearings, jagged, newly constructed roads with 18-wheelers driving up and down them, and colorful freight containers labeled “residual waste.” Although there is a moratorium on drilling new wells for the time being, you can still see the occasional active drill site, manned by figures in hazmat suits and surrounded by klieg lights, trailers, and pits of toxic wastewater, the derricks towering over barns, horses, and cows in their shadows.
The lawsuit accuses Cabot of negligence and says it has failed to restore water supplies to residents when it has been disrupted by gas drilling. It seeks a permanent injunction to stop the drilling processes that are blamed for the contamination, as well as unspecified compensatory damages. Read more
Listen to Concerned Citizens of Ulysses’ great radio spot featuring the voices of people from Dimock, Pennsylvania, who have been affected by natural gas drilling. Let’s not let the same devastation happen in our region.
Join us on Thursday, November 19th, 2009:
A Pennsylvania state coalition of environmental, watershed, and sporting organizations is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take immediate action following a large scale fish kill in Dunkard Creek. View the press release