STOP Fracking 3,200 Mars Schoolchildren
But it doesn't end there for our children. Rex Energy continues efforts to drill 6 unconventional gas wells and place a 15.3 million gallon impoundment (frack pond) half a mile from our school campus of 5 buildings that house over 3200 children. Concerned parents and residents have discovered that the township supervisors intend to allow these wells despite the fact that the proposed location of the wells is in a residentially zoned area that does not allow unconventional gas drilling. For that reason, we ask that you please consider donating to help us continue our legal battle. We have retained the counsel of Jordan Yeager, who successfully challenged portions of the PA Act 13 Oil and Gas Act in front of the PA Supreme Court and continues to challenge other pieces of Act 13, including the "doctor's gag law." Please help us to force our township to abide by it's own laws and comply with the PA Supreme Court's findings in the monumental Act 13 decision regarding the constitutional duty of municipal governments to carry out the duties imposed by the Environmental Rights Amendment.
With the help of Clean Air Council, your donation is tax deductible and 100% will go towards our legal fees. This is a groundbreaking case in PA, and will pave the way for communities and school districts all over the state to stand up and say ENOUGH! Back OFF our children!
For more information, check out our website: http://marsparentgroup.weebly.com/events.html
And check out this recent article about our ongoing efforts: http://www.shalereporter.com/blog/tara_zrinski/article_f653b8a4-efe2-11e3-bd5b-0017a43b2370.html
Unfortunately, as expected, the challenge to the Middlesex Twp. zoning ordinance change that was written and requested by Rex Energy was lost at both the twp zoning hearing board and in the Court of Common Pleas in Butler County. (see most recent article and the state wide implications here ) Both the residents challenging the zoning change that allows oil and gas development in over 90% of the township, and the township and Rex Energy have consistently stated they would appeal any decisions to the highest court possible. At this time, there is no stay on the Geyer well pad, and drilling could commence at anytime.
In the meantime, 13 leaseholders have stepped up to sue 5 Middlesex and Adams Twp. residents who publically objected to the new ordinance as well as Clean Air Council and Delaware Riverkeeper. The leaseholders are suing for damages that include their potential royalty losses which they seem to hope will be in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars, details seen here . That case was dismissed for lack of evidence unless the case was amended, which you can read about here . The leaseholders came back to amend the suit, and that case is currently pending.
This is proving to be a very expensive and drawn out case. Thanks to so many of our wonderful supporters, we have already raised a great deal. But we still owe a significant amount in attorney fees. To continue moving forward with confidence we will need more donations. Remember, all donations made are tax deductible, so if you are looking for end of the year donations for tax purposes, this is a great place to start.
If each person who signed our petition were to donate $20 we would have enough to pay in full. So, donate big or small, each dollar brings us one step closer to winning. Thank you for the many ways you work to protect our children!!
There is also an appeal of the DEP permit with the Environmental Hearing Board. Just today the Post Gazette reports how the DEP stated under oath how they used outdated and incomplete data and manipulated what little they had to show all phases of gas extraction is safe. They did not study children or vulnerable populations. The DEP then used these bogus studies to justify issuing the permits for the Geyer pad just over half a mile from the Mars campus. http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/policy-powersource/2014/10/20/State-studies-on-shale-site-air-emissions/stories/201410170097
Whatever happened to "the government for the people"? Why do the people need to organize and assemble to beg protection from big business?
The game is rigged. Local communities can't prohibit what state law permits. Citizens are left without any legal means to say "no" to unwanted industrial development. In stead, they're given options in terms of how their community will be despoiled: 500 or 600 feet. Watch this video to learn about the problem and solution: http://vimeo.com/60490244