STOP Fracking 3,200 Mars Schoolchildren

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Raised by 120 people in 33 months
Crystal Marie
for Clean Air Council
 MARS, PA
The Mars Area School District School Board voted to unanimously reject a proposal from Rex Energy for drilling under the school property on March 11th. (see news video here:

http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/mars-area-school-board-rejects-drilling-proposal/nfBCn/

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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
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Update 11
Posted by Crystal Marie
14 months ago
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Happy #GivingTuesday! A lot has happened since the last time we updated this campaign.

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!!
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Update 10
Posted by Crystal Marie
28 months ago
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There is a legal challenge at the township level. Now more than ever it is extremely important to donate to help continue the efforts to protect our community and children from this known toxic, dangerous and industrial activity. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/10/14/3579467/pennsylvania-parent-lawsuit-fracking-near-school/

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
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Update 9
Posted by Crystal Marie
29 months ago
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The DEP issued the Geyer permits today. Please support this effort to help protect the children in the Mars Area School District. The DEP has failed us (even after another 1 mile evacuation last week) and so has our township, who changed their own zoning laws to allow this to happen. It is now up to us to protect our children. We are working with Clean Air Council to determine our next steps. We need not just money but members. Make sure your spouse has donated and has become a member. We need everyone's support! Remember- your donations are tax deductible!

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6784977-74/approval-area-energy?fb_action_ids=10100579001134019&fb_action_types=og.comments#axzz3D7XP0O9B
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Update 8
Posted by Crystal Marie
30 months ago
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A township in Lycoming Co PA sued their supervisors, drilling company and landowner who wanted to place a well pad 1/3mile from a residential neighborhood. Judge rules no drilling in Residential Agriculture zone because it is incompatible land use! Help Mars do the same thing to keep the school in a drill free zone! Donate today! http://lewistownsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/594713/Judge-bars-natural-gas-well-in-residential-area.html?isap=1&nav=5013
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Joanie Jordan
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Whatever happened to "the government for the people"? Why do the people need to organize and assemble to beg protection from big business?

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Scott Smith
32 months ago

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

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Whatever happened to "the government for the people"? Why do the people need to organize and assemble to beg protection from big business?

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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

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