350.org served as the host organization that put together the training events. It is named such because 350 parts per million of carbon-dioxide in the air is the highest safe level recommended by scientists. However, Josh Fox, film maker and creator of Gasland, pointed out that 350 is also symbolic of the $350,000 that the gas industry gave to OH’s Governor, Fox stated, “that means that there’s a horizontal well bore going down from somewhere in the gas industry, snaking underneath the capitol and injecting money up through the chamber. They’re fracking up your government.”
Tour de Frack, a Butler County, PA based organization, was in attendance, carrying jugs of drinking water from water wells that had been contaminated from hydraulic fracturing in their community. The group plans to ride from Butler, PA to Washington, D.C. in an effort to raise awareness about the toxic effects of natural gas drilling. The riders will meet with various groups in D.C. and participate in the Stop the Frack Attack rally that will be held Saturday, July 28 on the lawn of the Capitol.
As the “gold rush” for natural gas continues to put profit before people, citizens are waking up to the reality of grave health concerns, including headaches, vomiting, intestinal poisoning and cancers. In the country, farmers are faced with stillborn animals and dead livestock. Pennsylvania seems to be serving the eastern part of the country as a lab rat, and if there’s anything we can learn from the disasters out west, especially in Wyoming, it’s that it is impossible to contain all of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. For every gallon of frack fluid that goes into the Marcellus Shale, only half of the waste water is returned.
Please voice your concern in your local community. Educate yourself around the issues and know-You Are Not Alone.
-Shayna Metz (TDF)