Marcellus Shale and what you can do

The issues surrounding Marcellus Shale drilling in our region is a recurring topic of conversation, engaging many of our residents. Several have asked how they can get involved in disseminating information to others in our region and looking for additional information about this topic.

PennEnvironment is a good place to start. Their site offers information not only about the impact of Marcellus Shale drilling, but also on building greener, water quality issues and health in our community. They have, along with several other organizations, organized a free workshop geared towards those interested in getting involved in organizing around the Marcellus Shale issue. You can RSVP for the training sessions or simply use the new, interactive website that provides access to extensive information on drilling in our area and its impacts.

From their site:

Almost every week that goes by, there seems to be another accident from gas drilling, another story of someone’s water being poisoned, or another drilling rig being built in one of our state forests. Have you been wondering how you can protect your family from gas drilling or how to be a more effective organizer? On January 13th and 15th, we’re offering you the opportunity to do both.

We’ll teach you how to recruit volunteers, generate massive media coverage in local newspapers and on local TV, and how to use a new interactive web tool that will help you coordinate with other concerned citizens and track gas drilling impacts in your community.

Please RSVP and let us know if you can make one of the two trainings.

What: Get Organized: Skills to Protect your Community in the Marcellus Shale

Where and When:

• Thursday, January 13th, 6:30 p.m. Center for Healthy Environments & Communities (CHEC) 5th Floor Conference Room, Bridgeside Point Building, 100 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


• Saturday, January 15th, 12:30 p.m. Connellsville Free Library, 299 South Pittsburgh Street, Connellsville, PA 15425

Who: The trainings are co-sponsored by PennEnvironment, Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, Earthworks OGAP, Clean Water Action, Mountain Watershed Association, Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), and the Three Rivers Waterkeeper.