GPPA Statement Condemns Natural Gas Procedure

Says no to “fracking” and no drilling on public lands

This week, the Green Party of Pennsylvania issued a statement calling for the abolition of “fracking” in natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, and a total ban on natural gas drilling on public land, due to the potential for environmental damage and poisoning of local water supplies. This is especially relevant given the large amount of natural gas under Pennsylvania, located in what is known as the “Marcellus Shale.”

Fracking is a procedure that involves pumping a mixture of sand, water, and chemical additives under high pressure into the underground rock to fracture so as to release a greater flow of natural gas. These chemical additives can be quite dangerous, even leaving small amounts of radioactivity in the resulting waste. Fracking even a single natural gas well consumes millions of gallons of water, which can be a significant burden on local water tables.

Interest in drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation has been one of the hottest energy developments in the U.S. in 2008. An initial wave of over 900 PA drilling permits were approved in June, and that number is likely to multiply several times over during the next year or so.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania, is an independent political party founded on the four pillars of grassroots democracy, social justice, ecological wisdom and nonviolence.

To read the full statement on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, visit: this page.


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