RDA takes clean water action

Responsible Drilling Alliance

Clean Water Action

Coalition for Responsible Growth and Resource Conservation

Organizations United for the Environment

November 2, 2009


To Whom It May Concern:

On November 11, 2009, Clean Water Action (“CWA”) and the Responsible Drilling Alliance (“RDA”) along with the Coalition for Responsible Growth and Resource Conservation (“CRGRC”) and Organizations United for the Environment (“OUE”) will sponsor an informal summit of environmental, conservation, and fish and wildlife organizations active in North Central Pennsylvania for the purpose of discussing – and to the extent possible coordinating – our efforts in response to the various Marcellus Shale gas activities underway in our region. We cordially invite one or more representatives from your organization to attend.

RDA is a non-profit corporation based in Williamsport. Our membership, drawn mostly from Lycoming County, totals over 200 and is growing. Our mission is to promote, through advocacy and education, a legal, political, and social order that ensures that gas exploration in Pennsylvania will be conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.

The challenges are great. The federal and state regulations governing the extraction of natural gas, and the treatment of its wastes, are largely obsolete or inadequate, and the recent 27% cut in Pennsylvania’s environmental protection budget ensures that what regulations do exist will be inadequately enforced. In the circumstances, to protect our water, air and land will take concerted action, if not Herculean labor. Our goal in calling a summit is to clarify what share of the lifting each of us is doing now, and to begin to formulate plans, strategies, and partnerships for the days ahead.

The November 11 meeting will be fairly informal. Initially, representatives from RDA, CWA, CRGRC, and OUE will speak about our efforts to date, and may screen a brief video. We would ask that you give a brief introduction of your organization, its work, and the concerns of its members.  We will then moderate an open discussion about goals, strategies, information-sharing, and opportunities for collaboration or consensus-building. Light refreshments will be served.

The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport (1307 Park Avenue). If you and other members of your organization can attend, please RSVP to Mark Szybist at mszybist@verizon.net or 570-447-4019 no later than November 9. We look forward to seeing you on November 11.




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