Stand up for what you believe in – You know what’s at stake!

Pittsburgh – Philadelphia – Ohiopyle – Harrisburg

It’s time to show up and be counted

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR STATE FORESTS

Stand up for what you believe in – You know what’s at stake!

Be a Hero for our Forests
Attend an event to show your support for protecting our precious state forests from further natural gas drilling and for an impact fee to ensure drillers pay their fair share

Currently the state legislature is moving forward with a budget plan that relies on new natural gas drilling leases on state forest land to cover the budget shortfall – threatening our public natural resources and compromising public access to our forest land.

We need forest heroes- our legislators and Governor Rendell must pledge not to support a budget that relies in drilling in forests. Instead, they need to enact a gas extraction impact fee to pay for the damage to natural resources and communities that drilling causes. Our legislators need to support the impact fee and the Save our Forests legislation (HB 2235), which puts a five year freeze on new deep natural gas drilling leases in state forests.

Come to one of these events to stand up for our forests:

April 14, 12:15 – 12:45 p.m. – Philadelphia
Demonstration to Save Pennsylvania’s Forests
Gov. Rendell’s Southeast Office
200 South Broad Street (near Broad and Walnut).
Join us during your lunch hour as we conduct a fun demonstration with a local arts group to show support our remarkable state forests.

April 15, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Ricketts Glen
Picnic in Ricketts Glen State Park to Save Pennsylvania’s Forests
Rickets Glen State Park Picnic Pavilion #2
695 State Route 487, Benton, PA 17814
Gather your friends and family and join us for a relaxing lunch in the park to show your support for protecting our state forests and to simply enjoy the beauty of Ricketts Glen State Park.

April 17, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.- Philadelphia
Annual PennFuture Watershed Workshop: Bold Action to Protect Water Quality in Philadelphia and Beyond
Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
This workshop will discuss changes Philadelphia is making to ensure the health of our waterways and take a look at Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, and why it is relevant to local water quality.

April 20, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.- Pittsburgh
Rally for the Trees to Save Pennsylania’s Forests
Portico steps of the City-County Building, 414 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA  15219.
Grab your friends and spend your lunch hour showing your support for Pennsylania’s state forests.

April 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Ohiopyle
Celebrate Our Forests – and learn more about gas drilling
Ohiopyle Stewart Community Center
15 Sherman Street, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Learn more about natural gas drilling – what it is and what the impacts will be – and share your stories about what our state forests mean to you.  We’ll deliver your stories to elected officials on Earth Day in Harrisburg.

April 22, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – Harrisburg
Earth Day Rally to Protect Penn’s Woods
Pennsylvania State Capitol Main Rotunda
Gather your friends, postcards, and signs and join us in a rally encouraging our legislators to protect Penn’s Woods.

Coordinator www.PaForestCoalition.org

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Marcellus Shale Muster!!!

Marcellus Shale Muster – January 30, 2010

A Muster to build a strong coalition
in support of a natural gas extraction tax and protection of public forest and park land

Nittany Lion Inn, State College, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join the fight to:

  • Require big drilling companies to pay a severance tax on the extraction of Marcellus Shale gas so we can invest in the land, water wildlife and communities “hosting” the drilling;
  • Protect the precious resources our state forests provide and stop them from being treated like an ATM machine, by imposing a moratorium on further leasing of public land for gas drilling until we know the environmental and economic impacts;
  • Ensure that the Oil and Gas Lease Fund is used primarily for conservation purposes so our children are left with more than empty gas wells and degraded public lands.

We cannot do this alone. We need you to join the campaign to ensure that gas drillers pay their fair share to the people of Pennsylvania for the use of their natural and community resources and to gain adequate protection of our state forest and park lands.

At the Summit you will:

  • Hear from key legislative leaders about the importance of a severance tax on natural gas drilling;
  • Get a briefing about the challenges of managing gas drilling on state forest and state park land;
  • Learn how profitable the Marcellus Shale deposit is for gas drillers;
  • Find out how volunteers are becoming watch dogs;
  • Find out how you can help build a strong campaign.

Cost to attend the Muster is $25; registration is required. Click here to register toda

Do you know what the Oil & Gas Fund is?

The Oil and Gas Lease Fund Act was created in 1955. As I understand it, the money that goes into this fund comes from the leasing of state land to gas companies (except game lands) for gas drilling. The money in this fund is only to be used for conservation programs that might include things like building or fixing state parks, dams and flood control, purchasing land, and maybe fixing up any messes the gas industry makes, etc. Follow this link for a better explanation.

http://www.landandwater.org/oilgasfund.html

The state of Pennsylvania needs money. At one point Governor Rendell voiced his approval of a severance tax, which would put money from the leasing of state land back into a variety of funds, including DCNR, DEP and other conservation organizations like the fish and game commission. Over the past month or so he seems to have changed his mind. He no longer supports a severance tax. He has stated that he feels it would hurt or disable the gas industry at such an early point in their endeavor. (PLEASE!) So he has laid out some other options for making money instead. One of them is to take funding from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund and put some of that money into the the general fund. There are two ways to do that and they are both explained in the above link.

There is also some discussion of the same thing in the below article from Pennlive.com. I have to say, despite some of the referencing to what the republicans want versus what the democrats want, I find that this really isn’t (or shouldn’t be) about political parties. This issue is about people who pay taxes in the state of PA (that’s all of us). It’s about Pennsylvanians caring for and appreciating their forests and streams. It’s about wanting to have a safe and healthy place to hunt and fish, paddle, hike, bike and camp. It’s about being responsible to ourselves as tax payers and public land users. I feel that the politicians who represent us, especially here in Tioga County, forget that they have their offices because we chose them to do a job for us. Let’s keep reminding them to do it right.

http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2009/10/the_biggest_loser_in_pennsylva.html