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

Pennsylvania lawmakers say bill that halts drilling in Marcellus Shale aims to protect forests

By DONALD GILLILAND, The Patriot-News

March 28, 2010, 7:38PM

Pennsylvania lawmakers should learn from history and from Dr. Seuss, said Robert F. Davey Jr., a retired forester with 38 years of experience in Penn’s Woods. The state’s forests were decimated by rampant logging in the 19th century and a number of its streams were polluted by unrestricted mining, Davey said. He compared those scenarios to “The Lorax” by Seuss, the tale of a species of trees being nearly wiped out, with only one seed remaining.  Davey said lawmakers should be careful when profiting from the Marcellus gas boom “so that future generations won’t be saddled with mistakes we made because of a myopic view of natural-resource limitations or outright greed.”

To read the full article with comments, click here:

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/03/pennsylvania_lawmakers_claim_b.html

“Green Dogs” take up with the “Hunt Dogs”

Lawmakers line up against governor’s forest leasing plan
Monday, February 22, 2010
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A caucus of 37 “green dog” and “hunting dog” legislators is barking mad about a Rendell administration budget proposal that would seek to raise $180 million by leasing more state forest land for Marcellus shale gas well drilling…. In a Feb. 3 letter to the governor, the legislators called for a moratorium on state forest land leasing until the “long-term environmental, fiscal, economic and social impacts” are studied and reviewed and requested a meeting with the governor on the issue….

To read the full article. click here:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10053/1037700-454.stm

Uh-Oh!

Beneath Pennsylvania’s forests lies a treasure worth billions of dollars.

by Isaiah Thompson

Our capitol may be a cesspool of corruption — hello, Bonusgate — but we’ve got us a real nice state forest. Pennsylvania is one of nine states whose forests are certified “sustainable” by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

But even that proud jewel could get buried in the dung. Beneath Pennsylvania’s forests, beneath a big piece of rock known as the Marcellus Shale, lies another treasure — natural gas, worth billions of dollars, some of it on state-owned land. Uh-oh.

You can read the rest of this article at:

http://citypaper.net/articles/2010/02/04/pennsylvania-forestry-drilling-natural-gas

Gas tax makes sense

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20100118_Editorial__Gas_tax_makes_sense.html

Nice editorial from the Philadelphia Inquirer about taxing the energy companies for drilling int he Marcellus Shale in PA.

What the Philly Inquirer Has to Say…

Got these from a  fellow group member this morning.

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/81082272.html

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/currents/81082787.html

The attached articles concerning the Marcellus Shale  appeared in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer under bylines of two reputable reporters. The fracking article by Andrew Maykuth summarizes some of the problems and concerns. Kevin Ferris’s column  presents information about how other states have handled oil and gas income and moves on to describe proposals from various PA politicians. You have to love his suggested 11th Commandment.
Peace,
Barb

SRBC working with East Resources

http://srbc.net/whatsnew/Newsletters/article_32.asp

Here is a link to an update from the SRBC (on their website) about how they are working with East Resources to put in water monitoring stations. East resources has offered to pay for part of this system as well.

It is nice to see some of the gas companies and the various watershed organizations working together, finally! Now, if we could just get the state legislators on the same page….I was thoroughly disgusted when I received an updated mailing from Matt Baker the other day. He states that he could not support certain parts of the state budget because it included raising some taxes and that would bring a hardship to PA residents. I find it ironic that he also found it impossible to vote for a severance tax from the gas industries, which would be bringing in an amount of money that might have been equivalent to the amount that taxes were going to be raised. Over all I felt that his statements reflected only half of what went on in Harrisburg during the budget meetings; the half that makes him look good to people who are still ignorant or uneducated about the Marcellus Shale. His mailing also had no mention of the gas boom in PA and how it has effected our budget, amongst other things. Pretending something doesn’t exist, doesn’t make it go away.