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Green Party LogoThe Green Party of Pennsylvania calls for an end to drilling for natural gas and other fossil fuels

Green Party of Pennsylvania

June 10, 2010

I. K. Samways, Chair, GPPA,, 412-215-9161
Jay Sweeney, State Rep. candidate, 111th Dist.,, 570-587-3603
Mel Packer, U.S. Senate candidate,, 412-307-6827

After a blowback spewed gas and toxic water in Clearfield, PA, plus serious incidents including deaths of oil and gas employees in West Virginia and Texas, nearly 2 months of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico and years of mountain top removal, the Green Party of Pennsylvania says "enough already."

Still in its infancy, drilling for gas in the Marcellus Shale has resulted in the poisoning of private drinking water sources in Dimock, the destruction of Dunkard Creek, the pollution of the Monongahela River and the transformation of billions of gallons of Pennsylvania's fresh water resources into untreatable toxic waste.

"The destruction that the oil, gas and coal industry does to our environment is short sighted, unconscionable and criminal," stated Green Party State Representative candidate Jay Sweeney. "It is time to implement a 21st century energy policy based on solar, wind, geothermal and other clean, non-polluting energy sources. If these technologies received the subsidies that the polluting industries receive, we would be well on our way to a clean energy future," Sweeney concluded.

Sweeney is running in the 111th District which covers northeast Pennsylvania, an area with a large amount of drilling activity.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania believes that despite the apparent short-term economic benefits, Marcellus Shale gas drilling will have a net negative economic and environmental impact for Pennsylvania. We do not need these fossil fuels. We should instead be conserving energy, and developing clean, renewable energy sources, activities which if structured effectively can also create jobs and spur economic development.

"Marcellus Shale drilling is poisoning our air, water, and land and must be stopped," declared Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Mel Packer. "These are my comments both as a citizen of this planet, a parent, and as the Green Party candidate for US Senate. I urge all of you to join the struggle to stop ALL Marcellus Shale drilling before Pennsylvania and other states as well become one big SuperFund cleanup site and our children are left with a destroyed environment."

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

See also:
Greens Say No More New Drilling, May 2010

PA Statewide Earth Day Protest, April 2010

Green Party Notes Pro-Drilling Stance of Shale Panel, January 2010

GPPA Calls for Resignation of DEP head John Hanger, April 2009

Green Party Calls on DEP to Regulate Gas Drillers, December 2008

Green Party Condemns Natural Gas Procedure, October 2008

Green Party of PA Statement on Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale