Global Frackdown Begins Tomorrow
On September 21st activists across the world are rising up against the proliferation of the shale gas drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. As Mark Schlosberg writes for Food and Water Watch:
Tomorrow, communities across the world are fighting back with one unified message: our movement is growing, our movement is strong, and we do not accept fracking and its impacts on our water, air, health and communities. It’s time to ban fracking now.
The September 22 Global Frackdown, the first international day of action to ban fracking, will be marked with actions in over 20 countries, on five continents. Many of the actions will take place in states or countries where communities are under attack from fracking. Others will occur in places where decision makers are considering whether or not to lift bans or moratoria that are already in place.
With so much at stake, some actions for the Global Frackdown are already underway. In Canada yesterday, the Council of Canadians delivered 10,000 petitions to Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent. Later that day, the Quebec Natural Resources Minister signaled she would move to ban fracking in that that province. Other actions have already taken place in Brussels outside the European Parliament, New Jersey, West Virginia, Illinois and Michigan.
Yesterday, 1,000 people gathered in Pennsylvania for Protecting Our Water’s Shale Gas Outrage demonstration to protest a major industry conference and call for a halt to fracking.
The battle over fracking lately has been a few steps forward and a few steps back. In South Africa, a moratorium against fracking was just lifted, but activists there are preparing for a long fight. In New York, where plans to begin fracking seemed to be quickly sailing along, public opposition has slowed the process — giving more time for studies (including a health study) and public education. And today in New Jersey, Governor Christie vetoed a bill that would have banned New Jersey’s processing and disposal of the highly-toxic wastewater from fracking.
If you want to join in the action this week, you can find an event near you.