I wanted to pass along this note from our friend Karen in PA. While we're all working to ban fracking everywhere, she's fighting an important battle to protect Pennsylvania's children first. Take a look, and sign on to her petition before their Wednesday delivery if you can.
Drew and the anti-fracking crew at Environmental Action
Would it surprise you to hear that schoolchildren attend classes perilously close to oil and gas wells, compressor stations, and other related infrastructure?
The obvious concern is safety because accidents resulting in explosions and fires can and do happen, but proximity to oil & gas operations also exposes children to toxins that can lead to health and developmental issues.
Protect Our Children is a coalition of parents groups and environmental and health advocates calling for a one mile separation between schools and wells or infrastructure projects.
Doesn't sound like we're asking a lot, right?
Well, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection didn't provide for that separation in its proposed rules that will be open for public comment until May 19th. Earlier this week, we kicked off the #OneMileMinimum campaign to raise awareness of the need for the separation and pressure public officials to amend the rules to include it.
Will you help send a message to the PA DEP that we demand a one mile minimum separation for the sake of our children?
If you've already signed, thanks! Please share the link with your friends and family in Pennsylvania! We have a short time to gather a lot of signatures.
We’ll deliver your signatures to regional DEP offices across the state on Earth Day, April 22nd at noon!
Visit our event page if you’d like to take part!
P.S. If you can help spread the word by submitting a short letter to the editor to a PA paper, please click here!