From the organizers of the protest:
Marriage Between Shale and Sustainability is a Fake
Penn. -- A coalition of Pennsylvania and Ohio students and residents staged a
mock wedding today at the EQT Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh to condemn the
misguided union of corporations and environmental nonprofits through the Center
for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD). Oil and gas companies, such as Shell,
Chevron, and CONSOL Energy, and environmental nonprofits, such as the
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), and
Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), began working together in March of 2013
in order to create a set of voluntary regulations for hydraulic fracturing or
“fracking." The demonstrators have asked all environmental nonprofits to divorce
themselves from CSSD due to irreconcilable differences.
central mission is to promote the idea of “sustainable shale," but fracking is
fossil fuels is the primary driver of climate destabilization and oil and gas
are finite resources. The gas industry is well aware of this, having admitted
that they can only provide gas for a limited amount of time. The concept of
sustainable shale is an oxymoron. The gas industry is using their partnership
with environmental nonprofits to co-opt the brand of sustainability and hide the
destruction caused by fracking.
is poised to greenwash fracking and congratulate companies for extraction that
is anything but sustainable. In our region, the boom and bust of the fossil fuel
industry has left landscapes poisoned and vacant. The last thing we need is the
false hope of sustainable shale development,” said a Pittsburgh resident who
asked not to be named.
amounts of methane leak into the atmosphere during the life-cycle of gas
production, exacerbating climate change.# Fracking is economically unsustainable
as well; communities that focus on extraction experience boom-bust cycles and
are less prosperous in the long term.# There are also significant health
impacts associated with fracking. A recent study found that risks of cancer were
significantly elevated for people who live within half a mile of a fracking
Dorner, the bride at the mock wedding, said, “The
only future that we have is a sustainable one, and there is no room for fossil
fuels in it. We have to transition to renewable energy immediately, not just
move from one dirty fossil fuel to another.”
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The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
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