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PA groups to Baker: support the moratorium; Keep ‘Independence from Fracking’

Pennsylvania residents and members of groups like Damascus Citizens for Sustainability rallied in front of Senator Lisa Baker’s office in Hawley, PA on July 11 to protest fracking and show support in favor of a state-wide gas drilling moratorium.
TRR photos by Isabel Braverman

During the meeting, Barbara Arrindell, the director of DCS, presented known health and environmental risks that are a result of fracking. She said, “Does a business plan rule over public health?” She went on to respond to Baker’s assessment that fracking will bring in money, countering that it is a “boom and bust industry,” and that the majority of Pennsylvania residents will see no benefit from the supposed wealth. Later she said, “Lisa Baker was voted into office by people, not companies.”

At the end of the meeting, Yoniski said he will take all of their comments to Baker. Baker is a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who has represented the 20th District since 2007. Her term expires in 2014.

Zinnes said that they may not have changed Baker’s vote, but “We informed and showed how much we care. We showed her that the opposite viewpoint is not the only one.” In addition to wanting Baker to support a moratorium, Zinnes said, “We would also love for her to help provide adequate funding for the DEP, to support legitimate health, economic and social studies of the effects of fracking, for her to read carefully all the articles and reports we are sending her, and to push PA towards a sustainable and renewable energy future.”