"Stop the Madness!": June 20 Rally and March

Marcellus Protest is one of eleven organizations who joined in a "Stop the Madness!" rally and march on Tuesday, June 20, in Pittsburgh. Our purpose was to stand in solidarity with those who are bearing the burden of fossil fuel madness, and to send a message the fossil fuel industries and to President Trump: "Not in our name!"

In the week of June 18-24, 2017, two major fossil fuel industry conferences were held in Pittsburgh.

  • The Northeast Petrochemical Construction Conference met at the Sheraton Station Square on the Monongahela River. They came because of the air-polluting Shell cracker plant being built in Beaver County, which they intend to replicate four-fold or more.
  • Across town, the annual Developing Unconventional Gas (“DUG East”) conference met at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on the Allegheny River. That group came to press for even more drilling, more toxic waste, compressor stations, processing plants, and pipelines for shale gas extraction.

Ironically, both of these rivers, our region’s major source of drinking water, have been polluted by the fossil fuel industry. Not only has our rivers and climate future been adversely impacted by these groups, they are also responsible for harms inflicted directly upon our fellow citizens. Between them, these two conferences demonstrated a double-barreled threat to Western Pennsylvania: fracking and cracking, each justifying itself as “necessary” for the profitability of the other.
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