Call to Action: Protest DoE Shale Gas Advisory Board Sham

At request of President Obama, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has convened a board of “experts who will make recommendations to improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations.” The panel is convening a public hearing on Monday, June 13, in Washington, PA to “hear directly from natural gas stakeholders.”

However, the Advisory Board is stacked in favor of shale gas drilling: six of seven members of the advisory board had current financial ties to the natural gas industry. The sole “representative” for environmental concerns is Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund, which supports fracking in the shale formations.

To make matters worse, the gas industry lobbying firm Energy in Depth is paying for supporters to attend the hearing and speak in favor of drilling. They are offering other incentives for people to come.

Please join us at 6pm to protest the legitimacy of the Advisory Board and to stand up for clean water, clean air, and a frack-free future. We will have signs and banners, but please feel free to bring your own. The hearing begins at 7pm, but starting at 6:30pm the conveners will start accepting names for speakers. Here's the location:

Olin Fine Arts Center at Washington & Jefferson
285 E. Wheeling St.
Washington, PA

NOTE: If you’re coming from Pittsburgh, be sure to leave early because of rush hour traffic.

If you need a ride or have a ride to share, please use the “comment” section on the Facebook Event page for this protest.

"Drilling lobbying group antes up freebies to get folks to public meeting" [Post-Gazette]

"Federal Fracking Panel Heavy With Industry Influence, Critics Charge" [Huffington Post]

From Pittsburgh's other paper

"Drillers to pay supporters to attend safety hearing" [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]