Huge Anti-Fracking Lobby Day in Pennsylvania State Capitol
On Tuesday, there was a rally of people from all over the state [#47] , who then went and sought meetings with their Legislators [#15]. They also attempted to arrange a meeting with Gov. Corbett, who would not respond.
"Crystal Stroud, a 29-year-old hair stylist from Towanda, quietly told the crowd she and her husband had signed a drilling lease and thought at the time it was a good thing. Then her hair started falling out, her hands trembling. Doctors gave her medicine for anxiety. Then she got worse, losing her sense of balance and slurring her speech.
She said on April 11 she got a call that tests of her water revealed dangerously high levels of barium as well as strontium, manganese, lead, methane and radiological materials.
Subsequent blood tests confirmed high levels of barium in Stroud’s body. "
"Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Pittsburgh, was a featured speaker at the main rally in the capitol rotunda only a few minutes earlier. Ferlo told a roaring crowd of over 300 “We need a Marcellus Shale whiskey rebellion in this state!” — referring the first major constitutional test of George Washington’s government which was put down by federal troops. "
A nice report from the local (Fox!), Harrisburg area, news station, gives you a real feel of the size and energy of the group.