Pacem in Terris Young Peacemakers Bring Together Pizza and Real Talk on Fracking
The Sierra Club's volunteer and outreach coordinator Stephanie Herron was invited to give a talk about Hydraulic Fracturing by Pacem in Terris’ “Young Peacemakers”, a group that was recently formed to bring young people together around issues of social and environmental justice. The group meets monthly over pizza to discuss issues and build a community of socially concerned individuals and this month’s topic was fracking.
The greater Pacem in Terris membership was invited to join the Young Peacemakers for a special viewing of The Sky is Pink , Josh Fox’s 18 minute follow up to his wildly popular documentary Gasland. After the film I went into a little more detail about some of the problems raised in the movie, including water contamination from cement casing failures and air pollution from old wells leaking methane. I pointed out that approximately 6% of well casings will fail immediately and 50% will fail within 30 years as stated in the movie, but more importantly ALL WELLS WILL FAIL eventually. This is because by nature, cement does not last forever.
Stephanie talked to the group about the current moratorium on fracking that our watershed enjoys, highlighting the role of the Governor of Delaware as a member of the Delaware River Basin Commission. Some people already knew about Governor Markell’s decision last November not to support drilling regulations that would have opened our watershed up to fracking but had not heard yet about his recent comments at the Mitchell Hall debate on Wednesday: “Once you turn this proverbial faucet on, you can’t turn it off.”
We compared a map of the Marcellus Shale with a map of the Delaware River Basin Watershed and pointed out where this water comes into Delaware. The group discussed how Delawareans could be negatively affected by fracking even though no shale exists under our state. Then we finished our discussion over some pizza provided by Pacem in Terris.
Delaware Sierra Club Beyond Natural Gas Page: http://delaware.sierraclub.org/fracking
Map of the Marcellus Shale: http://geology.com/articles/marcellus-shale.shtml
Map of the Delaware River Basin watershed: http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/library/documents/maps/basin1.pdf
Delaware River Basin Commission website: http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/