A Franciscan Response to Fracking

Photo of N.J. Fracking Advocacy EventOn Dec. 8, the EPA announced evidence of chemical contamination of ground water in Pavillion, Wyo., a gas field subject to hydraulic fracturing (hydro fracking). The EPA’s draft report is open for public comment for 45 days before a 30-day review by independent scientists.

This announcement came the day before the “Franciscan Response to Fracking” group in New Jersey, coordinated through St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton-Lakes (a parish of Holy Name Province), visited New Jersey state Senator Kevin O’Toole to share their concerns. FAN Action Commissioner Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF participated in the meeting, which also included a chemist, an EPA employee, and Jackie Schramm, parish staff for Social Justice.

In preparation for the conversation, Sr. Maryann reviewed FAN’s webinar on hydrofracking, “There’s Something in the Water: The Challenge of Hydrofracking,” and the slides from FAN Action Commissioner Sr. Caryn Crook, OSF’s reflection and Duke University Professor Rob Jackson, Ph.D’s presentation.

UPDATE (12/14/11):

On Dec. 12, the New Jersey “Franciscan Response to Fracking” group met with N.J. state Senator Joe Pennachio to deliver the following message:

1. EPA has new findings from a study in Pavillion, Wyo., that fracking contaminates underground water resources.
2. N.J. Gov. Christie’s one-year moratorium is insufficient protection against the irreversible health and environmental risks from fracking .
3. We need a COMPLETE BAN ON FRACKING and will continue organizing in our communities until we get it.

The group asks fellow New Jersey constitutents to make a phone call each to N.J. Senate President Sweeney – (856) 251-9801 – and N.J. Assembly Speaker Oliver – (973) 395-1166 – to request a vote to override Governor Christie’s conditional veto of the state ban on fracking.

Anyone who wishes to join the N.J. Franciscan Response to Fracking campaign may contact Jackie Schramm: jschramm@stmarys-pompton.org.

The group’s next meeting is January 4, 2012 at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Carnevale Center, Room 203/204.

Published in: on December 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

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