Protect Our Water: No Fracking Waste in the Delaware River

Please join us in taking action to stop the Delaware River from being polluted with toxic wastewater produced by fracking! The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a regulatory agency that is charged with protecting the watershed, has proposed allowing companies to dump wastewater produced by the gas industry into the river. Nearly 17 million of … Continue reading Protect Our Water: No Fracking Waste in the Delaware River

What’s so bad about the Nicetown gas power plant?

Folks new to our campaign have asked... What’s so bad about the Nicetown gas power plant? It's a gas power plant to burn fracked gas to generate electricity for trains, planned by SEPTA, our transit agency. Mostly, we feel that the people have a right to breathe, and ask that SEPTA take the lead in … Continue reading What’s so bad about the Nicetown gas power plant?

SEPTA Board must remove conflicts of interest, conduct hearings on Nicetown gas plant

SEPTA Board must remove conflicts of interest, conduct hearings on Nicetown gas plant The SEPTA Board of Directors will vote this Thursday, March 23, on a resolution to ratify approval of a natural gas power plant near Wayne Junction in Nicetown. There has been no serious justification for this unnecessary project beyond the buzzword “resiliency.” … Continue reading SEPTA Board must remove conflicts of interest, conduct hearings on Nicetown gas plant

Marcellus Shale – A Blessing or a Curse?

Our state has been blessed, some say. Possibly cursed, say some others. I’m talking about the abundant gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale. Cursed because of issues during Extraction, Transportation & Consumption.  Extraction is also known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking. When chemicals are forced into the ground, they contaminate the water table, affecting the well water of rural townships. As the gas … Continue reading Marcellus Shale – A Blessing or a Curse?

Yesterday we were the Water Protectors

Yesterday, we were the Water Protectors, driving from Philly to Washington Crossing State Park to a public hearing of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), per invitation from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Promoted as a low-key event, scheduled for a mid-week mid-afternoon, we didn’t expect much. Until we got there! Just in the walk from the … Continue reading Yesterday we were the Water Protectors

Pipeline Resistance is In the Air 

At a recent forum, the CEO of the local refinery in south Philadelphia stated that pipeline development is key to the fossil fuel-based energy hub’s development.  At the same forum, a representative of the PA Public Utility Commission stated, “We have to get gas to markets. We can do it, but it’s going to take political … Continue reading Pipeline Resistance is In the Air 

Grassroots group sues transit agency

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Date: February 1, 2017 Contact: Peter Winslow Phone Number: (914)227-3795 Email: pjwinslow@gmail.com Web: 350Philadelphia.org Twitter: @350Philly PRESS RELEASE: 350 Philadelphia, Nicetown Residents Serve SEPTA with Lawsuit The lawsuit addresses SEPTA’s plan to build a natural gas power plant in Nicetown [Philadelphia, PA] In response to SEPTA Board’s failure to provide adequate public notice before approving a … Continue reading Grassroots group sues transit agency

SEPTA’s November Board meeting

On November 17th, amidst chants of protest from an audience of more than 50 supporters of Fossil Free SEPTA, SEPTA Board voted to approve the plan for a natural gas power plant in Nicetown. We are grateful to everyone who came out to join our public filibuster! Since so many people packed the board room, … Continue reading SEPTA’s November Board meeting

Face to Face with SEPTA and the gas industry

Yesterday,  8 of us met with 12 people to discuss SEPTA’s gas power plant project at the Midvale Bus Depot. We expressed our frustration, that our concerns have been ignored for 6 months. We referred to community efforts in Toronto with Metrolink and in North Carolina with Duke University in rejecting fracked gas for electricity generation. … Continue reading Face to Face with SEPTA and the gas industry

Where do we draw the line? 

Not everyone's diving into the "burning gas to generate electricity" game, like SEPTA and others in our region, even if it's the much touted CHP (combined heat & power) tactic. This month, Duke University gets cold feet for 21 MW CHP plant after environmental objections, stating “… with renewable resources becoming more prevalent, some advocates … Continue reading Where do we draw the line?