By JOHN BEAUGE, The Patriot-News The Patriot-News
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A supervisor in a small rural township in northern Lycoming County took matters into his own hands when a Marcellus shale drilling company kept using a road it had been told to keep big trucks off of.
Daniel Roupp cut down a half dozen trees yesterday, blocking the gravel road. “I’m thinking we got their attention,” he said today.
read the whole story HERE.
Now that’s a happy new years! Here’s a town that’s so frustrated with the fracking industry that A PUBLIC OFFICIAL personally felled trees to block the roads fracking vehicles were illegally damaging with their traffic.
MEANWHILE in Ohio the list of actions keeps getting longer by the day (by the hour this morning)! I’m thinking we’re going to have to add a whole new page of just local direct actions. Including…
Why are there so many people taking direct action? It’s a problem of Democracy.
-by Ben Shapiro
When folks don’t have the right to decide how their lives are profoundly affected where they live, we don’t have a hydrofracking problem: we have a democracy problem! And if we can’t have democracy where we live, point anywhere on the map where we do have democracy and I’ll be astounded. For this reason the fight against environmental harms like fracking is a human and civil rights struggle that connects to those civil rights struggles of the past. Using this argument, cities have created citizens’ bills of rights to environmental health in many cities, most notably Pittsburgh which used this legislation to ban fracking AND end corporate personhood.
When we say that we need human rights rather than better zoning regulations, it also says that we are correct in non-cooperation with unjust laws, and thus has highlighted the actions we took on November 30th to do what we felt ethically compelled to do regardless of the consequences of unjust laws.
Alongside Pennsylvania actions, these actions spread the message that the oil and gas industry are legitimate targets of civil disobedience and that our tactics are part of an evolution and growth of the movement against fracking to take back out democratic rights s citizens to clean water and air.
So: direct action is come to the oil and gas industry and won’t stop until they do. To show how serious we are we can sign the Occupy Wellstreet ANTI-FRACKING PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE.