Jerry Lee Miller organized a bus from Lancaster and York to the rally, leaving this morning. (I donated $20 to help pay for it). I wanted to interview Jerry at the Lancaster pick-up site, but he is already in Washington. He referred me to fellow activist Don Gallagher. Don's email reply to Jerry, in part (forwarded to me):
"Ms. Miller needs someone spirited and upbeat to speak about hopeful prospects when opponents of hydraulic fracturing unite nationally for the first time in Washington. I'm not that person. My fear is that it will take a global warming sea change flooding DC before environmental concerns alter national energy policy.
"We are unwelcome prophets, at a time when profits rule."
I replied to Jerry:
"I'd rather have that unwelcome prophet talk 3 minutes about how it will take a climate sea change for everybody to take action because he's right! Rather have the heartfelt truth, warts stutters, tics & all."
Jerry forwarded that to Don, but Don still declined, in a lengthy message that would have nearly filled a three-minute video.
Visit the rally's website, www.stopthefrackattack.org, and you'll find, among other information, a message urging people to call Congress to support H.R. 1084, the "Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals" Act. A related bill in the Senate, sponsored by Bob Casey, is S. 587. These bills would require companies to disclose, before drilling, the chemicals they intend to inject into the rock. Anyone who is concerned about what chemicals are being injected should contact their representatives in the House and Senate.
Remember, every corporation is a creation of our own energy. We cannot rail about oil and gas companies' actions when our purchases fuel those actions. That's one more reason to conserve.