Monday, February 18, 2013

Personal Statements From Today's Pike County Civil Disobedience Participants


Photo Credit: The River Reporter
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Allison Petryk
I was born and raised in Vernon, NJ, where the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Loop 324 has already impacted my community and where Loop 323 will end when it's finished. After graduating from Ramapo College with a degree in Environmental Studies I became an Outdoor Environmental Educator at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in the spring and summer of 2008. During this time I fell in love with Pike County and the bountiful hiking and the beautiful vistas. The Tennessee Pipeline is a major artery for the monster that is the Marcellus Shale industry that will cut across the Delaware River valley with disrespect to the people here and valuable ecology we are meant to steward. The pipeline will give enormous incentive for use of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", proposed natural gas power plants like the one in Newark, compressor stations, and all related natural gas infrastructure. I encourage our decision makers to abandon the dead end of fossil fuels and seek to innovate our way toward a clean energy future.

Alex Lotorto
 Milford is my hometown, where I grew up, where I work, where I fish, where I hunt, and the place that I remain. I took this action to blockade the construction of the Tennessee Pipeline Loop 323 upgrade today to stop the rapid industrialization of Pike County by natural gas infrastructure. Most of all, my trade as a landscaper has been to keep and make this place beautiful. Marcellus Shale drilling to our west has hit home with its pipelines here after two years of our local leaders' and neighbors' dissent and appeals. The Upper Delaware River region thrives on tourism, recreation, real estate, agriculture, and the scenic value of our land. My mother, who recently passed, sold many homes and properties along the roads this right of way will cross as a realtor. She helped hundreds of families fall in love with our area and move here, which paid to clothe and feed me as a child. The short term boost to our bars and hotels as the workers come in from around the country will never replace the long term losses to our rural heritage industries as this pipeline scars our land. I stand in solidarity with every working family now  impacted by the massive, trillion dollar Marcellus Shale gas industry.
 

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