Maybe it’s time to Remember the River

With all of the discussion about drilling for gas in the upper Delaware River watershed and dredging in the tidal portion, we thought it a good time to revisit the Delaware from the perspective of those who value it in a wide range of ways.

We created the following Remember the River video for our friends at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network as part of their ongoing campaign to provide this amazing waterway with a voice at the table. The video was derived in a large part from our PBS documentary Life on the Delaware, which aired on stations throughout the country. If you’re interested in a copy, Life on the Delaware is available here.

Remember the River from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

If this moves you to want to get involved, join the Riverkeeper’s e-activist team and stay up to date on what you can do to help protect this treasured resource!

Philadelphia Forum: Drilling for Natural Gas–What Does it Mean for PA?

Join The Academy of Natural Sciences, Clean Air Council, and The Community Action Forum on Marcellus Shale for an educational forum about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. The forum will provide a broad and diverse overview of the environmental, health, and economic issues related to the natural gas boom that is currently taking place throughout Pennsylvania.

What: Drilling for Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale: What it Means for Pennsylvania

When: Wednesday June 8, 2011. Networking: 6-6:30 pm. Program: 6:30-8:30 pm.

Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia

Who: Featured panelists include

  • Mr. Joseph O. Minott, Esq., Executive Director – Clean Air Council
  • The Honorable Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Dr. David Velinsky, Vice President of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences
  • The Honorable Michael Sturla, Pennsylvania State Representative (D), 96th Legislative District
  • Mr. Brian Grove, Director of Corporate Development for Northeast Pennsylvania for Chesapeake Energy
  • Mr. Richard V. Pepino, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and the Public Policy Program Chair at Franklin and Marshall College

Register now via EventBrite >>

New Years in Philly: Mummers Tackle “Fracking” for Gas

It’s pretty obvious that Mummers have no fear of controversy, but who knew one troupe would make a passion play out of the debate over drilling for natural gas? Check it out:

Not sure where you line up on the debate on drilling for Natural Gas? Hear Philly Water Department’s take…

There’s so much polarizing debate going on around the issue of drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation that it’s hard to know what lies ahead. On one side, there are those who see the “gasrush” as nothing less than economic salvation; on the other, those who believe environmental disaster is imminent and drilling must be prevented no what the opportunity cost. There are a ton of far smarter minds than ours weighing in, yet we tend to believe that somewhere along the line we must reach a middle ground and PROCEED SLOWLY, AND WITH EXTREME CAUTION, because it’s pretty clear we’re not getting to a 100% renewable energy future anytime soon…

Kelly Anderson and Paula Conolly of the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) will present an overview of PWD’s approach to source water protection and what steps are being taken to address the challenges presented by natural gas drilling in the Schuylkill and Delaware River basins–the source of Philadelphia’s water supply.

Please RSVP by December 13. For reservations or more information, please call 215-685-0723. More Information at FWWIC website >>

As a prelude to the program, you might want to Remember The River by tuning in to a video we created for our tireless friends at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. It’s mainly derived from a pair of our beautiful documentaries, Life on the Delaware and PA: A River Sojourn. Both are available now on DVD. Go to the Shop >>

Remember the River from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.