Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cows The New Canaries? March To Promised Land Youngstown, OH, With Doug Shields & Rally December 28, 2012

Are cows the new canaries? Frackfree America National Coalition invites all to join national conversation at March to the Promised Land ~ and tell them what your version of the Promised Land is to you at this Important event ! Friday, Dec. 28.
The public is invited to please come to Youngstown, Ohio, on Friday, December 28, 2012, for an exciting rally and march to help raise public awareness of fracking and related processes. This is a great opportunity for all of us to tell more people about what is really going on as it relates to fracking.
Event details follow:

March To The Promised Land Rally - a Promised Land-movie-related rally!*

Dec 28, Friday, 12:30pm - 2pm

The event will assemble** near the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown (UUYO), 1105 Elm St. (Elm & Illinois), Youngstown, Ohio 44505, and other locations to be determined. Great speakers and Promised Land movie extras are scheduled to appear! The rally keynote speaker will be Douglas Shields, who is featured in Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox's film "The Sky is Pink" and is a former Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania City Council President, who in 2010 sponsored and secured the first ban of shale gas extraction drilling in the city of Pittsburgh.

Matt Damon's and John Krasinski's new movie "Promised Land" will be opening soon on December 28 (select locations) and January 4 nationwide. The film posters have the conversation-starting tagline, "What's your price?..."

Frackfree America encourages everyone to see the movie, Promised Land, when it comes to a theater in your area. More exciting details will follow. Please keep checking back to the links below. (And / or subscribe to the free Frackfree America National Coalition listserv for more updates and other fracking-related information).
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*Just to clarify: movie, Promised Land, will NOT be shown at this "March to the Promised Land Rally." This rally/march, facilitated by Frackfree America National Coalition, is meant to encourage conversation, public awareness of fracking & related issues, & to encourage your attendance at the movie when it comes out in your local area.

**NOTE - transport and seats available for those that need to ride to, and to be seated at the rally :)

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Here's the Rally page on our website (FANCy):

It is also at Marcellus Protest calendar:

ALSO , PL Extras FB Page:

Frackfree America National Coalition    ---      News Release

For Immediate Release: December 26, 2012

Contact: Phone: 234- 201-8007 or E-mail:


Matt Damon’s and John Krasinski’s “Promised Land” Movie Inspires Fracking Opponents’ Rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Site of 4.0 Magnitude Fracking Waste Injection Well-Related 2011 Earthquake

Youngstown, Ohio-12/26/12 - In the “Promised Land” movie trailer, Matt Damon’s character, landman Steve Butler, tells his gas industry employer news that could adversely affect the company’s prospects for getting gas drilling leases signed in a small rural community:

“The town is going to put it to a vote in three weeks.”

Nationwide, similar scenarios are playing out in real life where towns and cities assert their right to local control in determining how they want their communities to be. For many, that means preventing drilling rigs, fracking waste injection wells, or other gas and oil infrastructure from being placed near homes, children’s schools, under cemeteries, parks, or national forests – or anywhere.

Indeed, in Youngstown, Ohio, a Community Bill of Rights initiative is now in the works. Concerned citizens have long insisted that fracking and related processes are a major threat to public health and safety.

To emphasize that point, on December 28, 2012, at 12:30 PM-2 PM, Eastern, Frackfree America National Coalition ( ) is sponsoring “March to the Promised Land Rally” in Youngstown, Ohio, beginning outside First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St. (Elm & Illinois.) (Movie will NOT be shown at rally).

The rally keynote speaker is Douglas Shields, featured in “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox's film "The Sky is Pink" and former Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania City Council President, who in 2010 sponsored and secured the first ban of shale gas extraction drilling in the city of Pittsburgh. Speaking of that ban, Shields told WKBN-27 News (9/12/12):

“‘If you're going to give us over to this industry to our detriment, you better start answering questions about your due diligence. What is the issue with our health? What happens when it goes bad? What are these impacts that we're risking?’ … ‘We brought science, law, industry before the city council and at the end of the day council's assessment was this is not safe.’ “

“Promised Land” movie extras will appear at the rally. Frackfree America encourages similar rallies nationwide.

See: “Marcellus Shale Reality Tour Part 10 - Bad Vibes” by Scott Cannon, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition:

Rally info:

Frackfree America National Coalition

Subscribe: Listserv & Second National Rally Day: Spring, 2013:

Media Inquiries: 234-201-8007

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

New Twist To Mahoning Valley Fracking Conversation: Landowner, Cop, Veteran & Forced Pooling: Dec. 6 Youngstown Townhall To Be Held

Frackfree Mahoning Valley      News Release
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For Immediate Release:  December 4, 2012

Contact: Susie Beiersdorfer: Phone: 234-201-0402   or E-mail:


Youngstown, Ohio, 12/04/12 –    Before Ed Hashbarger knew what he knows now about fracking and related processes, he was likely to think: “Drill baby drill.”  That is not what he says today – not even close.

Hashbarger says he is now actively opposing fracking until the technology catches up, via scientific studies, to ensure that it can be done safely.  He says not enough science has been done, yet.

So exactly what caused this landowner, Marine military veteran, and retired police officer to change his mind and become so actively against fracking, with the technology as it stands today?

Hashbarger describes his attending an oil and gas industry informational meeting:

 “This all started for me …  when I attended an oil and gas meeting just to gather some knowledge, being a farmer and a conservative … I asked a question: What happens to landowners who are just not interested in leasing, and they told me,  ‘We’ll take it from you anyways.’ …”

This idea, sometimes referred to as forced or mandatory pooling, went against Ed’s deeply held values, which resulted in his current efforts to raise public awareness of fracking-related issues and problems.

All concerned citizens and media are encouraged to attend to hear Ed Hashbarger tell his very compelling story and provide much needed fracking-related information, including about forced pooling, on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 7 PM to 8:30 PM at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Channing Hall, 1105 Elm St. (Elm and Illinois, across from Wick Park). EVENT on FB:

An interesting side note is that Ed was filmed as an extra, portraying a police officer, for the upcoming Matt Damon and John Krasinski movie Promised Land.

The December 6th meeting will be the second in a series of monthly, townhall – style meetings held by concerned citizens of Frackfree Mahoning Valley (  ) and Frackfree America National Coalition ( ).

“The fracking issue goes beyond politics. We want to be inclusive because we are all in this together. We share common ground, which is our concern for the public health, safety and well-being of our families and our local communities and our freedom as citizens to control how we want our communities to be,” said Susie Beiersdorfer of Frackfree Mahoning Valley and Frackfree America National Coalition.

In addition to Ed’s presentation, there will be a showing of some brief films related to oil and gas drilling and updates on the latest news about fracking and related processes. A question and answer period with time for audience discussion will follow.

Topics and questions to be explored include, but are not limited to:
--The latest news on the future of Mill Creek Park and other area parks, as it relates to fracking, and the Youngstown, Ohio, Community Bill of Rights petition, which seeks to allow the citizens to vote to protect their public health and safety.

--What is mandatory or forced pooling and what does it mean to citizens as members of the community?

--What is the latest information on seismic testing in Trumbull, Mahoning, and parts of Portage counties, Ohio?

--What are the implications of a possible Youngstown City Council vote on banning toxic waste injection wells in the city?  See: “Youngstown to vote on injection well ban,” “December 1, 2012 By Joe Gorman”
For media inquiries or more information, e-mail: or call:


Also see:
Frackfree America National Coalition
e-mail: call: 234-201-8007


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