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Poor Being Fracked in Pennsylvania (Video)

Poor Being Fracked in Pennsylvania (Video)

Residents of the Riverdale Mobile Homes Park in rural Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, are being evicted and offered little compensation to make way for a fracking operation.

The residents are poor and include children and the elderly and alternative accommodation locally is hard to come by, as a wave of workers imported for the fracking has driven up rents.

A company owned by the former head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources got the land re-zoned, possibly illegally, as industrial and wants to build a pumping station to withdraw up to 3 million gallons of water per day from the Susquehanna River.

When some of the families, led by Deb Eck and Kevin June, decided to resist the June 1 eviction date, they called for help and got it from the anti-fracking movement and Occupy Wall Street.

A makeshift blockade is in place to prevent construction on the pump station and the June 1 eviction has been postponed. As of today, fresh negotiations are taking place with the fracking company and lawyers for the residents.

Watch the Riverdale residents explain their plight:

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1:56PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Look at these ppl.,they are being targeted because they are poor a/o working-class-easy targets for the 1%& their corps.to throw them out of their homes,if they had social a/o economic clout the bullies would go elsewhere!I would fight for my home,too,even if it is a 'manufactured''home' in a mobile home park,it's still my 'home'-you 'big shots' should be forced to live in that 'trailer trash' park(isn't that what you call us)while the residents are 'relocated'-at Your expense-to your palatial estates;I guarantee this bunch will squeal like the greedy pigs they are!(Sorry if I insulted any porcines for comparison)

11:21AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

What the frack?

7:09PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

The big energy companies need poor people to be needy and stupid so they can convince them that Fracking is good! Mountain Top Removal Is Good and Drill Baby Drill because stupid people think that all this devastation feeds their families. No education...instant manipulation and the rich get richer and the poor get dirty water, dirty air and no affordable heat in the winter. People get what they deserve because they are not smart enough to see the forest through the trees.

3:53AM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

thanks

9:51PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Thank you.

12:30PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

thanks.

10:44AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Very concerned about fracking (and the TransCanada deal!). How much more can our planet endure?

8:47AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

These greedy, power-hungry bastards should all burn in Hell !!! When is the madness (by the fossil fuel-power-brokers) against Mother Earth and ALL of her inhabitants going to stop? When it is too freakin' late!!!

7:31AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

Shameful PA. strikes again-this is what a tea bagger would call "progress" no doubt thanking heroic "job creators" for swiftly removing those who would stand in the way of profits.

11:46PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

We need to use natural gas - to reduce the pressure to frack. I would like us at Care2 to help achieve this.

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