Your Health & Fracking - DuBois

May 20, 2013 - 7:00pm
Elk County C.A.R.E.S.
American Legion
315 Liberty Blvd.
DuBois, PA 15801
United States

From Marianne:

I’m sorry this is such short notice, but the planners had some difficulty with logistics and I was only notified earlier this afternoon. Scroll down to green for list of speakers.

I’m encouraging as many people as possible to attend this event. It is important that we hear from those whose health and well-being have been adversely affected by the Marcellus shale development, and it is also imperative that we hear from insiders who will share their insights on gas industry practices. Mac Sawyer is a man who worked for the drilling companies for many years, and his testimony is based on his first-hand knowledge. Joe Giovannini is featured on a YouTube presentation discussing the horrors that beset him when the drillers moved into his neighborhood.

You may have heard some of the stories about how Marcellus shale development has caused a wide array of problems; now you will be able to hear some of them first-hand.

Please consider attending this event, and feel free to invite others. We really need to get the word out. It is anticipated their messages will be powerful indeed. Again, I apologize for the short notice, and I look forward to seeing you on Monday. Thanks very much.

Best regards,
Mike Kamandulis - Elk County C.A.R.E.S.

The following speakers will present some compelling stories about their experiences with the shale gas industry. Don’t miss this opportunity, and please tell your friends.

Jack Ossont of Himrod, NY is a former NY Legislator who is currently a member of the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes and the Coalition to Protect New York.

Maura Stephens spent nearly four years volunteering as chief political strategist, U.S. spokesperson, and media coordinator for the International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma. She has written for such media outlets as AlterNet, Counterpunch, OpEd News, openDemocracy,, Truthout, and Yes!magazine. and has also been a guest on numerous radio and television shows including Democracy Now. She is from New York.

Dr. Larysa Dyrszka is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and is board certified in pediatrics in the State of New York where she has been practicing medicine for over twenty years. Dr. Dryszka has recently become an advocate for public health, specifically on the issue of gas drilling. With her neighbors she co-founded Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development. And together with other advocates she organized a petition to the Commissioner of the DOH to address the lack of adequate treatment of gas drilling-related human health impacts.

Robert Lee McCaslin is a master driller since 1979, and knows every aspect of the drilling process. His career in the gas industry took him to many states.

Rick “Mac” Sawyer is a former gas field truck driver whose health has been seriously compromised as a result of his job. Mac has worked at several jobs within the shale gas industry, and is very familiar with industry practices. Mac is from Pennsylvania.

Joe Giovannini is a Pennsylvania stonemason who was forced to leave his home as a result of gas industry activities. His compelling story appears on this short YouTube video: