Join Marcellus Outreach Butler and concerned PA citizens in opposing Exxon Mobil’s fracking operations on Marburger Dairy Farmland. Keep fracking chemicals out of our milk, food and school!
Schedule of events:
10:00-10:30 Gather at Evans City Community Park and Pool
10:30-11:00 March or carpool to protest site
11:30-12:30 Protest at well pad at Marburger Property, Mars-Evans City Rd
No water or restrooms provided
12:30-1:00 Return to Evans City Community Park
1:00-3:00 *Pack a picnic lunch* and join us for speakers and educational sessions at the Park
Contact Gloria at email@example.com to find or offer a ride to the protest.
Marburger supplies the public and nearly 700 schools with milk and other dairy products. Keep fracking chemicals out of our milk, food and schools if you believe our food supply and quality of life is more important than money and gas, join Marcellus Outreach Butler and a host of Concerned PA Citizens in opposing Exxon Mobil’s fracking operations on Marburger Dairy Farmland.
Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB) is monitoring developments at a well pad installed this summer in the middle of a producing corn field on the Marburger Dairy in Evans City, located in the 16033 zip code, between PA Routes 19 and 8. The well is surprisingly close to the road, a tenth of a mile up from Marburger Farm Dairy’s barns and retail outlet at 1506 Mars Evans City Road (aka State Route 3015).
The small rig, used to bore an initial hole, was removed early in September, and it’s assumed the larger rig will be up and operating soon. At that time, MOB will announce the date and time for a protest aimed at alerting the public to potential water and food supply hazards associated with fracking farmland, as well as how fracking can hurt the agriculture industry, perhaps especially the “buy-local” food movement.
In addition to cows and food crops, there are homes near the well pad. Residents have commented about the sounds of heavy equipment. Parallel lines of surveyor flags run up a hillside across the road from the well pad and may indicate pipeline installation. Clusters of heavy equipment have been seen parked at several spots throughout the general vicinity.
According to its website, the Marburger dairy (whose motto is “Quality in the Bottle”) milks well over 100 cows twice a day and also “processes” milk shipped in from 70 other farms. Four days a week, 25,000+ gallons of milk are distributed to 1800 homes, 2500 schools, hospitals, restaurants, and other businesses. In our region, Marburger products (buttermilk is a specialty) are sold at Harvest Valley Farms, McGinnis Sisters, Soergel Orchards, OTB Bicycle Café, and Wal-Mart retail locations.