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The story to save the Riverdale Mobile Park, located in Jersey Shore Pennsylvania, began last February when the residents found out the land they rent from was to be sold to Aqua America for a Marcellus Shale water withdraw station.

This is a call to action for those in the cyber community to help get our message out.  I write for the Raging Chicken Press, a small activist / progressive media outlet in Pennsylvania, and we have one of our contributors on the ground a trailer park in Jersey Shore PA.  

On June 1st, the trailer parks eviction date, a handful of activist and community members gathered at the location, and barricaded the entrances to the to the mobile home.  Today, June 4th, an occupation is beginning to take place.  Activists have set up a media outlet, a trash team, a food committee, and much much more.  

Here are some quotes from local media:

From the Raging Chicken Press : Money Runs Through It.

Earlier this month, 32 residents of the Riverdale Mobile Home Village in Piatt Township received notification the park had been sold to Aqua PVR LLC. They have until May 1, 2012 to vacate the park.

Why did Aqua PVR, LLC buy the park? Aqua PVR, LLC plans to eliminate the park and build a water withdrawal facility to be used by the natural gas industry. The company received permission from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission on March 15 to withdraw up to 3 million gallons of water per day from the site. The water will be transported via pipeline to gas drilling sites located to the north of the township.

   PVR is constructing the fresh water pipeline and handling negotiation of water pipeline capacity contracts with producers. Aqua will operate the system when completed and handle water intake supply arrangements. Aqua and PVR each anticipate investing approximately $12 million for construction of the first segment of the project. The joint venture has entered into an agreement with Range Resources – Appalachia, LLC a wholly owned subsidiary of Range Resources Corporation (NYSE: RRC) to supply fresh water to three of Range’s water impoundments, and negotiations with other area producers for supply agreements are on-going.
The residents of Riverdale Mobile Home Village were told the developer would provide residents with a $2,500 incentive payment if they moved by April 1, a $1,500 payment if they moved by May 1. Quotes from mobile home movers have put the cost of moving the trailers at between $5,000 and $12,000.
From The Huffington Post : Hands Across Riverdale, the Human Cost of Fracking
A few months before the property had been re-zoned as industrial. Aqua PVR LLC, owned by Nicholas DeBenedictis, who served as the head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources under Governor Dick Thornburgh in the 1980s, needed the small patch of land to build a pump station. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission had given Aqua America permission to withdraw up to 3 million gallons of water per day from the Susquehanna River to their fracking operations in the north, and the residents of Riverdale had been given a "generous" offer. Anybody who moved out by April 1 would be given a $2,500 incentive. Anybody who moved out by May 1 would be given $1,500. Since it would cost at least $5,000 to relocate each trailer, and since rents in nearby Williamsport had skyrocketed due to the recent influx of gas workers, it was the worst possible news. Some of the residents of Riverdale, who had lived there for decades, were elderly people in their 70s and 80s, and had little chance of finding work or new living accommodations. It was, quite literally, the end of their world.
Indeed, as Wendy Lee argues in her excellent article "Why Fracking Epitomizes the Crisis in American Democracy: Profiteering and the 'Good American'" the current boom in "natural" gas may not even be about "natural" gas or energy at all. It may just be the next big speculative real estate bubble masquerading as a patriotic engine for "energy security."

"It turns out that even the patriotic rhetoric of "cheap and abundant" natural gas is simply a cover story for the acquisition and marketing of land -- country to be sure -- but demoted from national idea to transferable real estate. To identify the good of this corporation with the health of the country is to identify the health of the country not with the freedom of its citizens, not with the stability or strength of its democratic institutions, but with its market value -- 15 million acres in McClendon's case. The state, moreover, has not only become an enthusiastic player in what Arthur Berman, respected energy consultant, calls a Ponzi Scheme, it is now engaged in the erection of laws -- including laws that criminalize protest -- aimed at protecting what now must be called America, INC."

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  •  There was a "Recommended" Tag (8+ / 0-)

    incorrectly applied to this Diary.

    Someone helpfully changed it to "Recommend", and I have removed it completely.

    To the Diarist ....

    The Tag "Recommended" is reserved for the software. It is an auto-tag that is only added when a Diary receives sufficient individual "recommends" from other Users, to make the Recommended Diary List.

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    You may not have known this, so I hope that this helps.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 12:24:27 PM PDT

  •  Death to their hometown (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    arealniceguy, marina, Lujane

    Well, no cannonballs did fly, no rifles cut us down
    No bombs fell from the sky, no blood soaked the ground
    No powder flash blinded the eye, no deathly thunder sounded
    But just as sure as the hand of God, they brought death to my hometown
    They brought death to my hometown, boys

    No shells ripped the evening sky, no cities burning down
    No army stormed the shores for which we'd die, no dictators were crowned
    I awoke from a quiet night, I never heard a sound
    Marauders raided in the dark and brought death to my hometown, boys

    Death to my hometown

    They destroyed our families, factories, and they took our homes
    They left our bodies on the plains, the vultures picked our bones

    So listen up, my sonny boy, be ready when they come
    For they'll be returning sure as the rising sun
    Now get yourself a song to sing and sing it 'til you're done
    Yeah, sing it hard and sing it well
    Send the robber barons straight to hell
    The greedy thieves who came around
    And ate the flesh of everything they found
    Whose crimes have gone unpunished now
    Who walk the streets as free men now

    Ah, they brought death to our hometown, boys
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    (Shotgun click) BANG!

  •  Didn't an earthquake caused by fracking (0+ / 0-)

    crack the Washington Monument?

    and every one in gov stands around and says DUH

    Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

    by arealniceguy on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 06:32:54 PM PDT

    •  No. (1+ / 0-)
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      Zera Lee

      Fracking waste water injection wells have caused quakes in Guy Arkansas, Ohio, and Dallas Fort Worth. All wells were within 1.5 miles of the quake epicenter.

      There are no fracking injection wells within 120 miles of the Virginia quake. In fact I know of no fracking in Virginia

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Mon Jun 04, 2012 at 07:38:34 PM PDT

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