Friday, December 30, 2011

Thermopylae 2012: Rtes. 187 & 6

If you didn’t get wind of this story yet, this guy is my new hero.
You gotta love it: the people at Range Resources were ignoring his township’s repeated requests to stop using a gravel road, and the DEP told the township it was in violation of erosion and sediment regulations on that same road, so Cogan House Township Supervisor Dan Roupp took matters into his own hands - grabbed a chain saw - and cut down a bunch of trees to block the gravel road to all natural gas truck traffic.

Sheriff Buford Pusser would be damn proud.
Yeah, he did kill some defenseless oxygen-producing trees, but considering what the natural gas industry is doing to our environment for generations to come, it’s an acceptable sacrifice to this blogger. Et tu, Dr. E?

Being cosmically inspired by his actions, I had the following epiphany. I’ve just come back from a few days hanging out in the Wysox area on Echo Beach Road. It seems the intersection of Rtes 187 and 6 is a pretty strategic crossroad. Put another way – a chokepoint. While grabbing coffee every morning at the corner market by the big sycamore tree, I counted hundreds of water tankers, dump trucks and other gas industry vehicles passing through this intersection in a matter of hours every   single   day.  
Following Mr.  Roupp’s lead, I’m sure everyone has or knows someone with an old clunker. You know - a car or tractor near end of life that still runs, but has a book value of negatory $300.00 and wouldn’t be missed should it get bumped a few times or hauled away. Imagine if we got 15 or 20 of these rust buckets together and they all just happened to sputter to a complete stop at the aforementioned intersection at the same time at let’s say, 0730h. Would chaos ensue? Would fracking come to a halt, if only for a few hours, while the cars were hauled away? Would someone get a message that we’ve finally had enough? Would others be inspired to take similar actions of targeted civil disobedience? You tell me.

Anyone in? Send me an e-mail. Once we hit 15 takers, it’s ON!



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