The nexus of the security state and big business is just great news for all of us:
Gov. Ed Rendell will hold a news conference this evening concerning media reports that the state Office of Homeland Security has been keeping track of people who attended recent meetings opposed to Marcellus shale drilling, including a Pittsburgh City Council meeting and gatherings in Allegheny, Butler and Philadelphia counties.
Gene Stilp, a Harrisburg citizen activist and opponent of natural gas drilling, said the Philadelphia City Paper and the Harrisburg Patriot-News obtained leaked information about the monitoring efforts by state Homeland Security officials, which were supposedly done in the interest of public safety.
Mr. Stilp said word got out recently when the state office mistakenly sent an e-mail about its tracking efforts to an opponent of the drilling. One event that was monitored was a screening of the anti-gas drilling film “Gasland” in Philadelphia, as well as a Pittsburgh council meeting about gas drilling, he said.
“I am demanding that the state House and Senate hold hearings on this,” he said today. “This is not the way Pennsylvania government is supposed to run.”
James Powers, homeland security director, told the Patriot-News that public safety could be at issue, because there have been “five to 10” incidents of vandalism around the state related to natural gas, one in Venango County swhere a person fired shots at a natural gas tank. The tracking information was also sent to Marcellus gas “stakeholders,” he told the paper.
Because, you know, if you oppose corporations ruining your road, cracking your foundation, housing huge reservoir’s of toxic water evaporating near your house and spilling into your well water, well, the government needs to keep their eye on you because you might be a terrorist. And if you propose taxing these companies rather than just looting the land for resources and leaving behind “externalities” and super-fund sites for you to clean up, then you are socialist, and that is even worse.
This country is for corporations and the rich, and soon as the rest of you figure that shit out, the better.
This is becoming a very big deal where I live (in the northern panhandle). You can’t drive anywhere without seeing large stacks of pipe that is being used to transport water from the Ohio River inland so that it can be used in the drilling process. They’ve bought up right of ways everywhere to lay the pipe. When they are done with the water, apparently it will be kept in lagoons to evaporate (along with the benzene and whatever other shit they dredge up), but you can be sure that “mistakes will be made” and in no time a lot of residents will start developing cancer because a leak “no one could have predicted” will have spilled toxins into the earth, and it will contaminate well water every where.
On top of that, you have the asshole truckers doing 75 miles an hour on 40 mile an hour roads, terrorizing everyone who lives in the area and tearing up the roads. I probably don’t need to tell you this, but I remember all three times the back roads around my region were re-paved in the last 40 years, and the trucks are just ripping the roads to shreds.
Add in the odd explosion here or there, or maybe we can schedule something like a slurry spill, and you can see why the real priority is monitoring the activities of a few concerned residents.
You aren’t even safe living in the country, growing your own food, and drinking well water anymore.
Michael Moore and Al Gore are both fat, also too.