On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Waynepeace will be holding a roundtable discussion about gas drilling and fracking  pro and con. The discussion is part of a monthly  event taking place at 5 PM at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale , PA sponsored by Waynepeace to offer education and reflection about current events and common concerns.

Drilling for natural gas is in full swing in Damascus Township and nearby areas of Pennsylvania . Some of us have leased our land to the gas companies and some of us , while opposed to this development, will nevertheless be strongly affected by it. Knowledge about the dangers of drilling is constantly growing, as is the animosity among people. We can witness this daily in local news, the numerous lawn signs, in township meetings, hearings, and environmental group meetings.

Periodically Waynepeace joins in the discussion of this very local concern, either for the purpose of learning more or, as in December’s meeting, to open up to each other of where we stand and what we hope and fear. Everyone is invited to come and participate. Refreshments will be served

As part of its ongoing series of events addressing issues of sustainability, Waynepeace will host a discussion featuring activist Jay Sweeney on Tuesday, April 6, from 5-7 PM at the Wayne County Public Library on Main Street in Honesdale.

Jay is a founding member of the Wyoming County group Citizens for Clean Water, and was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the Northeastern Group of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club.  Jay will report on recent happenings in Dimock and other places related to the gas drilling issue, and the discussion will focus on practical and political actions that citizens should be taking as gas drilling activity increases in our area.

“Gas drilling puts our ecology and our well-being at risk,” said Skip Mendler, a Waynepeace member. “If our neighbors are going to make this kind of gamble, as it seems they are determined to do, the rest of us need to do what we can to protect ourselves. Maybe drilling can be done safely – but for-profit companies, focused on the bottom line, certainly won’t spend the money needed unless they absolutely have to.”

Refreshments will be served.  Use of the Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does not constitute endorsement by WCPL of any Waynepeace policies or positions.  For more information, call 570-251-3637.