We will hold our 2016 Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 16 2016. Please meet at the junction of Covered Bridge Rd and Lower Smith Gap Rd in Little Gap at 9am. We will provide gloves, vests, and bags.
Our next meeting will be March 15, 2016. We will meet at 7pm, Polk Municipal Building.
On July 22, 2015, Deer Park will host an informational meeting regarding the proposed water withdrawal facility in Eldred Township. The meeting will be held at the Kunkletown Fire hall and will run from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Deer Park is owned by the multi national Nestle Corporation. Nestle is the worlds’ largest supplier of bottled water and “foodstuffs”, taking in 65 billion dollars a year.
The CEO, Peter Brabeck, has stated that
“Water is the most important raw material in the world. It is a question of whether we privatize the water supply for the population. There are two opinions on this. The extreme one is represented by Non- Governmental Organizations who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means that as a human being, you should have a right to water. That is an extreme solution.And the other view says that water is a food stuff like any other and like any other food stuff, it should have a market value.”
To see the interview, click on the youtube link below-
California is experiencing a record breaking drought, and the water withdrawal facilities owned by Nestle have not reduced their pumping out the aquifer at all. According to the California Department of Water Resources, Nestle takes 705 million gallons of water per year- http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2015/world/infographic-california-freshwater-withdrawals/.
For more information on the situation in California, here are more links-http://www.businessinsider.com/nestle-is-bottling-water-from-california-2015-4.
To see what Nestle is up to in Oregon, click on this link-http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/01/bottled_water_wars_nestles_lat.html.
APWC conducted our Earth Day Clean Up on April 11.
We collected a total of 16 bags of trash, 3 tires, several broken off road markers and miscellaneous junk. A bag of hazardous waste containing oil bottles, paint thinner and who knows what else was also found. We will notify PennDot so it will be handled properly .
In addition, 2 full bags of cans and bottles were collected by 2 of our volunteers on one section of the road. If Pennsylvania had a bottle bill (like NY, Vermont, etc), these bottles and cans would have been redeemed at 5 cents a piece, not littering our roads.
We had some help from the Living Hope Lighthouse Church again this year- many thanks again to the 4 volunteers that showed up to help. We were hoping to get a group picture, but everyone left before we could do that.
Thanks again to all!
The Lower Towamensing Township Board of Supervisors passed the Resolution against the construction of PennEast pipeline. The vote was unanimous. Thank you, Towamensing Township!
The Lower Tow Supervisors will be meeting on March 10, 7pm, at the municipal building. The address is 595 Hahns’ Dairy Road, Palmerton. A vote on a resolution against the PennEast pipeline is on the agenda. Please come out and give your support!
The pipeline will cut across Exceptional Value Wetlands and potential Bog Turtle habitat. It will also cause additional forest fragmentation and be a corridor for invasive species to become established.
The need for this pipeline is murky- most, if not all of the gas looks to be for export. And, why the need for a new Right of Way (ROW)? Transco/Williams already has a major ROW that goes in the same direction.
PennEast estimates 12,000 jobs- nearly all temporary (and minimum wage), such as motel rooms, food services, etc. Construction will be done by workers from Texas, Oklahoma- pipeline specialists.
Pipelines have been leaking and exploding more frequently-you have probably seen this on the news. It is cheaper and easier for the gas companies to make short-cuts and then pay the fines. They are unwanted, temporary neighbors to most of us. Groups who want to take the benefits and then leave. And they leave a forever changed landscape in their wake.
Carbon County Commissioners put forth a Resolution to oppose the Penneast Pipeline.
RESOLUTION CONCERNING THE PROPOSED PENNEAST NATURAL GAS PIPELINE AND AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY TO ACT AS INTERVENER AND TAKE SUCH ADDITIONAL ACTION IN THE COURSE OF THE REGULATORY PROCESS TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE COUNTY AND ITS RESIDENTS.
APWC applauds this action!
APWC Newsletter Spring 2014
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We attended the December 21,2010 Environmental Quality Board hearing in Harrisburg. One of the items on the agenda was to continue the Petition process for redesignation of the Aquashicola to Exceptional Value (click on Petition on this page). DEP made a short and well done presentation, and the matter was put to a vote. The result was nearly unanimous in favor of further research. One step further along!