WILLIAMSPORT — Protestors stood outside the Department Of Environmental Protection regional office in Williamsport Monday afternoon.
The group against “fracking,” a process used in drilling for natural gas, held signs demanding that the state agency protect the land, air and water.
The protesters said the natural gas industry influenced the DEP to the point where it’s no longer effective.
“We don’t feel protected by DEP today. By the laws, as the gas industry says, as per Pennsylvania law, this is what we have to do. PA law, we’ve realized now, does not protect citizens in PA,” said Jeffrey Richardson of Tioga County.
The Earth Day protest against fracking shared its concerns with folks at this DEP office.
There were several other similar protests at DEP offices around the state.