Earth First! Treesit to Stop Anadarko’s Drilling Plan in Loyalsock

14. September 2013
By | Source: Earth First! Newswire

from Marcellus Shale Earth First!

eftreesitAs of the morning of September 13th,  Marcellus Shale Earth First! has deployed a tree-sit in the Loyalsock State Forest. Treesitting is an earth first! tactic in which a person(s) lives in the trees to prevent them from being cut. Tree-Sitting has been used successfully to shut down logging of ancient forests for months, even years, at a time.

Below is the sitters personal statement:

I am currently occupying space, here in the tree canopy of the loyalsock state forest. At the last (and only) DCNR “public” hearing Marcellus Shale Earth First! called out the complicit members of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. For those not in attendance, members of MSEF! publicly notified the DCNR of our commitment to be in the forest when the trucks rolled in. If this is being released it is because we are making good on that promise. I have been privileged to spend time in this last remaining wild place. Late at night along the Old Loggers path I made up my mind with the help of an owls serenade. I am embarking on this fight to win. I promise to defend the loyalsock, disrupt Anadarko, and fight their ecocidal practices, I vow to fight disturbance and destruction in the loyalsock at the hands of the fracking industry. I also promise to stand with my fellow Earth First!ers to stop industries attempting to poison the planet and its inhabatance. We will be on the ground and in the trees in force. Let us not forget what is at stake here: Thousands of acres of beautiful forest, watersheds of several exceptional streams and habitat for federally recognized threatened and soon to be threatened wildlife. The line in the sand has been drawn under this tree sit! I am not asking the DCNR and Anadarko nicely any more. They are preoccupied in boardrooms and business meetings planning on the next place they will destroy for profit. Defend the Loyalsock at all cost. You have our undivided attention and that is bad luck for you.

Love and rage,


In solidarity, Marcellus Shale Earth First! also visited Anadarko’s regional offices to protest the drilling. Read the story here.

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