Hands Across Riverdale—Save the Riverdale Mobile Home Park from Fracking Industry
The suffering of Riverdale Mobile Home Park residents in Jersey Shore, PA, has been met with indifference by Aqua America, a company partnered with Penn Virginia Resources (PVR) that plans to build a three million gallon per day water withdrawal site to service natural gas drilling beginning June 1. In the process, Aqua America is displacing more than thirty families in the park's tightly knit community.
Aqua America refuses to sit down and negotiate in good faith despite repeated written attempts by the residents' representation and advocates. As a result, a refugee crisis in Jersey Shore is about to worsen and only a movement of the residents and their neighbors can stop it.
Join us for Hands Across Riverdale, a vigil on Thursday, May 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. and stay to support the residents when construction begins the next morning. Plenty of space will be available for camping. The location is 7 Riverdale Ln., Jersey Shore, PA 17740.
We demand that Aqua America sit down with the residents and their representation to negotiate a fair deal that permits the residents to remain living at Riverdale Mobile Home Park with just compensation and the right for all residents to return home who have already left.
We demand that representatives from the Obama administration, and governors Tom Corbett (PA), Martin O'Malley (MD) and Andrew Cuomo (NY) recall Aqua America's water withdrawal permit, that they approved in March, at the next Susquehanna River Basin Commission meeting in Harrisburg, PA, on June 7.
At every level, decision makers have failed the Riverdale Mobile Home Park residents and those responsible must be held accountable.
Actions You Can Take, in addition to attending Hands Across Riverdale:
...if you are an Aqua America customer, send a note, pay only a portion or do not pay your next water bill until the residents of Riverdale Mobile Home Park are permitted to stay.
...if you are a resident of New York or Maryland, call your governor: Gov. Cuomo at 518-474-8390 or Gov. O'Malley at 410-974-5041 and demand that the permit for Aqua America in Piatt Township, (Jersey Shore) PA be withdrawn at the June 7 Susquehanna River Basin Commission meeting.
...if you are an Obama supporter or campaign worker, call the campaign headquarters at 312-698-3670, White House at 202-456-1111 and Democratic National Committee at 202-863-8000, and remind them that Pennsylvania is a swing state in the November election and that the Obama administration must recall the Aqua America permit in Piatt Township, (Jersey Shore) PA with his vote at the June 7 Susquehanna River Basin Commission meeting.
...if you are a Drexel University student, faculty, alumni or staff, call 215-895-2000 and ask to be forwarded to the Office of the President John Fry. Tell President Fry that Nicholas DeBenedictis, a Trustee of the university, is the CEO of Aqua America, a company that is evicting families from the Riverdale Mobile Home Park and should no longer be trusted or honored with the title of trustee.
...if you are a resident of southeast PA, drop off a letter, flowers, prayers, artwork and thoughts for Nick DeBenedictis, CEO of Aqua America at his mansion at 231 Golfview Rd, Ardmore, PA 19003 and explain the situation to his neighbors, or do the same at Aqua America's headquarters, 762 West Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA.
At first glance, you wouldn't think avocados and almonds could harm bees; but a closer look at how these popular crops are produced reveals their potentially detrimental effect on pollinators.
Migratory beekeeping involves trucking millions of bees across the U.S. to pollinate different crops, including avocados and almonds. Timothy Paule II / Pexels / CC0<p>According to <a href="https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/israeli-kitchen/beekeeping-how-to-keep-bees" target="_blank">From the Grapevine</a>, American avocados also fully depend on bees' pollination to produce fruit, so farmers have turned to migratory beekeeping as well to fill the void left by wild populations.</p><p>U.S. farmers have become reliant upon the practice, but migratory beekeeping has been called exploitative and harmful to bees. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/10/health/avocado-almond-vegan-partner/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a> reported that commercial beekeeping may injure or kill bees and that transporting them to pollinate crops appears to negatively affect their health and lifespan. Because the honeybees are forced to gather pollen and nectar from a single, monoculture crop — the one they've been brought in to pollinate — they are deprived of their normal diet, which is more diverse and nourishing as it's comprised of a variety of pollens and nectars, Scientific American reported.</p><p>Scientific American added how getting shuttled from crop to crop and field to field across the country boomerangs the bees between feast and famine, especially once the blooms they were brought in to fertilize end.</p><p>Plus, the artificial mass influx of bees guarantees spreading viruses, mites and fungi between the insects as they collide in midair and crawl over each other in their hives, Scientific American reported. According to CNN, some researchers argue that this explains why so many bees die each winter, and even why entire hives suddenly die off in a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder.</p>
Avocado and almond crops depend on bees for proper pollination. FRANK MERIÑO / Pexels / CC0<p>Salazar and other Columbian beekeepers described "scooping up piles of dead bees" year after year since the avocado and citrus booms began, according to Phys.org. Many have opted to salvage what partial colonies survive and move away from agricultural areas.</p><p>The future of pollinators and the crops they help create is uncertain. According to the United Nations, nearly half of insect pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, risk global extinction, Phys.org reported. Their decline already has cascading consequences for the economy and beyond. Roughly 1.4 billion jobs and three-quarters of all crops around the world depend on bees and other pollinators for free fertilization services worth billions of dollars, Phys.org noted. Losing wild and native bees could <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/wild-bees-crop-shortage-2646849232.html" target="_self">trigger food security issues</a>.</p><p>Salazar, the beekeeper, warned Phys.org, "The bee is a bioindicator. If bees are dying, what other insects beneficial to the environment... are dying?"</p>
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