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The Intersection Between Hydraulic Fracturing and Climate Change (6 min)


Executive committee (ExCom) meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month.

Meetings are open to all Moshannon Group members.

Frack Free Park Campaign

Sierra Club is working with the Save the Loyalsock Coalition to defeat a proposal to expand gas leasing in state parks and forests.

  1. Print out this sign before going to your favorite park or forest.
  2. Hold up the sign and take a “selfie.” Be fun! Be funky!
  3. Send your picture to frackfreeparks@gmail.com and we’ll put it on Tumblr.
  4. Then post to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #FrackFreeParks.

Gov Don't Frack Our Parks

Thoughts, Suggestions and Tips:

Events to explore

All events and presentations are open to the public as well as Moshannon Group members unless otherwise stated.

Sun, Oct 5 • 5 p.m.
Sierra Club Fall Potluck
Greenmore Gardens

Oct 5th Sierra Club Fall Picnic and Potluck: We will meet at Greenmore Gardens at 5 p.m. The Moshannon Group will provide drinks, burgers and veggie burgers.

Our guest of honor for this event: Vera Scroggins is a north-eastern PA anti-fracking activist who leads bus tours of of Dimock, PA and the Marcellus Shale gas fields. She posts on-line videos that show the dust, noise, lights and excessive truck traffic involved in drilling operations. Powerful NY spokespeople such as Susan Sarandon, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon have taken her tour. In order to keep her from documenting the environmental affects of fracking, Cabot Oil & Gas Co. filed a lawsuit against her, alleging that she was a danger to their operations. Initially, she was enjoined from entering the entire 312 square miles of Susquehanna County where Cabot owns or leases land. This prevented Vera from visiting friends, grocery shopping and doctor appointments Even the area hospital was off-limits. Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, who represents Vera, argued that the injunction was too broad. Now the prohibited area has been reduced, but litigation continues and Vera will be back in Court in October.

Sat, Oct 11 • 1 p.m.
State College Global Frackdown

State College Global Frackdown event beginning at 1 p.m. at Schlow Library and the PSU Gate area at S. Allen and College Avenue. Join with concerned citizens around the globe to tell elected officials that we want a future lit by clean, renewable energy; not polluting fossil fuels. Planned activities: Drum circle, petition signing and short film clips on fracking and gas pipelines.

If you have an event you feel would be of interest to our Group, please send information to our Webmaster.

Development of Natural Gas from Shales: Some Myths and Realities

Professor Anthony Ingraffea

Professor Ingraffea is one of the most articulate voices in the discussion of whether we should be drilling for deep shale natural gas.

Watch it on the Moshannon Group Channel on YouTube

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Outings to enjoy

All outings are open to the public as well as Moshannon Group members.

Sat, Oct 4 • 9 a.m.
Little Juniata Cleanup

Little Juniata River Association will conduct its 2nd annual Float Crew clean up of the Lil J Natural Area. The clean up will start at the Spruce Creek Church and end at the Green Hills Campground and last until about 12:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks will be available at the Spruce Creek Church at the put-in; a soup "cook-off" lunch will be ready at the take-out at Green Hills. Hikers are encouraged to participate and will be ferried to problem spots along the river where needed. Shuttle service will be available.
   Last year LJRA removed 1.5 tons of trash, including 50+ tires. At the annual general riverbank clean up in April, a few LJRA members and friends managed to camp, hike and float out 15 large bags of trash, 3 fifty gallon drums and assorted large items and tires. The Natural Area is MUCH cleaner than it was this time last year. Our goal is to get a good October turn out and get this Pennsylvania gem back to the pristine condition it deserves.

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Outings News

The Moshannon Group Outings Chair seeks additional outings leaders to expand and diversify outing locations.

Read about leading an outing...

Need ideas for a daytrip or a weekend outing?
Check out our “On The Trail” columns for articles about central Pennsylvania outings to help plan your next nature walk, hiking, backpacking, camping or paddling excursion.

Issues to protect

*** Go to Bat for PA Bats ***
Endangered Bats Need Official Listing by
from PA Game Commission

Three species of bats — northern long-eared, tri-colored, and little brown bats — have experienced a 95% decline in population due to white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the last 4 years warranting an Endangered status listing and protection. Read the Moshannon Group’s letter to the Pennsylvania Game Commission and feature articles to learn more about this issue.

Feature articles:

*** Ongoing Issue ***
Marcellus/Shale Gas Drilling

Groundwater, surface water, air quality, and wildlife habitat resources at risk. See our Marcellus Shale page for more information and resources.

Loyalsock SF/Clarence Moore Tracts in Peril:
Ecological Values of Loyalsock SF Testimony (Zeph, 2013)

On The Trail: Loyalsock State Forest ‘Moore Tracts’ Road Tour

DCNR Natural Gas Impacts Mapping Analysis referenced in On The Trail — Quehanna Wild Area

Interactive Map of Deep Shale Gas Wells and Wind Turbines (existing and projected) from The Nature Conservancy

Act Now: Seven Steps to Make Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Safer

*** Take Action ***
Allegheny National Forest Wilderness

Send a Letter to Your U.S. Senators and Representative — Help permanently protect the remaining wilderness in ANF. Read about the ANF Wilderness proposal to learn more.

Wind Power Development

Inappropriate placement of wind farms planned for Central PA ridgetops.

Centre County Landfill — SUCCESS!

America’s “largest landfill East of the Mississippi” for other states’ garbage proposed for Centre County. See stoplandfill.com to learn more about this issue.

More details about Issues...

Swallowtail butterfly on echineachea
Swallowtail butterfly on Echinacea
Photo by Helena Kotala

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Bull elk from Pennsylvania Elk country
Bull elk in Moshannon country
Photo by Helena Kotala
Sierra Club Green Home Website

Thinking about installing a solar electric system for your home? Want to know how to keep your lawn healthy without all of the chemicals? Are you curious about how to reduce your home’s carbon footprint? For most people, the journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle begins at home.

That’s why, as part of our mission to help people explore, enjoy, and protect the planet, we’re pleased to announce the launch of our partner website, Sierra Club Green Home, which was created to help individuals, like you, take simple steps to green their homes.

By helping people make their homes more energy efficient, ecologically sustainably, and healthy, Sierra Club Green Home advances our efforts to improve the environment.

Sierra Club Green Home is an information-rich resource that provides a wealth of information regarding environmentally friendly products and practices relating to every aspect of home life.


We acknowledge that part of being ecologically responsible involves what happens within our own households. We participate in responsible use of resources when we are careful to recycle our wastes, but recycling takes on a broader meaning if we utilize the resources available locally in Freecycle.

Tired of that well-intentioned project item taking up space but feeling guilty about tossing it? Have outgrown clothes or toys that are usable but not yard sale-worthy? If you would like to pass items on to your neighbors for free, consider giving them away through Freecycle™.

Acquiring used items locally rather than buying new can help reduce your carbon footprint. To find the local group for where you live visit:


The Sierra Club is a dedicated grassroots environmental organization, inspired by and pursuing John Muir’s goals: