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On April 15, 2010, ADP Board President Bill Belitskus and I hiked through the Glad Run Watershed, a tributary of the South Branch of Kinzua Creek near Kane, PA. We are monitoring this area because soon this watershed will be subjected to clear-cutting (North Drive In Timber Sale), shallow well drilling (TEIS Area 8), and deep gas well drilling as East Resources moves forward with its plans to drill a Marcellus Shale Gas well in the headwaters of  the South Branch of Kinzua Creek.

We discovered the Marcellus Shale gas well location through a file review  at the Meadville Offices of  the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). According to the coordinates provided on the well permit, the well will be drilled on FR 186A, a short road leading to a stone pit on the south side of FR 186. The western end of FR 186 intersects Route 6 near the the drive -in theater east of Kane, and the eastern end of FR 186 meets FR 150, not far from Route 219 north of Lantz Corners. The well permit shows that East Resources will use hydraulic fracturing and drill at least one horizontal bore  thousands of feet from the well-head south toward Route 6…read more.

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Posted August 2009: The Allegheny Defense Project (ADP) is holding its 16th Annual Fall Gathering at Tracy Ridge in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) September 18-20th. Please join us for camping, hiking, rappelling, geo-caching, foraging, survival skills, wilderness first aid, bow-hunting, spear-throwing, music, food and fun! Please RSVP so we can plan for food (we will asking for donations for each meal, ca $15 for the weekend) Meals are vegan and vegetarian, but feel free to bring your own veg or non-veg supplies to supplement.

We will be setting up camp on Friday September 18th in a group camp area at the Tracy Ridge Camping Facility in the ANF (see maps below).


This map shows Tracy Ridge / Chestnut Ridge proposed wilderness area will be destroyed by proposed oil and gas drilling and we want people to come and show support for protecting it. See map below for more detail.

“What is the “Fall Gathering”? It’s a family oriented event providing time for Allegheny Defense Project members, supporters and “environmentally conscious” individuals to come together in the fall to camp, hike, eat and learn about issues impacting the Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania’s only national forest.

The Allegheny Defense Project is an organization founded on principles of non-violence. We request that participants do not bring any illegal substances. Your well-behaved pets are always welcome.

Friday evening we will be setting up camp. We will get together to set up tents, the food area, prepare dinner, and spend time around the campfire renewing acquaintances and providing updates on Allegheny National Forest issues. Feel free to bring musical instruments.

Saturday and Sunday we will wake up to a nice healthy breakfast, and do a campfire update on Allegheny National Forest issues, before heading out to spend the day updating and educating supporters on ANF issues with on site hikes.

Evenings we will return to camp for dinner. Saturday night we will enjoy time around the campfire and do an “after dark” hike.

Sunday will be breakfast followed by a hike to an Allegheny National Forest area proposed for a massive oil and gas development. We will return for lunch and then the breaking down of camp.

The schedule is flexible and you can come out and spend whatever time you have whether its for one event, a meal, any day, the whole weekend, or just stop by for the campfire in the evening.

To RSVP and for more information contact:

Cathy Pedler

Bill Belitskus


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