By Mark Abrams

BRYN MAWR, Pa. (CBS) — A group of activists from central Pennsylvania descended upon the Bryn Mawr headquarters of Aqua America today, to protest the company’s plans to build a pumping station to send millions of gallons of water daily to Marcellus shale operations in the Williamsport, Pa. area.

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A handful of activists marched outside Aqua’s headquarters on West Lancaster Avenue, claiming to represent residents of a trailer park where the pumping station is to be built.

None of the affected residents was present today, and speakers turned the rally into a plea for ending the process  in Pennsylvania known as “fracking” — drilling into the shale to extract natural gas.

Iris Marie Bloom, a spokesman for the activists, conceded that she doesn’t represent the 30 or so remaining residents of the trailer park whom Aqua has asked to leave.

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“I have not been there myself, physically, and I also haven’t been able to examine the laws,” she acknoledged to KYW Newsradio today.

(Karl Kyriss. Credit: Mark Abrams)

Karl Kyriss of Aqua America (right) says the company is working with the Lycoming County trailer park residents, offering a $2,500 relocation settlement to each.

“We’ve offered the incentive as a means to encourage people to leave,” he said.  He says there are no plans to evict anyone.


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