Riverdale: EMERGENCY UPDATE

According to their website, construction of a water removal site at Riverdale Mobile Home Park begins today. The water is slated for use in a nearby fracking operation. Facing eviction after Aqua America bought the land earlier this year, several families, some with out the means to relocate, chose to stay enlisting the support of sympathetic citizens across the country. In May, concern over the evictions in Riverdale Mobile Home Park spurred bipartisan support and the eventual passing of the Manufactured Homes Community Standards Bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. It has been moved to the Senate for approval. The legislation requires tenants to be notified within 60 days of the sale and development of the land they live on, and to be provided with relocation funds.

The Sun Gazette Reported:

State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, who voted in favor of the legislation, said it will ensure that residents of such communities do not experience what is happening with tenants of Riverdale Mobile Home Park in Piatt Township.

“I have been working on this issue since the previous session when I served on the House Urban Affairs Committee,” he said. “The recent events at the Riverdale Mobile Home Park helped to bring this issue back to the forefront.”

In June the Sun Gazette reported that both Everett and fellow supporter Rep. Rick Mirabito, D-Williamsport, have noted that the bill would be too late to help the residence of Riverdale. This leaves the residence to fend for themselves, which they have done, with success, for over a week.

Now facing a final eviction, their website stated yesterday:

“This morning, we were informed by a utility worker that construction crews affiliated with Aqua America are planning to begin excavation on the land of the Riverdale mobile home community tomorrow (Tuesday).  

We have successfully delayed construction of a massive water withdrawal facility, permitted to suck up to 3 millions gallons of water daily from the Susquehanna River for use in fracking operations, for over 10 days now. The encampment is in urgent need of support at this time!  Now is the time to show your conviction and solidarity with these brave residents and volunteers who have decided to stand their ground in the face of ruthless corporate giant – Aqua America.

The construction crews are already there and, thanks to modern technology, the situation can be watched live.

Actions to take and numbers to call can be found here. Suggestions on the site include calling Aqua America and, for those that have them, the divesting of personal holdings in the company.

~ nuevaspora

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