2011-05-16

Dana Dolney, the woman many in Pennsylvania know for standing up for her right to be heard at a public meeting, says she is going to run for the Democratic nomination for County Executive in Alleghany County. The Checks and Balances Project posted an interview Dolney gave in April, at a fracking information meeting in Harrisburg. Dolney says after that video was replayed on a local news station and various websites, several of her neighbors encouraged her to join the primary race.

“I think that the citizens of Alleghany County have the right to a candidate who is not in the back pocket of the natural gas industry,” said Dolney during an interview with Checks and Balances Project Director Andrew Schenkel. Mark Patrick Flaherty and Richard Fitzgerald are the two other candidates in the Democratic primary, which will be held Tuesday.

Dolney, a breast cancer survivor and community organizer, says she became interested in the fracking issue because of her own health problems.

“After beating breast cancer, I became obsessed with prevention. Then I see that Pennsylvania allows potentially damaging chemicals to just be dumped in our waterways. Anyone who is about preventing health problems would be against this,” said Dolney.

Now, after more than 18,000 people saw her video, Dolney says she sees this as an opportunity to raise awareness about the health risks caused by hydraulic fracturing. While she doesn’t expect to win the primary with so little time before the polls open, Dolney says she may try to run in November as a third party candidate or just inspire someone else to take up her cause.

The video of Dolney explaining to a member of the Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor’s staff exactly how citizens were being shut out of a fracking public hearing in Harrisburg can be seen below.

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