PLEASE COME AND JOIN IN THE WORK OF ADVOCATES FOR MORRIS IN 2012.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Dawn Sieck, Town Council
Bob Thomas, Town Council
YOUR CHOICE FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND OPEN GOVERNMENT!
- Maintain the rural and historic character of Morris
- Protect our clean drinking water and clean air
- Keep our night skies free of light pollution
- Provide a safe environment for our children
- Continue low crime rates
- Preserve pristine valley vistas
- Ban heavy industry, including gas drilling and related extraction activities
AND VOTE FOR TERESA WINCHESTER FOR OTSEGO COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 2 (Morris, Pittsfield and Butternuts)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Friday, October 21 7-9 pm
Morris Central School
Using Local Laws to Protect Health, Safety & Community Assets-- Safeguarding Communities in the Face of Industrial-scale Gas Drilling
Featuring Attorneys Helen and David Slottje
with guest Joanne Cipolla-Dennis
and panel Q&A moderator Bob Eklund
Sponsored by Advocates for Morris, Concerned Burlington Neighbors, Friends of Butternuts, New Lisbon Neighbors, Protect Laurens and Protect Pittsfield pro-ban organizations, and the Butternut Valley Alliance
& Otsego 2000
For info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 7, 2011
250 doctors and other health professional say the DEC's draft on hydraulic fracturing doesn't do enough
Letter criticizes DEC hydrofracking draft
NEW YORK STATE -- More than 250 doctors and other health professionals say the DEC's draft on hydraulic fracturing doesn't do enough to address the health issues surrounding the gas drilling method.
In a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, the doctors are calling for a comprehensive human health study in the proposal to permit deep natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region of New York. The letter also says the state health department has declined to do the assessment on the grounds it wouldn't provide significant new information not already being covered.
The doctors claim growing evidence from industrial gas development in other states shows worsening health among people living near gas wells, compressor stations and waste pits.
The Cuomo administration did not immediately reply to requests for comment Wednesday.
read more about it at the link below
Monday, September 5, 2011
“We have a responsibility to protect resources vital to human survival. We require water to maintain life and if we are not vigilant in maintaining clean water, we are accountable to future generations. The greed of the gas companies -- to exploit the natural gas resources for huge profits at the expense of rural cultures and economies -- is unconscionable.”
Friday, August 19, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
ADVOCATES FOR SPRINGFIELD
P.O. Box 25
Springfield Center, New York 13468
July 23, 2011
Otsego Lake Towns Act to Protect Area from Heavy Industry
Since our last Update, Springfield has enacted a local law that forbids heavy industry (which by definition in the law includes gas drilling). This new law, based upon the police powers of a town to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, clearly states that heavy industry is in conflict with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. The law goes on to note that the town’s geology of limestone bedrock is fragile and heavy industry may create serious risks to our water supplies. Our unconsolidated aquifers are susceptible to contamination, and the rural character of the town (including its reliance on agriculture) should be protected. The presence of heavy industry will put at risk our roads and our historic landscapes. For these and other reasons, the Town Board enacted this new law which states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to conduct any new “Heavy Industry” …within the Town of Springfield.”
By enacting this local law, Springfield joins a growing list of towns in the Marcellus shale region that are taking the initiative to protect their areas. In Otsego County, the towns of Otsego and Middlefield have amended their zoning ordinances to exclude heavy industry. Cherry Valley recently adopted a new zoning law with a similar provision. Other towns are considering taking action too.
These laws may be challenged by the gas industry or by property owners who have leased their land to drillers. In New York State, land use decisions are typically left in the hands of municipalities and under the State’s constitution, Home Rule is a protected right. However, under the State’s Environmental Conservation Law, NYS has exercised a preemptive power to supersede local laws in order to allow for development of certain natural resources such as gas and oil.
Those towns that have enacted local laws forbidding heavy industry can anticipate legal challenges. It is our belief, however, that such challenges will not prevail. A parallel challenge of the State’s Mine Reclamation Law was unsuccessful about fifteen years ago, and the MRL was changed based upon the courts’ ruling.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Anti-fracking Candidates for Otsego County
County Board of Representatives:
District 2 - Butternuts, Morris, Pittsfield
465 Chicken Farm Rd.
Otego, NY 13825
Otsego County Representative (incumbent opponent James Powers)
Make checks payable to Friends of Teresa Winchester
District 4 - Town of Oneonta
35 Ceperley Ave
Oneonta, NY 13820
Otsego County Representative (incumbent)
Make checks payable to Friends of Rich Murphy.
District 5 - Towns of New Lisbon, Hartwick, Milford
319 Bliss Gulf Rd.
Oneonta, N.Y. 13820
Otsego County Representative (open seat)
Make checks payable to Friends of Barbara Monroe
District 7 - Middlefield, Roseboom, Cherry Valley
500 County Hwy 50
Cherry Valley NY 13320
Otsego County Reprensentative (open seat)
Make checks payable to Beth Rosenthal; add memo: campaign 2011
District 8 - Town of Otsego
179 Day Rd
Fly Creek, NY 13337
607 547 2344
Otsego County Representative (incombent opponent: James Johnson)
Make checks payable to: John Kosmer
Candidates running for town offices:
Town of Milford, Town Supervisor
47 Sunset Blvd.
Oneonta, NY 13820
Checks can be made to Friends of Chris Harmon
Town of Otsego, Town Board
PO Box 179
Fly Creek, NY 13337
Make checks payable to Friends of Bennett Sandler
Other anti-fracking candidates running for town offices :
Town of Morris, Supervisor
2151 County Highway 26
Fly Creek, NY 13337
Make checks payable to Julie Huntsman; add memo: campaign support
Town Supervisor, Town of Westford
PO Box 7
Westford, NY 13488
Make checks payable to Steve Zerby
More anti-fracking candidates
running for various town offices, but they are also endorsed by
Town of Butternuts: Michele Farwell, Heather Covington, Mark Harvey
Town of Hartwick: Keith Parr
Town of Milford: Marcia Membrino
Town of Morris: Bob Thomas, Dawn Sieck
Town of Plainfield: Alanna Rose
Town of New Lisbon: Bob Eklund
Town of Westford: Steve Hatfield, Karen Wyckoff
Town of Unadilla: Ed Gross