Saturday, December 22, 2012

Message to Residents of the Town & Village of Morris

Everyone who lives here in Morris should view this video. 

Is this to be our future?  Will our narrow valley corridors amplify the sounds from drilling operations and compressor stations?  Will the airborne contaminants be trapped in our valleys?  When our property values diminish, can we expect that our property taxes would be reduced accordingly?  Is it already too late to sell out and move elsewhere?  With the Morris Central School situated on two major state highways, has the town board calculated the risks to children who travel this corridor to and from school?  Are the leaders on our town board simply paralyzed by fear and afraid to take a stand to protect us, when neighboring towns have already taken bold steps to protect the citizens of their communities by exercising home rule and implementing land use regulations?  Or has the Morris Town Board been sold a bill of goods by the pro-gas coalitions and the gas companies?  Should we be asking ourselves whether any member of our town board is expecting to profit as the result of leasing their property for drilling (as does our district's county rep)?  Which local business expects to reap the greatest profits when/if drilling comes to Morris?  Will the citizens of Morris sit idly by and simply allow ruthless corporations to reap their profits at the expense of the people?  Or do we care enough about our children, our parents, our grandchildren, our grandparents--and ourselves--to stand up and take action now?

I'll be here at home awaiting your answers to these questions.  Merry Christmas!

Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:24:05 -0500
Subject: [otsego-coalition] great video: Life next to a glycol dehydration station in NE Pennsylvania.

Agree.this is an excellent educational video.
On Dec 21, 2012, at 2:44 PM, William Huston wrote:

Wow. you won't believe this video:
By Scott Cannon / GDAC

Glycol Dehydrators / Pipeline impacts

On Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM, born female <> wrote:
Life next to a glycol dehydration station in NE Pennsylvania. They had a blow off recently at this location. Neighbors complain of constant noise and vibrations in their homes, enough to rattle and move pictures on the wall. Say they were lied to about the extent of this operation. Worry about depreciation of property values.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Americans Against Fracking

Dear Friends,

I am excited to send the first update on Americans Against Fracking. We are at a unique point in the movement against fracking, and I am excited and humbled to be working with such an impressive and diverse group of organizations to stop this dangerous practice.  The work you do truly inspires me!  

In just over a month, there are over 150 organizations that are part of this coalition to ban fracking including national groups such as Food & Water Watch, CREDO Action, National Nurses United, 350, Democracy for America, Greenpeace USA, Center for Biological Diversity, and Breast Cancer Action.  In addition, this powerful coalition also includes leading regional, state and local groups including Berks Gas Truth, Delaware Riverkeeper, Frack Action, Our Longmont, Illinois People's Alliance, Catskill Mountainkeeper and Frack Free Stark among dozens of others across the country. Together we will be stronger and more unified than ever before. We will change the dynamic and the prevailing messages around fracking in this county.

We will work together, new friends and old, to build a more powerful, coordinated and strategic political movement to compel our elected officials to put the interests of our families, communities and planet above those of the big oil and gas companies that are poisoning our communities.

So, here's what's happening:

We will be hosting a conference call on January 16 to discuss the vision for the coalition, next steps and the structure/working groups. We wanted to do this after the holidays to maximize participation. We will send out more information on this in the new year.

But, before that, we wanted to announce a couple of exciting events that are coming soon.

1) We have created some materials around the new feature film on fracking, Promised Land.   Energy In Depth is launching a campaign to discredit the film, so it's critical that we mobilize our collective membership out to screenings and make our voices heard.  To that end, we have developed a downloadable flyer that uses Promised Land to highlight the need to ban fracking.  

The flyer has editable fields where you can type in the name of a targeted state or local official for phone calls. The flyer also has editable fields for you to insert the name of your organization and website. We are encouraging people to use the opening night on January 4 (or on December 28 in select locations) as an opportunity to inform the public and get some good publicity. We also hope that people will take photos in front of their local theaters with signs against fracking and post them on the Facebook page. Join and spread the word about the Facebook event page, which provides directions to get the flyer and a place to post photos from movie theater actions. Please share this page.

2) We will be facilitating a national call in day to President Obama on January 25. His so-called clean energy plan calls for greater shale gas production and more fracking. We need to push back and tell him not to pursue policies that facilitate fracking. He will be giving his state of the Union Address on January 29, when he is sure to talk about energy. He needs to get the message loud and clear that we need to ban fracking now! Here is the event page for this.

We are a new coalition, and we appreciate your patience as we get our systems up and running, but together we can build on the tremendous organizing that all of us have been doing and take the campaign to ban fracking to another level.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this email.  

Have a great holiday! Let's have fun and make a difference around Promised Land, and hit the ground running in the new year.


David on behalf of Americans Against Fracking

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Radon in Shale Gas

New York City: Is Radon a Game Changer?

There’s an incongruity in official New York City policy: The position that fracking is too dangerous for “our” watershed, but a necessary evil elsewhere––because New York’s economy “needs” gas* to grow, “needs” gas to clean up our dirty boilers–is part and parcel of PlaNYC, (the Mayor’s blueprint to “green” the city).
While PlaNYC has many positive features, in this regard it encourages fracking. Even officials who’ve otherwise been champions against fracking have parroted this incongruous policy. Over and over again they rail against the evils of fracking in our watershed, yet maintain that, “the City needs the gas.” With rare exception, officials seem terrified to “just say no.”
While New Yorkers Against Fracking and grassroots activists across the state build a movement to ban fracking in New York State, those officials who’ve hesitated before may soon find saying, “no” is the only responsible answer. One reason for that change may be radon.
When people in NYC first learn there’s radon in gas, they are generally shocked. When they learn that radon levels in their gas might rise, due to plans to deliver high-radon Marcellus gas directly to city stoves, they are alarmed.
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Residents in NYC who use gas stoves and laundry dryers have even more chance of inhaling radon, because our apartment kitchens are typically small, enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation.
A current debate about how much radon is likely to be piped into city homes was spurred by a report from Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, which estimated radon levels from Marcellus gas up to 70 times the average. Spectra Energy, builder of a pipeline planned to transport that gas into Manhattan, countered by commissioning 2 studies to refute Resnikoff. The United States Geological Survey then released a report measuring actual levels at a handful of Marcellus wells. Dr. Resnikoff has taken issue with the methodology of that report, and even the study’s author notes that the small sampling is preliminary. Still, readings from several wells were high enough to be problematic.
What’s needed is an in-depth, peer-reviewed, statistically significant study of radon levels from Marcellus wells, plus a survey of actual city ventilation conditions. Without that, it’s not unreasonable, even for those who insist that “New York needs the gas,” to call for a halt to delivery of Marcellus gas to NYC, and any new pipelines to supply it. It’s only reasonable to call for new laws requiring public utilities such as Con Edison to deliver gas at “safe” levels. It’s reasonable to enforce building code in city kitchens, many of which do not meet ventilation requirements.
But the real solution is to simply skip over yet another layer of regulation and legislation and admit, once and for all, that the use of gas simply causes us too much grief. The reasonable plan is to stop using gas––or any fossil fuel––altogether, and move on to where we must head anyway: to renewables.
*For the uninitiated, we refer here to methane, so-called “natural” gas, rather than gasoline.
Clare Donohue is Founding Member of the Sane Energy Project.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Leading Environmental & Health Experts Call on Cuomo to Open Health Review to the Public

Prepared Remarks, Albany Press Conference, “Cuomo Puts the Cart Before the Horse on Fracking—Elected Officials, Leading Environmental and Health Experts Call on Cuomo to Open Health Review to the Public,” Dec. 3, 2012
 I am Sandra Steingraber, biologist at Ithaca College 
 I saw some of you last Thursday when I was here to announce the launch of Concerned Health Professionals of New York—an initiative of doctors, nurses, and environmental health researchers. 
 Concerned Health Professionals was launched in response to the secrecy of the ongoing health review, the exclusion of New York State’s own public health experts in the process, and Governor Cuomo’s rejection of our unified demand for a transparent, comprehensive Health Impact Assessment.
 Not knowing what documents the three outside health reviewers have been asked by DOH to review, we’ve created a website: where we’ve uploaded peer-reviewed studies, reports, and our testimonies and letters to serve as a repository of our many concerns about the consequences of fracking for public health. 
 Since then, we’ve also uploaded an  eight-minute video appeal to the three panelists from three of New York’s leading public health physicians, two nurses, the founder of New York Breast Cancer Network, and myself—an environmental researcher.  In this video, we speak directly to the three panelists about our most urgent concerns.  These include—
 ·      Radium in flowback fluid
 ·      Diesel exhaust and its link to breast cancer risk
  ·   Impaired birth outcomes of newborns born to women living near drilling and fracking operations
 None of these concerns appear in the last iteration of the sGEIS. We have no idea if they are in the current one or are part of documents pieced together in secrecy by the DOH.
 Okay.  Can I just say that this is crazy?  Scientists and doctors creating videos and websites funded out of their own pockets to get information and data to our out-of-state colleagues because our collective knowledge has been entirely ignored by our own government?
 But it gets even crazier.  On Thursday, we learned that draft regulations were being released.  On Friday, we learned that two of the three outside reviews—in whose hands the fate of millions of New Yorkers now lie—are being paid for 25 hours of work.  Twenty-five hours is three working days.  You cannot even READ all the literature on fracking’s health effects in three days. 
 So what should be a linear, deliberative process of decision-making—
 first, we investigate cumulative health impacts (how many New Yorkers will get sick and die if fracking comes to our state?), then we fold those answers into a larger EIS that examines if said impacts are acceptably mitigatable, and only then, if they are, do those results become the foundation for regulations—
 what should be a linear process of decision-making is twisted into a pretzel:
 The regs are out and we can comment on them. 
 But the EIS is not out. 
 And the health study, which should be its basis, isn’t even done, and it’s being carried out in total secrecy, and, oh, yeah, today’s the reported deadline for the receipt of the outside reviewers review based on unknown scoping and three days’ work. 
 That’s not just irrational.  That’s surreal

In twenty years of serving on state and federal advisory panels and watching science get turned into policy, I have never seen a more shameful process.  The scientific process behind the decision to frack or not to frack New York is befitting a Third World dictatorship, not a progressive democracy. 

Here’s what needs to happen:  The process by which the state of New York is evaluating health effects must be opened up to public scrutiny and input.  We must have public hearings.  We must define the broad spectrum of pollutants associated with fracking, document their fate in the environment, identify pathways of human exposure, and investigate long-term health consequences. 

Until then, the public health community of New York will raise our voices in objection.  Because science is supposed to be transparent, and the Governor’s process has been anything but transparent.  Because this process feels like a series of reactions to attacks from the fracking industry, rather than a deliberative process for implementing sound public policy. 

It is alarming for the administration to attempt to rush the enormous amount of work that must be done into the next 85 days.  We hope—and demand—that they will step back, see the dangerous path they are on, step out of the backrooms to engage the public, and keep their promise to follow the science. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Tell Governor Cuomo to Withdraw the RD SGEIS!

Tell Governor Cuomo to Withdraw the RD SGEIS!  


Coalition Letter To Governor Cuomo Requests Termination of DEC Shale Gas Rulemaking Proposal as well as a Restart of SGEIS Proceeding

November 28, 2012
Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York
The State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
Dear Governor Cuomo:
We, the undersigned, write to request that you require your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to: a) terminate its shale gas rulemaking effort by not submitting any request for a 90-day extension and b) restart its Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) proceeding to allow public participation in formulating your Department of Health’s (DOH) proposed “health impact analysis” review.
DOH’s review is critically important because DEC has said that no Final SGEIS will be adopted until the review is completed. It is essential that DOH’s review be comprehensive, open, transparent and involve full public participation.

Public Comment for DOH Review Essential

To date, your administration has not published a single word about the proposed DOH review. As a result, the public has no idea about the scope of the review or how it would be conducted.
We believe the best way to address this unacceptable shortcoming is to reopen the SGEIS proceeding to allow public comment about how DEC and DOH should undertake the review. After both agencies have reviewed those comments, a final review proposal can be adopted.

Terminate Shale Gas Rulemaking Proceeding

You stated publicly that DEC's proposed rulemaking proceeding will not meet its 11/29/12 deadline. It has been reported that a revised rulemaking proposal is about to be initiated by DEC as part of a 90-day extension of that proceeding.
It would be entirely inappropriate to continue DEC's shale gas rulemaking proposal while the DOH health impact analysis review is incomplete. To do so would call into question the integrity of DOH’s review as well as DEC’s rulemaking proceeding.

Good Science Imperative to DOH Review

It is imperative for all the physicians, scientists, academic researchers, elected officials, citizens and other interested parties who have expressed grave concerns about the SGEIS's inadequate health impact analysis to be allowed to comment publicly on how the DOH review must be conducted in order to be based on “good science.”

DOH Review Must Investigate Documented Gas Extraction Problems

DOH’s review of the SGEIS’ “health impact analysis” will help determine whether shale gas fracking will be permitted in New York. Given the importance of that decision, we believe the review must investigate drinking water contamination, gas drilling wastewater dumping, unplugged gas wells and other public health hazards documented by DEC's own records as well as by local health departments in the areas of New York where gas drilling has been prevalent.


In conclusion, we believe that New York’s existing shale gas fracking moratorium must be maintained until all public health and environmental concerns associated with the proposed practice have been fully resolved.
In order to achieve that goal, we request that you require DEC to terminate its shale gas rulemaking effort and restart the SGEIS proceeding to allow public participation in formulating the proposed “health impact analysis” review.
We trust that you will find our request self-explanatory, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our concerns.
Thank you for your consideration.
We look forward to receiving your timely reply.
Very truly yours,

Tell Governor Cuomo to Withdraw the RD SGEIS!

Tell Governor Cuomo to Withdraw the RD SGEIS!

Monday, November 26, 2012


Fracking for gas not only uses toxic chemicals that can contaminate drinking and groundwater -- it also releases substantial quantities of radioactive poison from the ground that will remain hot and deadly for thousands of years.
Issuing a report yesterday exposing major radioactive impacts of hydraulic fracturing­known as fracking -- was Grassroots Environmental Education, an organization in New York, where extensive fracking is proposed.
The Marcellus Shale region which covers much of upstate New York is seen as loaded with gas that can be released through the fracking process. It involves injecting fluid and chemicals under high pressure to fracture shale formations and release the gas captured in them.
But also released, notes the report, is radioactive material in the shale­including Radium-226 with a half-life of 1,600 years. A half-life is how long it takes for a radioactive substance to lose half its radiation. It is multiplied by between 10 and 20 to determine the “hazardous lifetime” of a radioactive material, how long it takes for it to lose its radioactivity. Thus Radium-226 remains radioactive for between 16,000 and 32,000 years.
“Horizontal hydrofracking for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region of New York State has the potential to result in the production of large amounts of waste materials containing Radium-226 and Radium-228 in both solid and liquid mediums,” states the report by E. Ivan White.  For 30 years he was a staff scientist for the Congressionally-chartered National Council on Radiation Protection.
“Importantly, the type of radioactive material found in the Marcellus Shale and brought to the surface by horizontal hydrofracking is the type that is particularly long-lived, and could easily bio-accumulate over time and deliver a dangerous radiation dose to potentially millions of people long after the drilling is over,” the report goes on.
“Radioactivity in the environment, especially the presence of the known carcinogen radium, poses a potentially significant threat to human health,” it says. “Therefore, any activity that has the potential to increase that exposure must be carefully analyzed prior to its commencement so that the risks can be fully understood.”
The report lays out “potential pathways of the radiation” through the air, water and soil. Through soil it would get into crops and animals eaten by people.
Examined in the report are a 1999 study done by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation “assisted by representatives from 16 oil and gas companies” on hydrofracking and radioactivity and a 2011 Environmental Impact Statement the agency did on the issue. It says both present a “cavalier attitude toward human exposure to radioactive material.”
Radium causes cancer in people largely because it is treated as calcium by the body and  becomes deposited in bones.  It can mutate bones cells causing cancer and also impact on bone marrow. It can cause aplastic anemia­an inability of bone marrow to produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. Marie Curie, who discovered radium in 1893 and felt comfortable physically handling it, died of aplastic anemia.
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Once radium was used in self-luminous paint for watch dials and even as an additive in products such as toothpaste and hair creams for purported “curative powers.” 
There are “no specific treatments for radium poisoning,” advises the Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Public Health in its information sheet on radium. When first discovered, “no one knew that it was dangerous,” it mentions.
White’s report, entitled “Consideration of Radiation in Hazardous Waste Produced from Horizontal Hydrofracking,” notes that “radioactive materials and chemical wastes do not just go away when they are released into the environment. They remain active and potentially lethal, and can show up years later in unexpected places. They bio-accumulate in the food chain, eventually reaching humans.” 
Under the fracking plan for New York State, “there are insufficient precautions for monitoring potential pathways or to even know what is being released into the environment,” it states.
The Department of Environmental Conservation “has not proposed sufficient regulations for tracking radioactive waste from horizontal hydrofracking,” it says. “Neither New York State nor the Nuclear Regulatory Commission would permit a nuclear power plant to handle radioactive material in this manner.”
Doug Wood, associate director of Grassroots Environmental Education, which is based in Port Washington, New York, and also editor of the report, commented as it was issued: “Once radioactive material comes out of the ground along with the gas, the problem is what to do with it. The radioactivity lasts for thousands of years, and it is virtually impossible to eliminate or mitigate. Sooner or later, it’s going to end up in our environment and eventually our food chain. It’s a problem with no good solution -­ and the DEC is unequipped to handle it.”
As for “various disposal methods…contemplated” by the agency “for the thousands of tons of radioactive waste expected to be produced by fracking,” Wood said that “none…adequately protect New Yorkers from eventual exposure to this radioactive material. Spread it on the ground and it will become airborne with dust or wash off into surface waters; dilute it before discharge into rivers and it will raise radiation levels in those rivers for everyone downstream; bury it underground and it will eventually find its way into someone’s drinking water. No matter how hard you try, you can’t put the radioactive genie back into the bottle.”
Furthermore, said Wood in an interview, in releasing radioactive radium from the ground, “a terrible burden would be placed on everybody that comes after us.  As a moral issue, we must not burden future generations with this. We must say no to fracking -- and implement the use of sustainable forms of energy that don’t kill.”
The prospects of unleashing, through fracking, radium, a silvery-white metal, has a parallel in the mining of uranium on the Navajo Nation. 
The mining began on the Navajo Nation, which encompasses parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, during World War II as the Manhattan Project, the American crash program to build atomic weapons, sought uranium to fuel them. The Navajos weren’t told that mining the uranium, yellow in color, could lead to lung cancer. And lung cancer became epidemic among the miners and then spread across the Navajo Nation from piles of contaminated uranium tailings and other remnants of the mining. 
The Navajos gave the uranium a name: Leetso or yellow monster. 
Left in the ground, it would do no harm. But taken from the earth, it has caused disease. That is why the Navajo Nation outlawed uranium mining in 2005. “This legislation just chopped the legs off the uranium monster,” said Norman Brown, a Navajo leader.
Similarly, radium, a silvery-white monster, must be left in the earth, not unleashed, with fracking, to inflict disease on people today and many, many generations into the future.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Stefanie Spear

More than 5,000 people from all over the nation, and various parts of the world including Australia, united today on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol demanding Congress take immediate action to stop fracking. After the rally that began at 2 p.m., rally participants marched for more than one hour, stopping at the headquarters of the America’s Natural Gas Alliance and American Petroleum Institute.
People impacted by fracking in their communities joined forces with 136 local and national organizations to call on Congress to Stop the Frack Attack and protect Americans from the dangerous impacts of fracking.
Rally speakers included, Bill McKibben, co-founder of; Josh Fox, producer of Gasland; Calvin Tillman, former mayor of Dish, Texas; Allison Chin, board president of the Sierra Club, and community members from swing states affected by fracking.
“As the increasingly bizarre weather across the planet and melting ice on Greenland makes clear, at this point we’ve got no choice but to keep fossil fuels underground. Fracking to find more is the worst possible idea,” said McKibben.
“The amazing thing about this problem is that there’s a solution… We know that we can run the world on renewable energy. We know that we can run the world on the wind. And today, we have a reminder that we can run the world on the sun,” said Fox.
Today’s rally was part of the first national event to stop the frack attack. The rally is the culmination of three days of training to further escalate the movement to stop abuse by the fossil fuel industry. Large groups from swing states including Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania and North Carolina attended the training and rally to make sure that fracking is a key part of the upcoming election.
“Just weeks ago in North Carolina, our legislature ripped up decades of groundwater protections for rural drinking water, in order to allow fracking and invite in dirty industry campaign dollars. So we add our voices to the national movement calling on Congress to protect our homes, our drinking water and our health by repealing the 2005 oil and gas exemptions,” said Hope Taylor, a farmer near Durham and executive director of Clean Water for NC.
Rally participants have three key demands: an end to dirty and dangerous fracking, closure of the seven legal loopholes that let frackers in the oil and gas industry ignore the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and full enforcement of existing laws to protect families and communities from the effects of fracking.
“It is time for us to come together as a people and let the law makers that work for us know that we are tired of being run over by the out-of-control oil and gas industry,” said Tillman.
While at the headquarters of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, rally organizers delivered six jugs of contaminated water in hazmat suits and then headed to the American Petroleum Institute where a 20-foot-high mock oil rig was smashed to the ground.
This event was a launching point for the movement, and will be followed by events in Albany, NY on Aug. 25, Philadelphia on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, and subsequent events in other states and regions affected by fracking.
To see additional photos from the Stop the Frack Attack rally and march, visit EcoWatch’s Facebook page.
Visit EcoWatch’s FRACKING page for more related news on this topic.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

July 28, 2012 Washington DC


Join us at the Nation's Capitol in Washington DC as people from across the country--from California to New York, from North Dakota to Texas--will converge on the US Capitol to tell Congress, the President and the world to end the rush to drill and STOP THE FRACK ATTACK!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Yorkers Against Fracking CALL TO ACTION MAY 15

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A Concert Event Featuring: Medeski Martin & Wood, Natalie Merchant, Citizen Cope, The Felice Brothers, Joan Osborne, Tracy Bonham, Toshi Reagon, Dan Zanes, Ida, The Horse Flies, The Ahkwesasne Women Singers

Hosted by Mark Ruffalo & Melissa Leo

Tuesday, May 15 Albany, New York
Rally 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. West Capitol Lawn
Concert 7:00 p.m. The Egg: Center For Performing Arts
Ticket Information: 518 473-1845 /

Tuesday, May 15, a concerned group of New York-based artists will participate in a rally and multi-media concert event in Albany to educate the public on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing and call on Governor Cuomo to ban the controversial natural gas drilling process in New York State. Musicians include: Medeski Martin & Wood, Natalie Merchant, Citizen Cope, The Felice Brothers, Joan Osborne, Tracy Bonham, Toshi Reagon, Dan Zanes, Ida, The Horse Flies, and The Ahkwesasne Women Singers. Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo and Academy Award winning actress Melissa Leo will be official hosts of the evening. All of the artists involved make New York State their home and are committed to keeping it fracking-free. The official rally will begin at 4:00 on The West Capitol Lawn and will be followed by the concert at The Egg: Center For Performing Arts at 7:00.

Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer, Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) will capture the musical performances, films, speeches and testimonials given by scientists, authors, economists, politicians and activists, on hydraulic fracturing.

This unique show is the brainchild of New Yorkers Against Fracking, a new coalition of diverse grassroots, state-wide organizations that have joined together with the common goal of banning hydrofracking in New York State. These organizations agree that this extreme gas drilling method will cause irreversible damage to the environment and public health.

Acclaimed ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. (Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis) will be on hand to share her experience and expertise on the issue. Steingraber is internationally recognized for her work uncovering and understanding the ways in which chemical contaminants in the air, water, and food endanger human health. An in demand public speaker and cancer survivor, she first gained recognition with her modern classic, Living Downstream, which was recently adapted to a biographical film of the same name. She used the prize money she received for her 2011 Heinz Award to help form New Yorkers Against Fracking.

Shale Gas Hydrofracking (Fracking) is a means of injecting millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals under enormous pressure into dense shale rock formations to release natural gas. This process has caused major environmental damage in the communities where it has been allowed to take place. Opponents of fracking cite leaks and accidents that ruin groundwater, contaminating it with carcinogens, neurotoxins, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and natural gas itself. They also point out that the drilling causes massive land scarring, air pollution, truck traffic, and miles and miles of pipeline construction.

“Fracking is wrong,” says Steingraber. “Sooner or later, steel and cement disintegrate. Sooner or later, gas wells open portals of contamination between drinking water aquifers and the toxic materials held in the bedrock below. Doing fracking ‘right’ simply means building time bombs with longer fuses. There are no places in New York and no children in New York that we are willing to sacrifice.”

“I'm terrified of what may happen to my home state if hydraulic fracturing begins,” says Natalie Merchant. “Significant parts of rural New York will be sacrificed for relatively short-term gain in exchange for long-term degradation and contamination. Our most critical resource: WATER, both on the surface and underground will be endangered.”

Presented by New Yorkers Against Fracking in Partnership with the Finger Lakes CleanWaters Initiative, Inc.
This concert is powered in part by the wind due to a Wind Energy Donation compliments of Community Energy.

For more information, please contact Alex Levy or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Examining Shale Gas Hype: April 25

Financial Analyst Deborah Rogers
Founder of Energy Policy Forum
Spells out the economic and investment realities
of hydraulic fracturing for gas

"In Their Own Words: Examining Shale Gas Hype"

Former Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney financial consultant
Federal Reserve Bank Of Dallas Advisory Committee Member, 2008-2011
Oil and Gas Accountability Project, member since 2011
Farmer and owner of Deborah's Farmstead Artisanal Cheese

Wednesday, April 25, 7pm
Free and open to the public
Foothills Performing Arts Center
24 Market Street, Oneonta

Sponsors include:
Ommegang Brewery, Otsego 2000, Ed & Vicky Lentz,
Franklin Local, Sustainable Otsego, DAG-Delaware Action Group

For further information contact: Gene Marner, 607 829 8451

Sunday, February 19, 2012

New York State criss-crossed by faults


After a brief sabbatical, Advocates for Morris is back. It's a New Year--and we're ready for action!

Advocates for Morris is a citizens' organization whose members are concerned about the future quality of life in the Town and Village of Morris--and we're inviting new members to participate in our work.

C'mon! Take an active part in the decisions currently being made for our community. Make certain that our local government is heeding the will of the people. Don't allow corporations or industry--or their promises of financial gain to a handful of Morris residents-- to determine our future.

Contact us at