with Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald.
Time and Place: Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7 – 9 pm, First Baptist Church, 309 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
New York state has newly banned fracking due to its known hazards and risks. But New Yorkers are still at risk from hazardous gas facilities and pipelines, pollution, food chain contamination and other problems of the fracking boom.
Ithaca-based non-profit, The Bioscience Resource Project, is hosting Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake. Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald will provide an overview of post-ban fracking threats to New York state.
More about this Event: The DEC promises to prohibit high volume hydraulic fracturing—a courageous act by Governor Cuomo—but what of the risks faced by many New Yorkers from pipelines, compressor stations, gas storage caverns and export terminals? If this infrastructure rapidly expands across our state, what are the potential impacts to people, animals and the food shed, and what is the current status of each project? Hosted by the Bioscience Resource Project– Sandra Steingraber (author of “Raising Elijah” and “Living Downstream”, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College) will join veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Cornell professor of molecular medicine Robert Oswald, authors of “The Real Cost of Fracking”, for a public discussion of the crucial issues. Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 – 9 pm, First Baptist Church, 309 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY. Buffalo Street Books will have books for sale at this event.
Event Title: Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake
Speakers: Sandra Steingraber (author of “Raising Elijah” and “Living Downstream”, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College) will join veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Cornell professor of molecular medicine Robert Oswald, authors of “The Real Cost of Fracking”.
Hosts: The Bioscience Resource Project (Publisher of Independent Science News) is organizing this event. Use of the venue for the event has been generously donated by The First Baptist Church of Ithaca.
Time and Place: Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 7 – 9 pm, in the Sanctuary at the First Baptist Church, 309 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY (Entrance located in the back corner of Dewitt Park). Local booksellers Buffalo Street Books will have books for sale at this event.
For More Information See:
Book review of “The Real Cost of Fracking” on Independent Science News: http://www.independentsciencenews.org/health/real-cost-of-fracking-how-americas-shale-gas-boom-families-pets-and-food/
Concerned Health Professionals of NY webpage with downloadable copy of: Updated Compendium of Risks and Harms Of Fracking (Unconventional Gas And Oil): http://concernedhealthny.org/compendium/
Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy released a working paper analysis, in the form of a statistical evaluation of the approximately 400 peer-reviewed studies to date on the impacts of shale gas development.
For Organizations Working on Fracking See:
We are Seneca Lake: http://www.wearesenecalake.com
The Coalition to Protect Communities from Fracking’s Collateral Damage: http://www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org/resources.php
River Keeper New York’s Clean Water Advocate: http://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/safeguard/gas-drilling/the-facts-about-new-york-and-fracking-waste/
Stop the Pipeline Stop the Constitution Pipeline – A major pipeline that would run through the Catskills and the Southern Tier of NY: http://www.stopthepipeline.org/what-is-the-constitution-pipeline/
Stop the I-81 pipeline and compressor station(s): https://stop81pipeline.wordpress.com/about/
Madison County Neighbors for Environmental Preservation (MCNEP): http://madcopreservation.com
FracTracker.org is here to provide you with the most up-to-date oil and gas drilling data that we can collect, map, and share: http://www.fractracker.org
PSE Healthy Energy “PSE (Physicians, Scientists, Engineers) Healthy Energy provides a multi-disciplinary approach to identifying reasonable, healthy, and sustainable energy options for everyone. We will help empower citizens and policymakers by organizing and supplying objective, evidence-based information: http://www.psehealthyenergy.org/
Map of NY State shale gas infrastructure: http://www.youareherenymap.org
Dear friends, January 2015
Yahoo!! What a celebration we’ve been having since Gov. Cuomo announced the ban on fracking in NY — hugging, crying, laughing, and everyone feeling relief and gratitude. We sincerely thank you and all those who played a part. We are absolutely convinced that every action, however big or small, made a difference in leading the Governor to the decision he made.
At this historic moment, many of us have been thinking back to the early meetings and events in 2008-2010 when the anti-fracking movement in the Finger Lakes began and rapidly grew. We have had an amazingly successful run. The journey that culminated in the NY Ban is now officially a case study in democratic resistance to the fossil fuel industry and the governments they try to control. Wow!
As you know, the folks at Shaleshock Media under the leadership of Cris McConkey have been documenting the anti-fracking movement in NY since the start. Their collection of over a thousand hours of original source videos has been a powerful vehicle for spreading information to activists during this time. Now, their collection becomes an invaluable resource for chronicling history.
At Shaleshock, we have an opportunity and an obligation to help keep the historical story true to the facts.
It is important to make copies of our videos available for use (as more documentarians want to find clips to include in new videos), but we must, at the same time, preserve the originals from alteration or destruction, whether changes be intentional or accidental. Another important feature of any historical collection is proper indexing so that someone searching for a particular person or place or event can easily find the information they need.
To supplement the collection, we are announcing an oral history project,
where Shaleshock Media videographers will interview many of the grassroots activists who led the fight against fracking in New York.
To achieve these archiving goals, money is needed. Shaleshock Media is exploring grant funding and partnerships with Cornell libraries, but for now we are looking for seed money to get us started. Please consider making a donation now.
The grassroots movement you helped to build in NY shines as a hopeful beacon against the cloud of climate disruption. Shaleshock Media video footage documents what can be accomplished by caring people, and how it happened, all against enormous odds. Help us preserve our story.
Donations are tax-deductible. Checks should be made out to Social Ventures and sent to
Social Ventures, 124 Westfield Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Please add “Archive project” in the memo line.
Best wishes to you for a happy new year,
From Ryan, Sara, Cris, Laurie, Marie, Hilary, Fred, Margaret, John, Karen, and many more
As you may have heard, the Governor’s State of the State Address has been re-scheduled to Wednesday, January 21st due to the death of Mario Cuomo. In light of this, we will be holding our same schedule of events on the 21st, a rally & celebration for the ban on fracking in New York State (details & schedule below). I will keep you updated with any new information or changes & feel free to check the facebook page for updates as well:
Thank you & see you on the 21st!
And here’s the rally & party information updated; please help spread the word:
NEW YORK HAS BANNED FRACKING!
On January 21st in Albany, New York, we will come together to celebrate an incredible victory for science, public health, the environment, and our movement, and will give thanks to Governor Cuomo and speak to the importance of this decision for the whole nation and the opportunities ahead for renewable energy!
What: Rally to Celebrate New York Fracking Ban and Lead the Nation in Renewable Energy!
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30pm (followed by a celebratory gathering with speakers, 1-3pm, see below)
Where: Concourse Hallways, outside the entrance to the Convention Center, Empire Plaza, Albany, NY
NOTE: RALLY IS INDOORS
What: We Banned Fracking Celebration! Featuring food, drink, special guest speakers and music
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Where: The Hilton Albany 40 Lodge St. Albany, NY (one block down the hill from the Capitol building,
on State Street)
For a Shuttle in the Albany/Capital District region contact Susan Weber at email@example.com
or at 518-462-3247
SIGN UP FOR BUSES HERE:
As always, please email me with any questions, comments, concerns, etc.!
“We Are Seneca Lake” calls on you once again to gather in support of our on-going campaign of civil disobedience. Since 10/24/14, there have been 83 arrests in protest against Crestwood’s dangerous gas storage expansion plan in the abandoned salt caverns along the edge of Seneca Lake.
WHEN: This Wednesday, December 3
WHAT: 6:00-7:00 pm Rally & Press Conference in front of the Courthouse
7:00-8:00 pm Court Arraignments for 21 Seneca Lake Defenders. Incarcerations are expected.
WHERE: Reading Center Town Court
3914 County Rd 28
Reading Center, NY 14876
(about 5 minutes north of Watkins Glen)
–Wear blue in solidarity. Bring signs, banners and musical instruments
–Dress warmly. Space inside the court room is very limited and you will probably not get in, as priority is given to the arrestees, attorneys and the press. Please be ready to stand out in the cold for awhile and show rousing support.
— As the number of arrests climb, so does the need for funds to pay fines and provide jail support. Cash donations, large and small, will be gratefully accepted at the event, or you can donate at http://www.wearesenecalake.com.
The Renovus Energy team came up with a great idea to help our cause: “We Are Seneca Lake” T-shirts! They are sky blue with black lettering, all in size extra large to fit over warm coats. 100% cotton. Suggested donation $15. 100% of your donation will go toward paying fines. If you’d like a shirt, please bring cash to the event.
WHY: Gas stored in unlined salt caverns has a high risk of catastrophic failure (> 40% risk of disaster within 25 years). Moreover, the volume of gas to be stored in this area will be unprecedented. The proposed LPG storage facility alone will be the largest in the Northeast and one of the largest in the US. The current natural gas expansion project would increase the methane inside the caverns from 1.5 billion cubic feet to 2 billion cubic feet with future plans, according to Crestwood’s website, to expand up to 10 billion—a seven-fold increase. No environmental assessment has considered the cumulative hazards of LPG and methane stored in massive amounts in close proximity. If Crestwood’s plans are realized, LPG and methane will be stored in caverns less than a quarter mile apart from each other.
More info on “Crestwood’s Plans” at http://www.wearesenecalake.com .
Schedule and Registration is OPEN!!! Visit ; www.stopfrackgasdamageny.org
Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming together to protect communities
Although New York’s highest court has upheld a town’s right to prohibit fracking within its borders, the fracking threats still loom — regardless of whether a community has enacted a ban or moratorium on this activity.
All communities, with bans or otherwise, will feel the impact of fracking-related activities nearby. Air and water pollution know no jurisdictional boundaries, and the build-up of natural gas infrastructure (i.e., pipelines, compressor stations, storage facilities, and export terminals) will create hazards across municipal, county, and state lines.
The Coalition to Protect Communities from Fracking’s Collateral Damage is organizing a one-day action-oriented conference from 9-5 on November 15, 2014 at Ithaca College to help educate and inspire local officials and citizens about actions they can take to prevent collateral damage resulting from fracking.
- Waste disposal ? wastewater disposal, landfills, brine spreading on roads
- Infrastructure for transporting and storing gas ? pipelines, compressor stations, export facilities, underground storage, CNG facilities
- Air pollution ? methane, ozone, and other toxic substances
Panels of lawyers, municipal officials and citizens will address:
— Strategies used by NYS municipalities and citizens
— Controls available to NYS municipalities (counties/towns/villages/cities)
— Networking and action planning.
Opening speaker: David Slottje, Esq, Community Environmental Defense Council
The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes
Concerned Health Professionals of NY
Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition
Elected Officials to Protect NY
Food & Water Watch
Gas Free Seneca
Ithaca College Department of Environmental Sciences
New Yorkers Against Fracking
Ratepayer and Community Intervenors
Sane Energy Project
Stop the Pipeline
Tompkins County Council of Governments
COST : A $15 registration fee (scholarships available) will help cover costs including breakfast, breaks, lunch, and materials.
The WE ARE SENECA LAKE rally and protest
Who: The great people of the Finger Lakes
What: Rally and protest at the gates of the Crestwood compressor station site on Seneca Lake
When: Friday morning, 9:00 AM, October 24, 2014, rain or shine
Where: Meet at the east end of the Walmart parking lot (back left corner of the lot) in Watkins Glen at 9 am. Shuttle service to the site will be provided.
What to wear: The color blue.
Why: The Texas-based energy corporation, Crestwood Midstream, has approval to move forward with plans to store highly pressurized, explosive gas in abandoned salt caverns on the west side of Seneca Lake. While the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has temporarily halted plans to stockpile propane and butane (LPG) in the caverns—out of ongoing concerns for safety, health, and the environment—Crestwood is actively constructing infrastructure for the storage of two billion cubic feet of methane (natural gas), with the blessing of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
This methane expansion project is advancing in the face of unparalleled public opposition and unresolved questions about geological instabilities, fault lines, and possible salinization of the lake, which serves as a source of drinking water for 100,000 people.
And yet, outrageously, Governor Cuomo’s DEC excised references to the risks of underground gas storage from a 2011 federal report on methane contamination of drinking water and has allowed key data to remain hidden.
On-site construction of the massive underground gas storage depot on the banks of Seneca Lake is scheduled to begin on Friday. Please come and show your opposition. Our message:
Seneca Lake is not a gas station for fracking operations. Seneca Lake is our home. Seneca Lake is our water. Seneca Lake brings tourists to our shores and grows wine grapes on our hills. Crestwood, go home! We are Seneca Lake.
To learn more about non-violent civil disobedience, please attend a gathering on Wednesday night, Oct. 22, 6 – 8 pm at the Perry City Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, 6324 Route 227 in Perry City, Town of Hector (directions: Google Maps)
The Pledge to Protect Seneca Lake is here. It is now active and still accepting signers.