Forum on the Campaign to Stop Gas Storage

Forum on the Campaign to Stop Gas Storage on Seneca Lake

March 5th from  6-8pm

at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca
306 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

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Beyond the Ban : Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake

with Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald.

VENUE CHANGE: Due to Frozen Pipes at original venue the Beyond the Ban event is now at the Sanctuary at The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora. Nothing else has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at the event.

Time and Place: Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7 – 9 pm, The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St.  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. The Bioscience Resource Project and CSI (Community Science Institute) will have information tables and Buffalo Street Books will have books for sale at this event.

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.

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.

Help us Publicize this Important event: Downloadable Event Poster.

For More Information See:

How We Banned Fracking in New York by Sandra Steingraber on EcoWatch

The Basics of Underground Natural Gas Storage (i.e. in salt caverns):

Book review of “The Real Cost of Fracking” by Allison Wilson on Independent Science News:

Risk and Responsibility: Farming, Food, and Unconventional Gas Drilling by Michelle Bamberger and Robert E. Oswald on Independent Science News.

Threats Remain After NY Bans Fracking – CSI blog post.

Concerned Health Professionals of NY webpage with downloadable copy of: Updated Compendium of Risks and Harms Of Fracking (Unconventional Gas And Oil):

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:

Direct Action
We are Seneca Lake

Gas Free Seneca:
Sane Energy Project:

The Coalition to Protect Communities from Fracking’s Collateral Damage:
River Keeper New York’s Clean Water Advocate:
Stop the Pipeline Stop the Constitution Pipeline – A major pipeline that would run through the Catskills and the Southern Tier of NY:
Stop the I-81 pipeline and compressor station(s):
Madison County Neighbors for Environmental Preservation (MCNEP):

Information is here to provide you with the most up-to-date oil and gas drilling data that we can collect, map, and share:
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:
Map of NY State shale gas infrastructure:

Shaleshock Media Archive Project

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

NYS Bans Fracking!!!

It’s been years of hard work, and while we celebrate our success, we know the fight is long from over. Gas industry infrastructure continues to be developed, waste continues to be dumped in our community’s land-fills and spread on roadways, and our societies dependence on unsustainable fossil fuels continues. Here are some articles about the historic fracking ban; enjoy!

Rally at Cuomo’s State of the State Address

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:


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


What: We Banned Fracking Celebration! Featuring food, drink, special guest speakers and music

When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 1pm-4pm

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 or at 518-462-3247


Comprehensive list of buses from across the state found at:

Reserve a Seat in Ithaca/Caroline/Whitney Point,

Or use this shortened link to share:

For general RSVP, Carpooling, Comments and To CO-SPONSOR sign up here,

As always, please email me with any questions, comments, concerns, etc.!

See you on the 21st! 

Rally & Press Conference at Reading Courthouse #wearesenecalake

“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

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 .

Conference : Collateral Damage from Fracking


Schedule and Registration is OPEN!!! Visit ;

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
Catskill Mountainkeeper
New Yorkers Against Fracking
Otsego 2000
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.