Shaleshock is having a meeting July 15th! We will discuss ongoing projects, campaigns, logistics, and how we can all support eachother in building a movement to defend our land and water.
6:00 – 8:30pm
At the new Shaleshock Office! 115 E. MLK st (above autumn leaves on the commons) in Ithaca, NY 14580
Snacks will be provided.
Please contact me if you have special needs, or requests.
Thanks, See you there!
June 24, 2009
by Stacey Shackford | Visit article original and comment @ ithacajournal.com and presswconnects.com
Contamination of drinking water feared
The woman who has helped the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency review and monitor state oil and gas drilling policies warned that New York is seriously lacking oversight and is long overdue an assessment.
Speaking Tuesday at the Museum of the Earth, with the skeleton of giant prehistoric creature looming above her head, Wilma Subra said now is the time for the state to take a hard look at its current and future drilling policies, with the specter of large-scale hydrofracking of natural gas reserves in the Marcellus Shale looming over its head. Continue reading Activist: Drilling in N.Y. needs scrutiny
Press Release, June 22, 2009
Contact: Barbara Lifton, District Office
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-Ithaca) has announced the Assembly today passed her legislative resolution memorializing Congress to enact H.R. 2766, repealing the 2005 exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act. Lifton said the drilling exemption removes hydraulic fracturing and the chemicals it uses from any federal regulations or oversight. Continue reading Lifton leads Assembly in urging Congress to close drilling loophole
See more videos from the June 15, 2009 Forum at Broome Community College, called “Gas Drilling: Stories From the Front Line.”
Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling near Hickory, Pa: “The more you learn about hydraulic fracturing in the states ahead of us in these fast moving gas ventures, the more concern you have for our local environment.” (Read more and see photos)
An upcoming event that you may like to attend and speak up at: The Tompkins County Workforce Investment Board and Cornell Cooperative Extension are holding a meeting on June 24 from 10:30-12:30 in Room 140 at Cornell’s East Hill Office Building. The purpose of the meeting is to explore workforce development opportunities related to the various phases of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. This will also entail looking at workforce development resources and connections among various educational institutions. They have invited representatives from Penn College of Technology to give an overview of their approach to this.
East Hill Office Building Directions
Please RSVP by June 15 to Julia Mattick at email@example.com or Rod Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action recommendations from Don Barber, Chair Tompkins County Council of Governments, Supervisor Town of Caroline:
June 15, 2009 7 PM
Broome Community College
Natural Gas Drilling and Local Government Responsibility to Protect the Health, Safety, and Well Being of its Citizens
In general local governments need to find ways to insert themselves into a process that the State has written us out of.
Potential action steps:
- Develop overweight vehicle permits and driveway permits to protect your roads and create direct contact/negotiations with the drilling firm.
- Identify and legislate critical environmental areas (CEA) within your municipality. DEC must then perform site specific SEQR review for permit applications which affect these CEA’s
- Contact every State Legislator, Governor Paterson and his Deputy Secretary for the Environment, and the DEC Commissioner that we need:
- Notification of permit applications and permits issued;
- Emergency Services need contact info, hazardous material info, gas fire training;
- Fuel production tax or Severance tax to create proper revenues to local governments – tax revenue to support DEC oversight program
- Contact State Legislators requesting that ECL Section 23-0303 be amended so that local governments become involved agencies for SEQR review. And to support S8748 Natural Gas Drilling Prohibition Near Watershed
- Contact your Congressperson and US Senator to support HR 2766 Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009.
Chair Tompkins County Council of Governments, Supervisor Town of Caroline, 607-539-3395, email@example.com
Pete Grannis, DEC Commissioner
625 Broadway, 14th floor
Albany, NY 12233
Judith Enck, Deputy Sec. for the Environment
State Capital Executive Chambers
Albany, NY 12224
Governor David A. Paterson
Albany, NY 12224
There was a special TCCOG meeting held at the Ithaca Town Hall on March 30th by Municipal and Environmental Attorney Kimberlea Rea. The white paper for her talk is available by following the gas drilling link on the TCCOG website:
A video of the meeting can be found at http://tompco.net/tccog/gas.html