The first ever regional Bioneers Conference offers several opportunities to learn about natural gas drilling and its impact (and potential future impacts) on our region.
Friday the 16th Dave Cooper will speak about the Mountain Justice Movement, and Karryn Olson-Ramanujan of the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute will speak on Changing Our Minds: Thinking Skills for a Regenerative Future
Saturday the 17th Shaleshock and Mountain Justice will come together to talk about “Shaleshock and Mountain Justice: Sharing Strategies to Strengthen a Movement”
Sunday the 18th be inspired by Dorothy Cotton in her keynote address “What the Civil Rights Movement can Teach the Sustainability Movement”
There will be many other amazing workshops on topics from Clean Energy Policy, to Green Jobs, to Single Payer Healthcare, as well as opportunities for nature walks, yoga, and even a poetry slam. Find out more »
Read Ithaca gears up for gas drilling by Krisy Gashler:
The Tompkins County Council of Governments — a group of leaders of every municipality in the county — has recommended that municipalities compile lists of resources like prime agricultural lands, unique natural areas, and waterways. The idea is for municipalities to send their lists to the DEC and ask to become “involved agencies” when the DEC is considering specific gas drilling permits.
“Becoming an involved agency would require the DEC to notify townships of potential drilling activity in advance, which is not the current situation, and would allow them to perform their own environmental assessments,” a council of governments documents states. “It is critical for towns to inventory natural resources and submit this information to the DEC once the new draft Environmental Impact Statement is released, meaning there is little time to collect this information.” (Read more)
Read Tom Wilbur’s Marcellus Shale: A tale of two cities:
Nearly two years after drilling began in Dimock, residents, rich and poor, have learned to live with the routine din and clamor of drilling rigs and traffic.
As more wells come on line, royalty payments flow in as gas flows out. Some have made millions, while others have made just enough to disqualify them from food stamps… “All we want is a decent place to live and decent water,” said Fiorentino, whose royalty payments have averaged less than $300 a month. “Why do some people get water and compensation, and others don’t?” (Read more)
Come see Split Estate in Elmira Heights:
WHEN: Tuesday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m. & Saturday, October 3rd at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Heights Theater, 210 East 14th Street, Elmira Heights, NY 14903
DETAILS: Screening of the 2009 Award-winning film Split Estate, 76 minutes
Screening and discussion of Split Estate, documentary exploring the damage done to human and animal health, water supply, air quality, property, soil and local economies when high-pressure, horizontal hydraulic fracturing is used to extract gas from shale located deep within the earth. Click here to watch the trailer.
FREE! ALL ARE WELCOME!
These film screenings are brought to you by Red Rock Pictures and Producer Debra Anderson www.splitestate.com and co-sponsored by Bath Peace and Justice Group; Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition; Committee to Protect the Finger Lakes; Concerned Citizens of Ulysses; Finger Lakes Progressives; League of Women Voters of Steuben County; Pax Christi Elmira; Pax Christi Upstate New York; Peaceful Gatherings; Shaleshock; Steuben Greens and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Big Flats
Sudden death of ecosystem ravages long creek by Don Hopey, for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Environmental agencies are treating the creek as a crime scene. Longtime environmental and fisheries officials say the fish kill, which preliminary counts have put at more than 10,000, is one of the worst they’ve seen… state and federal investigators are confounded because chemical analysis shows the creek water at the treatment facility site contains extremely high total dissolved solids, or TDS, and chlorides — properties found in wastewater from Marcellus Shale gas well drilling operations but not mine water. (Read more)