Thank you for reading this blog this year. You may have noticed we have a new look here at Shaleshock.org – we’ve changed the site to reflect the diversity of Working Groups that are all part of this movement. Please explore the new site, and consider reaching out to a working group to get involved.
I want to share a beautiful letter and song written by my friend and colleague Travis Knapp (below). I hope will inspire you as much as it has inspired me.
Greetings to all! I sincerely hope this finds you well, during a period of both reflection and envisioning.
I’ve attached a song I just recorded called “The Water.” Listen to it if you have a moment
Download / Play “The Water” (MP3)
Only a few days left here to gather your thoughts for a letter to the DEC …. Get some more folks signed onto that petition. Let us not underestimate the importance of unifying our minds and hearts. And most importantly, keep working at your amazing projects that are the positive creativity we all long for, thrive on, and need. It is these very projects – which invigorate our communities, regenerate our land, and ground our spirits – that make this place worth standing up for.
Here’s to a coming year full of great clarity,
Cornell alum Michelle Bamberger has written a Coalition letter to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, Peter Meinig. She writes, “This might really help get the word out, and would help make more people aware of the drilling issues we face in our part of the state.” Read her letter, and sign on in solidarity!
Letter to Peter Meinig
How to sign on to Meinig letter
Early this year Bo Lindsay made this useful PDF file enabling others to stay informed on the DEC’s status of pending gas well applications in NYS. Unlike PA, NYS has no single URL that displays this data. Without these instructions there is no other way to access and to stay informed on status of individual gas wells. An example of the DEC data is shown at the top of the PDF.
The file has just been revised to include a live clickable link to the DEC’s site to avoid manually typing the long URL. Thanks to Bo for this useful tool.
NYS gas well permit applications (PDF)
Congressman Hinchey and Congressman Arcuri need to be STRONGLY URGED to take a leadership role in helping to protect the safety and welfare of their constituents.
They should follow the lead of Congressman Eric Massa, New York City Council Member James Gennaro and State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and sign the letter to withdraw the dSGEIS. Our elected representatives need to speak for the people– the majority of us New York State voters have ABSOLUTELY NO VOICE as to the industrialization of NYS to unconventional gas drilling.
Continue reading TAKE ACTION NOW: Email and call Congressman Hinchey and Congressman Arcuri to ask that they protect our safety
Announcing the next Shaleshock Meeting.
Orientation at 5:00pm (learn more about the Shaleshock Movement, and getting involved)
Meeting at 6:00pm (updates & announcements, strategy breakout sessions)
Shaleshock Office & Worker’s Center
(above Autumn Leaves Used Books)
115 E. Martin Luther King St. Ithaca, NY 14850
Last minute petition signing, and phone calls in response to the closing deadline for the SGEIS. Bring some festive treats to share if you can. Let’s do all we can before the 31st!
December 28th, Monday, at 6pm at the Shaleshock Outreach Working Group Office:
115 E. MLK st. Ithaca, NY 14850
more info: contact Ryan – clover56(at)riseup.net
Check out this update on Walter Hang’s petition in Krisy Gashler’s 6,000 sign petition asking DEC to strengthen natural gas-drilling regulations, for the Binghamton PressSun Bulletin:
An Ithaca environmental activist and 6,000 other individuals and organizations asked the governor Tuesday to withdraw the state’s newly drafted regulations on natural gas drilling, saying the state’s entire regulatory framework needs to be strengthened before more drilling occurs.
Walter Hang, president of Toxics Targeting, is the activist who last month publicized 270 spill reports from the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s own database, documenting well contamination and other environmental pollution related to the conventional, vertical gas drilling that has gone on in New York State for decades.
“DEC’s own data document systematic, on-going failures to prevent oil and gas drilling pollution impacts or to clean them up. It is imperative that DEC resolve those regulatory shortcomings prior to issuing new drilling permits,” the petition states.
Signatories include state Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, U.S. Congressman Eric Massa, the National Resources Defense Council, Common Cause, Earthjustice, Earthworks, and the New York State Public Interest Research Group.
The Ithaca Town Board also voted unanimously Monday night to urge the governor to withdraw the regulations. (Read more)
Click here to sign the coalition letter and click here for two other urgent petitions.