The free panel presentation, “Gas Drilling: Legal Issues For Land Owners” held on Thursday, Oct. 29, 7:00-9:30 pm at the Cornell Vet School is now available on the ccetompkins.org website in 2 installments:
1 hour 43 minutes – Panel Presentation
1 hour 16 minutes – Questions & Answers
The event included presentations by legal experts on the terminology and issues surrounding natural gas leases, and was followed by an opportunity to ask questions. Topics included general lease terminology, force majeure lease extensions, compulsory integration (the legal extraction of gas from under unleased land), liability issues, and the protection of rights and property. it was sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension South Central NY Agriculture Team, with Shaleshock Citizens Action Coalition, the Community Science Institute, Finger Lakes Bioneers, Interfaith Action for Healing Earth, NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Sustainable Tompkins, and the Tompkins County Farm Bureau.
Have you attended the meetings and gotten all your friends and family and coworkers to sign the coalition letter? Itching for something more you can do? Judy Hyman and Mike Levy are hosting a small brainstorming session on Tuesday night to help empower people to push our movement even further. The way we see it, there must be people just like us all over the area: people sick about the current threats to our water, our community and our way of life—and ready to act.
The plan is to enumerate a handful of strategies to help get the word out and get publicity so that we can put pressure on the governor. Then we’ll break up into small groups to come up with action steps and create independent groups to achieve each goal.
This in no way should stop anyone from continuing to get the coalition letter signed. But once that’s done, what’s next?
Where: Autumn Leaves Used Books (upstairs meeting space), 115 The Commons, Ithaca, NY
When: Tuesday, Dec 1 (7:00-9:00)
Some sample ideas include:
• craft letters that individuals can send to officials
• get our voices on national and local radio
• compile a list of state officials to send comments to
• Produce several more screenings of Split Estate and Rural Impacts
• Outreach to other towns and cities in NY that are affected
• Reach out to other groups around NYS