NYS Senators: Bring bill A07400 to suspend hydraulic fracturing for vote.
Bill A07400 proposed by Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, Chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, calls to suspend hydraulic fracturing in New York State. It passed in the Assembly, however the Senate has not yet acted on this legislation. We are opposed to hydrofracking due to long term irreversible adverse environmental and health impacts, and are asking our Senate leaders to take a stand and oppose permitting until more studies are completed.
To be delivered to: The New York State Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo
“We are citizens of NYS who oppose high volume horizontal hydrofracking. We request our Senate leaders act urgently to support Bill A07400 to suspend hydrofracking and bring this bill to the floor for vote.” SIGN HERE:
What Are the Risks?
Friday, October 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Newfield Fire Hall, 77 Main st.
A Newfield Community conversation sponsored by PAUSE (People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy). Free and open to the public.
Dr. Steve Penningroth, Executive Director, Community Science Institute, will speak about “Monitoring Water for Gas Well Impacts”.
Craig Schutt, Conservation District Manager, Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District, will discuss “Effects on the Rural Landscape”.
Topics covered will include: What are aquifers? Is there a potential for contamination from hydraulic fracturing? How can we best safeguard our water supplies and rural landscape?
Questions and answers and discussion will follow the presentations.
Drilling and the DEC: Responding to Economic Impacts
Saturday, October 15, 2011
1:00 – 3:30 p.m., Women’s Community Building
100 W. Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY
Grassroots activists, experts, and local officials concerned about protecting our local agriculture and tourism economies, community character, roads and infrastructure, will offer information on the revised Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS). Speakers will address the portion of proposed drilling guidelines that intends to mitigate adverse social and economic impacts such as truck traffic, threats to food crops, and demand on local services.
Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature
Ed Marx, Tompkins County Commissioner of Planning and Community Sustainability
Jannette Barth, Ph.D., Economist, Pepacton Institute
Barbara Lifton, NY State Assemblywoman for Tompkins and Cortland Counties
James (Chip) Northrup, Partner and investor in oil and gas projects, served on Governor of Texas’ Energy Advisory Council
The NY DEC hired a consulting firm, Ecology and Environment, to assist in analyzing social and economic impacts. Join us for this event to learn what’s better about the new sGEIS, what concerns remain, and what are some recommendations for the DEC.
Attendees will be encouraged to submit comments on the newly revised SGEIS to the DEC. Instruction on how to use online formatting and informational links will be provided and made available afterwards.
This event will be videotaped and available through the internet at www.shaleshockmedia.org
several days following the meeting.
The forum is sponsored by numerous local organizations including:
Shaleshock Action Alliance * ROUSE (Residents Opposing Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction) * DRAC (Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition) * Cayuga Lake Watershed Network * ENSAW (Enfield Neighbors for Safe Air and Water) * NYRAD * Groton Resource Awareness Coalition * Sustainable Tompkins * Committee on Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation, Ithaca First Presbyterian Church * Concerned Citizens of Ulysses * FLEASED * Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation * GDACC (Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County) * People for a Healthy Environment * Back to Democracy * Danby Gas Drilling Task Force * Shaleshock of Central NY * Social Justice Council of the Ithaca Unitarian Church * Newfield PAUSE, People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy * League of Women Voters of Tompkins County
Frack You! by Laura Cunningham
performed by S.T.A.R (Southern Tier Actors Read)
From the playwright: Our community is currently struggling with one of the most compelling issues we have ever faced. Very important decisions need to be made about how to handle issues related to the Marcellus Shale deposit located in our region. A huge barrier to decision-making is that the natural gas is extracted by fracking, a controversial method that has so highly polarized our community that meaningful debate has broken down.
“FRACK YOU!” was written to overcome these barriers. It acts as an icebreaker that generates laughter and provides a common ground for people to start a dialogue about fracking that moves beyond “talking points” and increases community awareness of the topic. It frames a controversial issue around personal narratives, humanizing an abstract debate without “taking sides”.
The one-act play is set in a bar located at “ground zero” for Marcellus Shale drilling. It has six characters: Nozmo, the bartender, who wants his land fracked for big bucks; Charlie, a NYC native who recently purchased land in the country to escape city life; Frick and Frack, welders for Henley Drilling, who are just happy to have jobs and each other; Molly, an environmentalist; and Joe, Molly’s boyfriend, who may be getting fracked on the side.
Tickets are $11 in advance or $15 at the door.
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A Conversation with Bradford County Landowner Ruth Tonachel
Danby Town Hall, 1830 Danby Rd
Ruth, a 6th generation resident of Towanda, will talk about the ways in which the arrival of the shale gas extraction industry in Bradford County has changed daily life for her family and neighbors and about how it has affected their sense of place. Ruth will share both stories and photos, including images of her farm which has been in her family since 1790. Of special interest is the fact that Ruth co-owns and manages one of the largest remaining tracts of unleased land in Bradford County. Find out what has influenced her decision not to lease and what might change it in the future. Ruth also manages several rental properties and will touch on the issue of skyrocketing rents in Bradford County. After the presentation, there will be ample time for questions and conversation with Ruth.
Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Danby Gas Drilling Task Force.
Ruth Tonachel has a Masters in American Studies from the U. of Alabama. A 6th generation resident of Towanda, PA, she has worked in folklore, journalism and agriculture for over 30 years and now finds her life – personal and professional – drastically altered by natural gas drilling in the northern tier of Pennsylvania. She has been involved with several sociological studies in the region and spends a lot of time observing and documenting the changing landscape and culture of her home region.??She is program consultant to the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance.
Join us to hear Mr. Ian Urbina talk about the latest developments in the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) debate and the role and responsibilities of newspaper reporting.
Environmental Social Justice/ Peace Event: (Student and public attendees)
HELEN CALDICOTT TO SPEAK IN OUR REGION ABOUT THE ONGOING JAPANESE NUCLEAR CRISIS.
While living in the United States from 1977 to 1986, Helen co-founded the Physicians for Social Responsibility.
6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Diane D’Arrigo Radioactive Waste Project Director from WWW.NIRS.ORG will speak of nuclear activities in New York and connections to international issues which Helen will address.
(Environmental social justice and peace organizations have information tables/ booths available to reserve)
7:00 pm Keynote speaker Helen Caldicott
She will speak about Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster and other topics in her books: Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer, If You Love This Planet and A Desperate Passion. Helen will also address exposure concerns regarding radium 226 from Marcellus shale during the extraction process.
James Waylen music Center (Hocket recital hall) 6 pm Environmental groups information booths and music.
Helen Caldicott keynote speech presentation 7 pm.
3.) Helen Caldicott at Cornell University Oct 12th
12pm NOON at the One World Room of Anabel Taylor Hall (corner of College Ave and University)
The talk on Wednesday is sponsored by The Center for Transformative Action and various local faith-based groups, including the Peace Witness, Social Justice and Earthcare Committees of Ithaca Monthly Meeting (Quakers) and the Ithaca-area group, Interfaith Action for Healing Earth.
4.) Hobart William Smith College Geneva NY Oct 12th
6 pm Environmental groups information groups and music. Helen Caldicott keynote speech presentation 7 pm.
6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Diane D’Arrigo Radioactive Waste Project Director from WWW.NIRS.ORG will speak of nuclear activities in New York and connections to international issues which Helen will address
7:00 pm KEYNOTE PRESENTATION BY HELEN CALDICOTT
Sneak partial content preview on You Tube:
Dr Helen Caldicott – Fukushima Nuclear Disaster- You won’t hear this on the Main Stream News“.
(Environmental and social justice peace group organizations are invited to table for free at all venues.)
Please consider organizing car pools/ buses to transport attendees to the venue closest to your community. (There are the only 3 presentations scheduled for New York State before Helen travels back to Australia.)
If any groups or individuals would like donate for the cost of outreach and advertising for these non-profit educational events, or to reserve a table please contact : James Little “Organizer for Helen Caldicott’s New York’s fall tour”
1103 Broad St.
Endicott, NY 13760
Member of Western Broome Environmental Stakeholder Coalition:
HOW NEW YORKERS FEEL ABOUT NUCLEAR POWER, HYDROFRACKING
Please forward and share with members, listservs, media, other social media networking sites and post this event on your organizational web site..
If your group cannot attend: Please feel free to send educational pamplets/ brochures and we can make them available at a booth/table for (Students and public)
Send materials to:
1103 Broad St.
Endicott, NY 13760
The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last 38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, Dr Caldicott received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1961. She founded the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1975 and subsequently was an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and on the staff of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Boston, Mass., until 1980 when she resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war.
In 1971, Dr Caldicott played a major role in Australia’s opposition to French atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific; in 1975 she worked with the Australian trade unions to educate their members about the medical dangers of the nuclear fuel cycle, with particular reference to uranium mining.
While living in the United States from 1977 to 1986, she co-founded the Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war. On trips abroad she helped start similar medical organizations in many other countries. The international umbrella group (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. She also founded the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) in the US in 1980.
Returning to Australia in 1987, Dr Caldicott ran for Federal Parliament as an independent. Defeating Charles Blunt, leader of the National Party, through preferential voting she ultimately lost the election by 600 votes out of 70,000 cast.
She moved back to the United States in 1995, lecturing at the New School for Social Research on the Media, Global Politics and the Environment, hosting a weekly radio talk show on WBAI (Pacifica), and becoming the Founding President of the STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation.
Dr Caldicott has received many prizes and awards for her work, including the Lannan Foundation’s 2003 Prize for Cultural Freedom and 21 honorary doctoral degrees, and she was personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling – himself a Nobel Laureate. The Smithsonian has named Dr Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. She has written for numerous publications and has authored seven books, Nuclear Madness, Missile Envy, If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth (1992, W.W. Norton) and A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography (1996, W.W. Norton; published as A Passionate Life in Australia by Random House), The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush’s Military Industrial Complex (2001, The New Press in the US, UK and UK; Scribe Publishing in Australia and New Zealand; Lemniscaat Publishers in The Netherlands; and Hugendubel Verlag in Germany), Nuclear Power is Not the Answer (2006, The New Press in the US, UK and UK; Melbourne University Press in Australia) and War In Heaven (March 2007). Dr. Caldicott’s most recent book is the revised and updated If You Love This Planet (March 2009).
She also has been the subject of several films, including Eight Minutes to Midnight, nominated for an Academy Award in 1981, If You Love This Planet, which won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1982, and Helen’s War: portrait of a dissident, recipient of the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Direction (Documentary) 2004, and the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Award for Best Documentary in 2004.
Dr Caldicott currently divides her time between Australia and the US where she lectures widely. She founded the US-based Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI), which evolved into Beyond Nuclear. Currently, Dr Caldicott is President of The Helen Caldicott Foundation/NuclearFreePlanet.org, an educational outreach project that informs people of the dangers of nuclear power and weapons. The mission of the Foundation is education to action, and the promotion of a nuclear energy and weapons free, renewable energy powered, world.
Dr Caldicott can be heard discussing urgent planetary survival issues on her weekly radio show If You Love This Planet, and is the Founder and Spokesperson for People for a Nuclear-Free Australia, established to represent the millions of Australians who uphold the strong belief that there should be no uranium mining, nuclear power plants or foreign nuclear waste in Australia.
Dr Caldicott is also a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board advising José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain.
Click here for Dr. Caldicott’s complete curriculum vitae
Diane D’Arrigo is the Radioactive Waste Project Director for Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) and a member of the national Sierra Club Nuclear Issues Activist Team. She has a degree in chemistry and environmental studies from William Smith College and work experience in industrial and academic analytical chemistry and biological research.
Ms. D’Arrigo began researching and tracking the West Valley, NY nuclear waste site in western New York as part of the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes and is now an active part of the West Valley Action Network. She has worked at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), Citizens Alliance, Great Lakes Laboratory at Buffalo State, FMC, Ecology and Environment and for the Sierra Club Radioactive Waste Campaign. She has closely followed the problems with radioactive waste for decades, especially so-called “low-level” nuclear waste, working to stop generation of new atomic power and weapons waste, assisting communities targeted with new dumps, helping to close and prevent expansion of existing, leaking waste sites and fighting the national and international moves to deregulate nuclear waste into ordinary trash and commercial recycling.