Sunday, January 29 (4-8 pm)
The Rongovian Embassy
One Main St, Trumansburg, NY 14886
It’s a “FUN RAISER!” Music by the Yardvarks & Funky Frack-Free Radicals (Harry Aceto & Friends), guest speakers, appetizers, cash bar. Mingle & dance… Bring your friends and stay for dinner! ALL ARE WELCOME, no matter where you live. By supporting this cause, you’re supporting ALL NY towns.
It’s a FUND RAISER, too! In September 2011, Anschutz Gas Co. from CO sued the Town of Dryden, NY. The case is pending, but whoever loses it will appeal, and it probably won’t be resolved for a year. Since that decision will impact all NY towns, the Town of Ulysses is leading a coalition of municipalities to shore it up. They’ve agreed to participate in an Amicus (“friend of the court”) Brief. This legal action supports the notion that NY towns, by exercising their right of “Home Rule,” CAN indeed ban fracking and other heavy industrial activities by enforcing local zoning laws.
As Ken Zeserson, one of the organizers, said, contributing to this legal work “simultaneously assists our compatriots in other towns, and, at the same time, strengthens the likelihood our Ulysses’ law will prevail if a suit is brought against our town.”
EVENT ORGANIZERS: Coalition volunteers of Concerned Citizens of Ulysses and Back To Democracy. http://www.ccofulysses.org ; http://www.backtodemocracy.org :
Judy Abrams, Michelle Bamberger, Michael Dineen, Anne Furman, Robert Oswald, Jane Penrose, Jan Quarles, Ken Zeserson.
EMAIL CONTACT: email@example.com
DONATE: If you can’t attend, but would like to support the right of NY towns to ban fracking, please send a check payable to “Town of Ulysses,” noting “CCU” in the check memo. The mailing address is: Town of Ulysses, 10 Elm St, Trumansburg, NY, 14886. All donations will be much appreciated.
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Please share this invitation widely. It’s a tough battle, but we can win it if we stick together and each do our part. Hope to see you there!
Shale Promises? or Shale Spin?The Economics Behind Hydrofracking.
A lecture by economist Deborah Rogers
Deborah Rogers, on a speaking tour in central NY, will be at the First Unitarian church of Ithaca (corner of Aurora and Buffalo Streets) at 7 pm on Friday, January 20.Her talk will examine aspects of the push for shale gas extraction that have not been widely discussed publicly in this area.All are welcome.
Ms Rogers began her financial career in London working in corporate finance and later served as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney.She then started an artisanal cheese making operation in Texas and became interested in natural gas when an energy company planned 12 high impact wells next to her dairy property.After exhaustive research, she began speaking out in 2009 about anomalies she had identified in the shale gas industry, including false expectations of the yields and profitabi
lity of many shale gas plays and over-hyping of investments therein.Ms Rogers is the founder of the Energy Policy Forum, a prominent web site and blog for discussion on these and related matters.She was featured in a lengthy NY Times article by Ian Urbina on June 26, 2011 entitled Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush.
This meeting is sponsored by Shaleshock Action Alliance, the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC), the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca,Enfield Neighbors for Safe Air and Water (ENSAW), and the Tompkins County League of Women Voters.
“The Future of Ithaca’s Drinking Water: The State of Sixmile Creek”
Date: January 11th, 2012
Location: Borg Warner Room, Tompkins County Library, Green St., Ithaca NY
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Learn about the new drinking water plant, the success of stream restoration projects and what volunteer monitors are discovering about the health of Sixmile Creek. Find out how you can be a part of it all.
Volunteer Creek Monitors and scientists from the Community Science Institute’s certified lab will present their findings on the state of Sixmile Creek at the Tompkins County Library on January 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. They’ll be covering such questions as: “Does the stream support fish?” “Why is Sixmile Creek so muddy?” and “How much does Sixmile Creek contribute to the phosphorus problem in Cayuga Lake?”
Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District will share successes of recent restoration efforts affecting both agricultural and developed areas of the watershed. Sixmile Creek also serves as the drinking water source
for the City of Ithaca. The treatment facility will be rebuilt in the next few years, with work in the watershed updating the reservoir and collection system. Representatives from the City will be on hand to provide updates.
The Sixmile Creek Volunteer Monitors have been partnering with the Community Science Institute’s certified lab since September, 2004, to sample the stream at 14 locations several times a year from the headwaters in State
Forests to Plain St. in downtown Ithaca. Results of analyses for bacteria, nutrients and sediment, are reported on the CSI website at www.communityscience.org.
The CSI-volunteer monitoring partnership provides citizens a way to actively engage in science and contribute to the management of our local resources, a project supported by several municipalities and Tompkins County as well as the Tompkins County Soil and Water Conservation District. For further information about volunteering to monitor the water quality of Sixmile Creek, contact Dan Karig at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 607-277-3380.
NOTE: Under CSI leadership, volunteer groups monitor several other creeks in the Cayuga Lake Watershed, and in the uppermost Susquehanna Basin headwaters creeks. Find these creeks and data at www.communityscience.org
SOS from the Southern Tier
Hop on the Bus to Fight Hydrofracking
Rally against hydrofracking before Governor Cuomo’s
“State of the State” address
RIDE THE BUS TO THE STATE CAPITOL IN ALBANY
Join Hundreds of Citizens Requesting That Governor Cuomo Immediately Withdraw the Revised Draft SGEIS Due to at Least 17 Major Flaws.
THIS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 4th
NYRAD is organizing a bus trip from Ithaca and Binghamton to Albany for the rally
THIS IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT RALLY TO DATE
CONTACT ELAINE PERKUS 607-725-7785 $10 PER PERSON
DEPARTING FROM ITHACA WEGMANS, 500 S. Meadow Street, Ithaca PARKING LOT 6:00 AM
PICK UP IN BINGHAMTON 7:15 AM AT CRACKER BARREL PARKING LOT 876 Upper Front Street, Binghamton
PLEASE PARK AWAY FROM THE STORES IN THESE LOTS
BRING: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
LEAVE ALBANY AROUND 4 PM THIS IS IT – NOW IS OUR TIME!
Albany Rally & Lobby Day Jan 23rd.
Join Shaleshock and other groups for a rally & lobby day in Albany January 23rd. Let’s show Gov. Cuomo just how much we want to protect our water, air and children and how we feel about fracking. Rally begins at 11am. Keep reading for bus info & more…
To lobby, please register at the link above.
Shaleshock has reserved a bus from Ithaca. It will leave at 6:30 am behind the Ramada Inn on Triphammer Road. There will be another pick-up in Whitney Point for anyone who wants to meet us there. Arrival in Albany should be about 10:15. The bus will depart from Albany at 4:30pm, arrival in Ithaca by 8:15pm.
Tickets are $30/seat, or whatever you can afford. And for anyone who would like to make a donation to help cover the cost ($1500), we’d sincerely appreciate your help.
Make your reservation by sending an e-mail note and a check made out to “Shaleshock” to Sara Hess, 124 Westfield Drive, Ithaca, 14850 before January 19. Please include your e-mail address and phone number.
For reserving a seat or for questions, please contact Sara at email@example.com or Irene Weiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sara Hess and Irene Weiser
Fracking Day of Action endorsing organizations include Adirondack Mountain Club, Advocates for Cherry Valley, Back to Democracy, Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizen Action of New York, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes, Concerned Citizens of Tioga County, Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Delaware Action Group, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition, EARTHWORKS Oil & Gas Accountability Project, Environmental Advocates of New York, Environment New York, Food & Water Watch, Frack Action, Friends of Vestal, Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County, Gray Panthers, NYC Network, Highland Concerned Citizens, Keep Cochecton Green, Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking, Landowners Against Natural-gas Drilling, Lumberland Concerned Citizens, NOFA-NY, New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, NYH20, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, New York Residents Against Drilling, New Yorkers for Sustainable Energy Solutions, Otisco Lake Preservation Association, Otsego County Conservation Association, People for a Healthy Environment, Riverkeeper, Schoharie Valley Watch, Shaleshock Action Alliance, ShaleshockCNY, Sierra Club – Atlantic Chapter, Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development (SACRED), Sustainable Otsego, Sustainable Tioga, Three Parks Independent Democrats, Tusten Concerned Citizens, and United for Action.
DEC Extends Fracking Comment Period
New Yorkers have an additional thirty days
to prepare comments on high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. At the outset of today’s DEC hearing in New York City – the fourth and final public hearing – a DEC spokesperson announced that the deadline for public comment has been extended an additional month, until January 11. The decision came in response to numerous requests from environmental groups and others who wanted more time to sort through the humongous 1500-page environmental impact study and the proposed rules.
By mail to Attn: dSGEIS Comments; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; 625 Broadway; Albany, NY 12233-6510