Binghamton, NY September 13, 2010. Mayor Matt Ryan ataks about a second offer to lease county land for drilling and horizontal drilling under the City of Binghamton; Jawbone Prickens gives away $100 Cheney notes; a woman from Afton explains her T-shirt and how gas and oil drilling have transformed Allegheny National Forest into an industrial zone; Joe Heath, general council for the Onondaga Nation and resident with a well in Cortland County discusses the dangers posed by hydro-fracking on the sole source aquifer that area residents and indeed the entire Onondaga Nation depend upon.
The EPA conducts its final public hearing on hydraulic fracturing in Binghamton September13 and 15. Rallies both for and against gas drilling were held ahead of the hearings on the 13th. Drilling opponents outnumbered pro-gas people about 2 to 1. Representatives Hinchey and Arcuri spoke (but are missed in this video) followed by filmmaker Josh Fox (Gasland), Binghamton mayor Matt Ryan, Tompkins County legislator Martha Robertson, Sullivan County legislator David Sager, Ithaca Colege biologist Sandra Steingraber, Ulster County legislator Susan_Zimet, Toxics Targetting president Walter Hang, and Dimock, Pa., residents Julie and Craig Sautner, whose well remains contaminated by gas drilling operations. Wes Gillingham of Catskill Moutainkeepers introduces the speakers.
Weston Wilson, the EPA whistle-blower featured in Josh Fox’s film “Gasland”, made a surprise visit to the Coalition to Protect New York (CPNY) summit in Binghamton, NY on June 19, 2010 and delivered the first keynote. When an EPA study concluding that hydraulic fracturing “poses little or no threat” to drinking water supplies was published in 2004, he was one of several EPA scientists who challenged the study’s methodology and questioned the impartiality of the expert panel that reviewed its findings. EPA Findings on Hydraulic Fracturing Deemed “Unsupportable”. Dick Cheney’s fingerprints were all over it. Wilson delves into the history with humor appropriate for such a deadly serious topic.
Julia Walsh, project director of the Frack Action campaign, was the final keynote speaker at the Coalition to Protect New York (CPNY) summit June 19, 2010. She spoke about the recent actions at DEC regional headquarters around the state and how now is the time for direct action. She also spoke about what is important that unites us at the deepest level. ShaleshockMedia.org for more video. CPNY website: coalition2protectny.org