Sixty miles west of Damascus, the town of Dimock, population 1,400, makes all too clear the dangers posed by hydraulic fracturing. You don’t need to drive around Dimock long to notice how the rolling hills and farmland of this Appalachian town are scarred by barren, square-shaped clearings, jagged, newly constructed roads with 18-wheelers driving up and down them, and colorful freight containers labeled “residual waste.” Although there is a moratorium on drilling new wells for the time being, you can still see the occasional active drill site, manned by figures in hazmat suits and surrounded by klieg lights, trailers, and pits of toxic wastewater, the derricks towering over barns, horses, and cows in their shadows.
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,
Come one, Come all: Toxics Targeting will propose a campaign to Stop Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Hazards at The Women’s Community Building, 100 West Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY.
Known oil and gas drilling hazards in New York will be presented. A coalition letter campaign will be outlined to require Governor Paterson to withdraw the Department of Environmental Conservation’s fatally-flawed draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on Gas and Oil Mining.
For more information, call 607 273 3388 or 800 286 9427.
Toxics Targeting, an environmental database firm in Ithaca, New York, has found 270 cases documenting fires, explosions, wastewater spills, well contamination and ecological damage related to gas drilling. Walter Hang, the company’s president, has said, “I believe these findings destroy the myth that the Department of Environmental Conservation’s current oil and gas regulations are adequate to safeguard the environment and public health. For that reason, I am asking Governor Paterson to withdraw the dSGEIS.”
Hang’s Coalition Letter Requesting Governor Paterson to withdraw the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) for Oil and Gas Mining is now available for all those who would like to sign on:
We, the undersigned, strongly support safeguarding the environment, public health and natural resources of the Catskills, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions that overlay the Marcellus Shale formation, potentially the largest natural gas reservoir in America. That is why we write to request you to withdraw the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement released on 9/30/09 by your Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
Click here to read the rest.
Click here to sign the letter.
Read on for a letter from Walter Hang.
Continue reading Coalition Letter Requesting Governor Paterson to withdraw the Department of Environmental Conservation's Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) for Oil and Gas Mining
November 5, 2009, 7:00 p.m.at the Unitarian Church, 306 N. Aurora St. at Buffalo St. in Ithaca. Presentations on the dSGEIS will help citizens understand the proposed regulations governing gas drilling and how to make their opinions heard.
- David Kay, of the Community and Rural Development Institute (CARDI) at Cornell, will describe the environmental review process (SEQRA) that required the DEC to issue the dSGEIS. He will also provide an overview of the 809 page document—what’s in it and where to find it.
- Ed Marx, Tompkins County Commissioner of Planning and Public Works, will focus specifically on the section that describes mitigation measures that are proposed and how local governments may be affected.
- Helen Slottje, a local attorney with an expertise in environmental law and litigation, will address deficiencies in the document and the legal implications for citizens and local governments.
A short Q&A session will follow these presentations. The public is urged to attend this session to learn about the document, its strengths and weaknesses, as well as the November 19 public hearing to submit comments to the DEC.
Come be heard and seen at the TCCOG Public Hearing on the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) that will regulate natural gas drilling in our region.
The hearing is on Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:00 p.m., at the State Theatre, 107 W. State St., Ithaca. It will be preceded by a Citizen’s Rally Against Hydro Fracking at 4.30pm on the Commons.
At the hearing, the public is invited to make verbal statements and/or submit written statements, which the TCCOG will submit to the DEC. (Visit our Take Action Now page for help.)