Citizens’ Community Forum on Hydro-Fracking (Media Release)
Wednesday February 10, 2010 7:00 – 9:00pm
Nottingham High School
3100 East Genesee St.
Syracuse, New York
Over 12,000 citizens and organizations wrote comments on the dSGEIS to NYS DEC.
Untallied thousands wrote letters, made phone calls and signed petitions to NYS DEC, Governor David Paterson and government representatives opposing hydro-fracking.
There were no formal DEC Public Hearings on the dSGEIS in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Utica.
Hundreds of farmers and other land owners have leased their land to gas companies without being informed of the use of hydro-fracking technology and its severe consequences.
There is a growing grassroots movement across NYS and the nation to ban hydro-fracking.
Within this context, citizens are creating a Citizens’ Community Forum on Hydro-Fracking.
We have invited a variety of local through federal representatives.
Confirmed Participants (as of January 27th) are:
· Lee Macbeth, Syracuse Watershed Control Coordinator
· Ken Lynch, Region 7 DEC Director
· Dave Valesky, State Senator
· Mark Dunnau, Northeast Organic Farmers Association and Delaware County Farm Bureau
· Local landowners who have signed leases
We are awaiting confirmation from Region 2 EPA, Governor Paterson, State Senator Antoine Thompson and Congressman Dan Maffei.
Representatives will open the event with brief comments. Then there will be time for citizens to voice their concerns.
Concerns will go under the following categories:
· Environmental concerns
· Human Health concerns
· Fossil Fuel versus green, sustainable energy concerns
· Climate Change concerns
· Economic concerns
· Rural, agricultural concerns
Stacey Smith 315-470-0778
Leyana Dessauer 315-470-0778