The Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a seminar on Natural Gas Exploration and the Geology of Cortland County. William M. Kappel, Hydrologist and Section Chief with the U.S. Geological Survey, will be on hand giving a presentation entitled “Marcellus Shale Gas 101”.
Topics to be addressed include:
- Where black shales are found in New York (their formation and properties) and the mechanics of drilling in the Marcellus and Utica formations.
- An in-depth look at the controversial technique of “slickwater” hydrofracking including the quantities of water needed and the possible
means of treatment, and quality of flowback and formation waters.
- A look into the potential impacts of gas exploration and extraction activities in relation to our regions water resources. Recognizing the concerns of habitat fragmentation and pipeline construction throughout the region.
Monday, February 1st, 2010 – 6pm to 8pm
Seminar will be held in the auditorium of the New York State Grange Headquarters building located at 100 Grange Place off of Clinton Avenue in Cortland, New York (Map)
At Goldwin Smith Hall 132 (Hollis E Cornell Auditorium), Cornell Campus. RSVP on Facebook.
Walter Hang, Toxics Targeting
Lisa Wright and Ryan Clover, Shaleshock Citizens Action Alliance
Walter Hang is President of Toxics Targeting, an environmental database firm in Ithaca, New York. He is the leading authority on environmental, toxicity, and public health issues related to Marcellus Shale gas drilling and the controversial drilling technique known as “hydrofracking” (short for horizontal chemical-laden hydraulic fracturing of shale where natural gas is contained). Many concerned citizens are asking: Does it make sense to contaminate essential resources such as water and soil in order to extract one resource – natural gas? Are we to drill first and ask questions later? Walter Hang will address these issues. He will use multimedia presentation to discuss the history of gas drilling in New York State and summarize findings on gas drilling pollution and environmental protection.
Lisa Wright and Ryan Clover are leading organizers of Shaleshock Citizens Action Alliance, a grassroots group of Finger Lakes residents seeking to protect regional communities and the environment from natural gas exploitation in the Marcellus Shale. They will discuss the environmental justice response to hydrofracking. They will provide you with opportunities to become involved.
VIDEO: DEMOCRACY NOW! INTERVIEW with WALTER HANG: Watch See this very informative interview with Walter Hang by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! National Public Radio, November 10 2009.
Sponsors: Palante (Proyecto Palante and Palante Salsa en Rueda Dance Troupe), Shaleshock Citizens Action Alliance, Kyoto Now, New World Agriculture and Ecology Group. Event financed in party by Graduate and Professional Student Assembly.
The Tompkins County Planning Department website has several Powerpoint presentations that are of interest in regards to Marcellus shale gas drilling. Check them out!
Learn more about water,water contamination and gas drilling, and legal issues associated with this- come to this presentation on 11/18, Wed., 7pm, at the Binghamton Unitarian Universalist church, 183 Riverside Drive, Binghamton 13905, across from Lourdes Hospital.
Helen Slottje, Attorney at Law,Harvard Law School, very active with gas drilling issues / task forces in the Ithaca / Horseheads (Schlumberger site) areas, and Steve Penningroth, Ph.D, Biochemical Sciences, Executive Director of the non-profit Community Science Institute, a NYS Certified water testing lab in Ithaca. We’ll learn more about ground water and what gas drilling can and has done to contaminate water; water testing; looking at the legal issues involved in trying to get recourse from gas corporations and organizing communities to try to protect themselves from the devastation that’s already been wreaked in many other places. Q&A to follow presentations. Only 150 seats available in the sanctuary. Co-sponsored by the UU church, the UU Green Sanctuary Committee, Susquehanna Group Sierra Club, and the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition.
Before the Shaleshock meeting on Thursday, there will be an orientation for people that are just getting involved and are interested in learning more about natural gas drilling. Snacks Provided!
Shaleshock Office (above autumn leaves)
115 E. MLK st (the commons)
Ithaca, NY 14850
Three experts will be present at a public forum in Dryden to give taxpayers, landowners, and other residents the opportunity to ask questions about natural-gas drilling in New York’s Marcellus Shale formation, and to consider their rights in the land leasing process. The event is being held on Thursday, August 20, from 7:00 – 9:30 pm in the Dryden Fire House Community Room (26 North Street, Route 13; next to Dunkin’ Donuts). Addressing those present will be NY State Assistant Attorneys General Michael Danaher and Roberto Barbosa, from the Binghamton Regional Office; they will speak about citizens rights in the leasing process. Their fifty-minute talk will be followed by a thirty-minute presentation by Andrew Byers, a Shaleshock organization leader, who will speak about gas drilling’s potential impacts to our community and the specific drilling technique planned for Tompkins County. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the two presentations. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
The forum is designed to address residents’ concerns about the pros and cons of signing a lease with a gas company, what options are available to landowners who choose not to sign a lease, and how industrial-scale gas-drilling might affect the county’s water resources, farm land, property values, tax base, truck-traffic volume, and recreational activities like tourism, hunting, birding, hiking, and biking.
The Dryden public forum is sponsored by Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition (DRAC). DRAC, which was formed by a group of concerned Dryden residents in June 2009, seeks to learn the truth about the hydrofracking process, and to determine the effects it will have on local homes, roads, communities, and recreation areas, as well as the local economy. All concerned citizens are welcome to join. For additional information, contact: Marie McRae at 607-280-9250 or email@example.com, Martha Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Hilary Lambert at email@example.com.
Shaleshock will deliver a presentation on the dangers of natural gas drilling and local responses at Greenstar Natural Foods Market on Wednesday, August 26th at 7PM.