Check out episode #949 of The Capitol Connection on WAMC Northeast Public Radio: “Host Alan Chartock is joined by WAMC Hudson Valley bureau chief Susan Barnett, who analyzes the ongoing fight over the proposed Marcellus Shale Formation drilling. They also discuss the political implications of any decisions on the drilling.”
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These free podcasts from WHCU feature interviews with Governor David Paterson and Toxic Targeting president Walter Hang, on natural gas drilling in New York State.
Governor David Paterson–Nov 16, 2009
Gov. Paterson discusses the budget crisis, mid-year school state aid cuts, drilling regulations for the Marcellus Shale, and a gay marriage vote.
Hang: Gas Drilling & DEC–Nov 16, 2009
Toxic Targeting president Walter Hang says he wants the DEC to rescind its environmental impact statement.
Listen to Concerned Citizens of Ulysses’ great radio spot featuring the voices of people from Dimock, Pennsylvania, who have been affected by natural gas drilling. Let’s not let the same devastation happen in our region.
Join us on Thursday, November 19th, 2009:
The New York-based Toxics Targeting went through the Department of Environmental Conservation’s own database of hazardous substances spills over the past thirty years. They found 270 cases documenting fires, explosions, wastewater spills, well contamination and ecological damage related to gas drilling. Many of the cases remain unresolved. The findings are contrary to repeated government assurances that existing natural gas well regulations are sufficient to safeguard the environment and public health. The state is considering allowing for gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale watershed, the source of drinking water for 15 million people, including nine million New Yorkers. Guest: Walter Hang, President of Toxics Targeting, an environmental database firm in Ithaca, New York. (More at Democracy Now)
Walter Hang writes:
I just posted data at www.toxicstargeting.com for 270 oil and gas spill spills in New York State that have caused fires, explosions, home evacuations, polluted drinking water wells as well as long-term impacts on forests, streams, wetlands, ponds and other waterways.
You can view video of flammable drinking water in Candor, NY reported by a homeowner “who is concerned about natural gas drilling near him.”
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.
A 10-day radio ad blitz has been initiated on three Cayuga Radio stations directing listeners to learn more about gas drilling by going to the Shaleshock website. Lawn signs with the same directive will be available to people who live in highly trafficked areas. Similar publicity for our cause is being planned but these efforts require money. Please send donations to Social Ventures, 124 Westfield Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850. Please list “Shaleshock radio ads/lawn signs” in the memo line on your check. More ways to support Shaleshock »
Contact NPR to tell them what you think of their recent natural gas drilling coverage. Here’s a response from a Shaleshock member:
Like many in my Upstate New York community, I am incredibly disappointed with your one-sided coverage of horizontal natural gas drilling. Horizontal fracturing of shale deposits requires millions of gallons of water over the 30-year life of each well, there could be thousands of wells in each county, and this water will deplete and then pollute local water supplies. When the water is pumped into the ground to break apart and release the gas from the shale, the water includes dozens of harmful chemicals, the exact composition of which the natural gas industry claims it does not have to make available to the public. When the chemically-laden fracking fluid is pumped back up to the surface, it is stored in lined pools or trucked to treatment facilities. If you had checked with landowners in other states like Wyoming, Texas and Pennsylvania, you would have learned that leaks and spills occur frequently and with little oversight or penalties from over-stretched state EPA officials. Horizontal natural gas wells are poisoning homeowners’ drinking water wells and land. Hydro-fracturing enjoys exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Right-to-Know Act. This is unacceptable.
Check out this segment by Jeff Brady on NPR: Face-off Over ‘Fracking’: Water Battle Brews On Hill (Click for an audio link and synopsis)