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.
Protect New York State drinking water from unsafe gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The hydrofracking process endangers drinking water supplies, uses billions of gallons of drinking water in the process and creates contaminated water that cannot be properly treated. In New York State, Governor Paterson needs to ban unsafe gas drilling in order to protect our drinking water supply. Safer methods are being developed that are well worth waiting for.
On Saturday, October 17, 2009, the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club met in Syracuse and passed a resolution proposed by the SC Gas Drilling Task Force. The resolutions calls on the NYS legislature to enact a ban on unconventional gas drilling in NYS.
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.