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What: Public forum, “Fracking the Southern Tier: The Rest of the Story”
When: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 6:30 PM
Where: Hubbard Auditorium, Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main Street, Owego, NY 13827
“Tioga County is a little behind much of our region,” said Spencer resident Maura Stephens, “when it comes to learning the full story–the non-industry story–about fracking.”
She’s right. Most of the information that’s been made available publicly to Tioga County residents to date has come directly from the gas drilling industry. But several grassroots citizens are about to change that.
On Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Hubbard Auditorium in the Tioga County Office Building, county residents and neighbors will have the opportunity to hear from non-industry-funded experts, a Pennsylvania resident living with fracking, and an attorney who has worked with more than 50 New York towns to write laws protecting themselves.
The forum will start at 6:30 PM with a presentation by Bill Podulka, PhD, a physicist who will give an overview of the science and economics of fracking. He will be followed by endocrinologist Adam Law, MD, who will discuss the health effects associated with exposure to the toxins and radioactive materials that are an integral part of the fracking operations. Two Pennsylvania dairy farmers who leased their lands and now regret living in drilled areas, Carol French, who farms conventionally, and Carolyn Knapp, whose farm is certified organic, will share their personal stories. Finishing up will be David Slottje and Helen Slottje, pro bono attorneys with Community Environmental Defense Council, Inc., discussing how they have helped dozens of communities statewide to write laws to protect themselves from the harms of this rampant industrial activity.
“This forum will help bring us all up to speed on this critical issue,” said Owego resident MArk Trabucco. “Especially since we’re still recovering from the floods of 2011, we don’t need another environmental assault. I hope that everyone will come out to learn from these experts the true story, without industrial spin.”
The event, which is cosponsored by the Coalition to Protect New York and the recently formed RAFT (Residents Against Fracking Tioga) and VeRSE (Vestal Residents for Safe Energy), is the first in a series of events that are planned for different towns in Tioga County. All are free and open to the public. For more information contact Maura Stephens,607- ‐351- ‐3766 or firstname.lastname@example.org