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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011

DEC PUBLIC HEARINGS #4 on SGEIS

1:00-4:00 P.M. and 6:00-9:00 P.M.

Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., New York, NY (map)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011

DEC PUBLIC HEARINGS #3 on SGEIS

LOCH SHELDRAKE (SULLIVAN COUNTRY)

1:00-4:00 P.M. and 6:00-9:00 P.M.

Sullivan County Community College, Seelig Theatre, 112 College Rd., Loch Sheldrake,NY (map)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011, 6:30 P.M., CPNY GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING

Schuyler County Human Services Building

323 Owego Street, Montour Falls

We welcome new activists dedicated to banning fracking in our communities, making fracking a crime in NYS, preserving all that we love about living in this beautiful part of the world, and meeting dedicated, like-minded people who work hard but remember to enjoy all that we’re fighting to protect.

“Friend” us on Facebook.

Contact: info@coalitiontoprotectnewyork.org

Energy Security: Building Our Future on the Southern Tier

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Commons at Corning Community College, Corning, NY

Sponsored by CPNY affiliated organization People for a Healthy Environment, Inc.,with the League of Women Voters of Steuben County, Southern Tier Interfaith Coalition and Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative.A symposium on the critical need for energy conservation, efficiency and renewable sources of energy and how to bring them to the Southern Tier. CALL 607-739-9141 or 607-846-2732 to reserve your place.Bill McKibben, “Report from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight” (by skype)

Joseph Robertson, “Building a Green Economy: the Economics of Carbon Pricing and

the Transition to Clean, Renewable Fuels”Panelists:

Gay Canough, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of ETM Solar Works

Katrin Klingenberg, Executive Director, Passive House Institute U.S.

Peter Bardaglio, Ph.D., Sr. Fellow at Second Nature and former Provost, Ithaca College

Sharalyn Conner, Associate General Counsel, Plug Power (fuel cells)

Carol Murphy, NYS liaison for American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Dee Gamble, Southern Tier Energy Smart Communities, NYSERDA

Don Barber, Chair, Tompkins County Council of Governments

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2011: TAR SANDS ACTION in WASHINGTON, DC

http://www.tarsandsaction.org/

Members and allies of CPNY will be going to Washington, DC on Sunday, November 6 to join in solidarity with Tar Sands Action, fighting the Keystone XL Pipeline and urging President Barack Obama to pull the plug on this destructive oil pipeline stretching from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico.

OCTOBER 6, 2011 AND ONGOING, WASHINGTON DC and ONLINE

 

“OCTOBER 2011: HUMAN NEEDS, NOT CORPORATE GREED”

http://october2011.org/ Starting on October 6, 2011, thousands of concerned Americans will assemble in Freedom Plaza, in Washington DC to take control of our country and our lives. We will occupy the plaza and hold a People’s Assembly where we come up with just and sustainable solutions to the crises we face and demand that these solutions be presented and that the people’s needs be addressed. We will plan and engage in creative acts of civil resistance and demand that our inherent rights and freedoms be protected, and that our children have a chance to live in peace, to breathe clean air, and to grow edible natural food.

 

SEPTEMBER 27, WATKINS GLEN (Schuyler County) INERGY LPG STORAGE AND THE DEC.

RALLY 4:00 P.M. “NO INERGY LPG FACILITY” Meet at the corner of 12th & Decatur Streets. MAP to the rally area. Go to Gas Free Seneca for more info.

6:00 p.m. Sham public info session by Inergy propagandists

7:00 p.m. DEC PUBLIC HEARING ON LPG STORAGE FACILITY IN READING TOWNSHIP, ON BEAUTIFUL SENECA LAKE

Read more at Sue Heavenrich’s Marcellus Effect blog.

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SEPTEMBER 25-27, WASHINGTON, DC

“Mountaintop Removal Road Show,” A PROJECT OF APPALACHIA RISING Appalachia Rising is a national response to the poisoning of America’s water supply, the destruction of Appalachia’s mountains, head water source streams, and communities through mountaintop removal coal mining. It follows a long history of social action for a just and sustainable Appalachia. Appalachia Rising will unite coalfield residents, grass roots groups, individuals, and national organizations to call for the abolition of mountaintop removal coal mining and demand that America’s water be protected from all forms of surface mining.

Appalachia Rising will consist of two events. First, the weekend conference, Sept. 25-26, Voices from the Mountains will provide an opportunity to build or join the movement for justice in Appalachia through strategy discussions and share knowledge across regional and generational lines. The second event on Monday, Sept.27, is the Appalachia Rising Day of Action which will call for an end to mountaintop removal and all forms of steep slope surface mining though a vibrant march and rally. An act of dignified non-violent civil disobedience will be possible for those who wish to express themselves by risking arrest.

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, ALL DAY, WORLDWIDE

MOVING PLANET DAY! MANY EVENTS HAPPENING IN OUR REGION. Moving Planet is a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels. http://www.moving-planet.org/

 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

STEEL MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 101 EAST CHURCH STREET

ELMIRA, NY (Chemung County)

Learn about the SGEIS and learn how to comment on important points in the DEC’s 1,000-page document on extraction of shale gas. Presenters are James Northrup, who worked for 30 years in the oil and gas industry in Texas and now lives in New York State; Ron Bishop, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry at SUNY Oneonta; and attorney Rachel Treichler, who specializes in water issues. Cosponsored by People for a Healthy Environment, Inc, and the League of Women Voters of Steuben County.

 

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011, 7:00-10:00 P.M.

FRACKING: FILMS, FORUM, AND FIZZ in SYRACUSE

The Palace Theater, 2384 James Street, SYRACUSE (Onondaga County)

Syracuse, New York

A variety of films, videos, and opportunities for discussion on the issue of hydrofracking highlight this free event, featuring a showing of Gasland and a discussion of New York State’s new environmental review of hydrofracking. Wine and beer tastings will keep the evening light-hearted. Wine tasting hosted by Hunt Country Vineyards. There will be opportunities to sign petitions, write letters, bumperstickers and signs, and opportunities to organize your town to enact local laws. SGEIS Study Session will be held upstairs to give people an opportunity to discuss the draft environmental guidelines released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. For more information visit www.shaleshockcny.org

 

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2011

ALFRED UNIVERSITY, ALFRED, NY (ALLEGANY COUNTY)

BUILDING A GREEN ECONOMY: NY GREEN FEST 2011 “It’s Not Enough to Just Say No–What’s the Alternative?”

30+ great workshops on politics, energy, media, and ecology, four forums, and great music on a solar stage.

http://nygreenfest.org/

http://nygreenfest.blogspot.com/2011/07/ts-not-enough-to-just-say-no-whats.html

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JULY30&31,2011

Camp Off 8383 Gallagher Road, Pulteney, NY

Link for all the information here: http://www.allfrackedup.com/

SATURDAY – JULY 30, 2011 – 9:00 AM Concerned Citizens of Tioga County -The Hand of Man – 180 Front St. Owego, NY

Bus Tour planned for Bradford Co. PA on Saturday July 16th see “Tours” link for details – Hydro Relief Web

Kirkland Township joins New Hartford in unanimously passing a moratorium on hydrofracking

The Town of New Hartford is establishing a Chapter of Hydro Relief Web. Contact Nancy Grove. grove(at)hydrorelief.org [replace word "at" the symbol @]

MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, 6:30 (doors open; presentations start at 7:00 p.m.)

Women’s Community Building, 100 W Seneca St, Ithaca

REVISED SGEIS: What’s different about it, what concerns remain, how can we respond to DEC?

How does the revised SGEIS differ from the draft released (and widely decried) two years ago? NY has learned a lot in the past two years about how hydro-fracking is conducted in other states – especially in PA. DEC claims significant new protections have been written into the draft. This meeting is to learn more about what’s new, what concerns remain, and what recommendations people have for DEC.

Speakers: Louis Allstadt (former exec. VP Mobile Oil), Tony Ingraffea (engineering professor and fracking expert, Cornell University), Helen Slottje (lead attorney, Community Environmental Defense Council), Roger Downs (Sierra Club), Karen Edelstein (GIS/mapping expert), Martha Robertson (Tompkins Co. legislator)

GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND DANCE, THURSDAY JULY 21-SUNDAY JULY 24

HYDROFRACKING TENTS, with CPNY, BACK to DEMOCRACY, SHALESHOCK, NYRAD, GAS FREE SENECA, FRACK OFF, GREEN UMBRELLA, FINGER LAKES CLEAN WATERS INITIATIVE, and HECTOR RESIDENTS AGAINST DRILLING.

This is the first time in its 21-year history that GrassRoots has allowed an activist group such prominence. Many of the music groups are talking about fracking. In between acts, speakers such as Dan Lamb (district representative for Congressman Maurice Hinchey), Martha Robertson (Tompkins County legislator), Yvonne Taylor (Gas Free Seneca cofounder and local resident/teacher), and Walter Hang (Toxics Targeting) are talking about what fracking would mean for our region–devastation on so many fronts.

Please stop by the tent, located on the track right near the Infield Stage (to the left as you look at the stage, to the right if coming down the path from the main entrance).

Cool off in the beautiful fountain crafted by local blacksmith/artist Durand Van Doren.

Converse with volunteers from all these groups, sign the BAN FRACKING IN NEW YORK STATE petition, and become involved! Find out what groups are actively working in YOUR area, and become involved. And have fun at GrassRoots — a wonderful mix of all kinds of music, dance, arts, crafts, food, and now, ANTFRACKTIVISM!

THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, 7:30 P.M.

READING CENTER TOWN HALL, READING CENTER (SCHUYLER)

Important vote relating to LPG STORAGE FACILITY IN TOWN OF READING — SPECTATORS NEEDED

The Town of Reading Planning Board is voting on the permanent replacement for the chairperson seat vacated by the resignation of outgoing chair Gordie Wright. They will be voting at their regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday, July 21st, at 7:30pm.

 

The results of this vote could be crucial in determining the course the Town takes in the upcoming hearings and eventually the Special Permit Application. Gas Free Seneca is of the opinion that anyone who is interested in this issue should make every effort to attend as SPECTATORS ONLY!! If nothing else, a strong showing will put the Town Planning Board on notice that we are concerned and that we are watching closely every aspect of this process.

 

Please show up Thursday at 7:30 at the Town Hall in Reading Center and lend your support. Thank you.

Joseph M Campbell, president

Gas Free Seneca

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011, 7:30 P.M.

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER CLASS OF 1962 AUDITORIUM

“HEALTH and HYDROFRACKING: Public health implications of Marcellus Shale natural gas development”

BERNARD GOLDSTEIN, MD

Dr. Bernard Goldstein is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Goldstein (http://www.eoh.pitt.edu/directory/bios/goldstein.asp) is an expert in air quality and environmental health. He currently leads the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (http://www.chec.pitt.edu ), which manages FracTracker, a public access learning tool on the health and environmental implications of shale gas development.

Auditorium is near the corner of Kendrick and Elmwood. There is parking (for a fee) near the Flaum Atrium entrance to the medical school (MRB lot), or in the hospital garage. Free parking is available at Rush Rhees Library (River Campus) starting at 7 pm. Please allow an additional 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the auditorium if you will be parking in the garage or at the library.

See poster with Dr. Goldstein’s bio AND a map, attached as PDFs at bottom of this page. Please contact Valerie_George@urmc.rochester.edu for more info.

NOTE: Dr. Goldstein is giving this talk in Rochester en route to the conference on Marcellus Shale Development organized by the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY) on July 21 and 22, 2011. Registration for that closes Tuesday, 7/19. Registration information for FLI event may be found at: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e3uli70ld6335655&llr=6tkitjfab or contact Sarah Meyer, smeyer@hws.edu)

 

Thanks to University of Rochester’s Environmental Health Sciences Center and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences for support of this lecture.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 7:00-8:45 p.m., Dryden VFW, 2272 Dryden Road (Rte. 13)

Looking Down from Above: What Gas Drilling Sites Might Look Like in the Town of Dryden

Presenters from the Tompkins County Council of Governments Task Force on Gas Drilling:

Darby Kiley, Tompkins County Planner, and Art Pearce, Task Force Member

How many gas wells could there be, and where could they be placed?

This informational “Mapping Project” is a result of planning done by the Tompkins County Council of Governments and is presented for the purpose of getting current information to Dryden residents.

■See aerial views of landscapes in states where drilling is active.

■Envision where well pads might go in Tompkins County and the Town of Dryden given 40 acre drilling units versus 640 acre units.

■Referring to currently proposed NYS DEC regulations, see well placement possibilities as they relate to houses, streams, steep slopes and schools.

■Understand how access roads and pipelines affect the landscape.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011, RACKER CENTER, 3326 WILKINS ROAD, ITHACA, NEW YORK

MAPPING POTENTIAL DRILLING ACTIVITY IN TOMPKINS COUNTY. 7PM TO 8PM.

Darby Kiley, Tompkins County Planner and Coordinator for the Tompkins County Council of Governments Task Force on Gas Drilling, developed a set of photos and maps to help residents to visualize how drilling might change the landscape in this county.

See aerial views of landscapes in states where drilling is active

Envision where well pads might go in Tompkins County

See well placement possibilities.

Understand how access roads and pipelines affect the landscape.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 7:00-8:45 p.m., Dryden VFW, 2272 Dryden Road (Rte. 13)

LOOKING DOWN from ABOVE: WHAT GAS DRILLING SITES MIGHT LOOK LIKE in the TOWN of DRYDEN

Presenters from the Tompkins County Council of Governments Task Force on Gas Drilling:

Darby Kiley, Tompkins County Planner, and Art Pearce, Task Force Member

How many gas wells could there be, and where could they be placed?

This informational “Mapping Project” is a result of planning done by the Tompkins County Council of Governments and is presented for the purpose of getting current information to Dryden residents.

■See aerial views of landscapes in states where drilling is active.

■Envision where well pads might go in Tompkins County and the Town of Dryden given 40 acre drilling units versus 640 acre units.

■Referring to currently proposed NYS DEC regulations, see well placement possibilities as they relate to houses, streams, steep slopes and schools.

■Understand how access roads and pipelines affect the landscape.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011, FOSTER PARK, AFTON, NY STARTING AT 2 PM CELEBRATE OUR CLEAN WATER More information at http://gasmain.org/weblog/?p=199

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011, ITHACA COLLEGE, ITHACA, NEW YORK 8AM – 11PM EPIC NO FRACK EVENT

EPIC line up with 46 speakers, 6 movies, and 10 musicians. Speakers are flying in from as far away as South Africa.

More information at http://comlaw.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/ithaca-college-epic-no-frack-event/

MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 304 NORTH MAIN STREET, ELMIRA, NY 7PM-9PM

COVER-UPS AND COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN UNCONVENTIONAL GAS DRILLING

Speakers: Weston Wilson, Tara Meixsell, Rick Roles, Jeff and Jodi Andrysick

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011, NORWICH, NEW YORK. STARTING AT 2 PM TO 8PM

SPEAK OUT FOR HOME RULE TO BAN HEAVY HIGH-INPACT SHALE GAS DRILLING

2pm – Four County Regional Gas Committee meeting with invited industry-affiliated consultants in the Chenango County Office Building, Supervisors Board Room, 3rd Floor.

4 pm – Rally: “Speak Out” for Home Rule to Ban Heavy High-Impact Shale Gas Drilling. West Park, N. Broad St. (Guernsey Library if raining) – Speakers from C-CARE, CDOG, NYRAD, Sustainable Otsego, ROUSE, ShaleShock CNY, Friends of Butternuts, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Earthworks

6 pm – Forum: How to Achieve Town Bans on Shale Gas Drilling & Fracking! If Elected Officials Refuse, Replace Them! Guernsey Library Meeting Room, 3 Court St. – Speakers: James “Chip” Northrup, Julie Huntsman of Otsego Ban fame and Kelly Branigan of Middlefield- who may have news for us all very soon! Each on strategies to ban shale gas industrialization town by town.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011, RACKER CENTER, 3326 WILKINS ROAD, ITHACA, NEW YORK

MAPPING POTENTIAL DRILLING ACTIVITY IN TOMPKINS COUNTY. 7PM TO 8PM.

Darby Kiley, Tompkins County Planner and Coordinator for the Tompkins County Council of Governments Task Force on Gas Drilling, developed a set of photos and maps to help residents to visualize how drilling might change the landscape in this county. Go to Tompkins for more information

TUESDAY, JUNE 14 2011, ULYSSES TOWN HALL, 10 ELM STREET, TRUMANSBURG, NEW YORK 7pm – 9pm

Ulysses Town Board meeting. The agenda includes the presentation of the local law concerning high impact heavy industry/hydrofracking within the Town of Ulysses. The board will have copies of the draft law at the meeting.

Please show your support for this law and learn what the law includes.

MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011 BATH FIRE HALL, 50 EAST MORRIS STREET, BATH, NEW YORK 7PM TO 9PM

A discussion on the pros and cons with Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, expert witness in Chemung landfill proceeding and Vince Spagnoletti, Steuben County commissioner of Public Works

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 WATKINS GLEN: Large Scale Storage of LPG vs Tourism, Wineries, Peace and Quiet

Forum in Watkins Glen 7-9 PM in the Watkins Glen High School Auditorium at 301 12th Street in Watkins Glen. Go to Gas Free Seneca website for more information.

HYDROFRACKING SYMPOSIUM: FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 3325 MARVIN SANDS DRIVE, CANANDAIGUA, NY 1-585-394-3522 APRIL 1, 2011 THROUGH APRIL 8, 2011

Contact Information: Lenore Friend (585)785-1623 friendll@flcc.edu

FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011, ROOM D214, 2ND FLOOR, MAIN CAMPUS 6:30-9:30 HYDROFRACKING THE FINGER LAKES Presentations by CPNY’s Jack Ossont (also with Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes); Jim Barre, Keuka Lake Watershed Association; and Joe Heath, attorney and natural resource leasing expert, will give the background on the hydrofracking process and the negative environmental impacts as experienced in neighboring Pennsylvania, with a focus on well water and aquifer contamination and risks to the pristine water resources in the Finger Lakes. Also discussed: Legal information about signing a lease with a gas company: what you are gaining and what you would be giving up the future of hydrofracking: beyond the Marcellus Shale and into the Utica shale deposit that underlies the northern Finger Lakes Region.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011, ROOM D214, 2ND FLOOR, MAIN CAMPUS 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm PRO INDUSTRY PRESENTATION by Scott Cline, consulting geologist/petroleum engineer and John Holko, president of Lenape Resources, Inc. & secretary of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York. They will give their industry-insiders” perspective.

TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011, ROOM D214, 2ND FLOOR, MAIN CAMPUS 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm THE FILM “ALL FRACKED UP” Jeff and Jodi Andrysick are farmers turned documentary filmmakers from Hammondsport — “concerned citizens who are frightened that the natural beauty of NY, our streams, rivers, pristine lakes, aquifers, private water wells, and municipal water supplies will be irreversibly ruined by the process of hydrofracking.” For more information on the film, please visit the website:www.allfrackedup.com. Free and open.

FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011, ROOM D214, 2ND FLOOR, MAIN CAMPUS 6:30 pm- 9:30 pm The film, “Gasland” will be shown in Room D214, 2nd floor of the Main Campus from 6:30 to 9:30 See the documentary by Josh Fox that has taken the country by storm. Free and open.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31 TO APRIL 2, 2011, CORNELL LAW SCHOOL, CORNELL UNIVERSITY, ITHACA , NY

ENERGY CONFERENCE GAS DRILLING, SUSTAINABILITY & ENERGY POLICY

The conference will use “natural” gas drilling as a lens to explore energy policy, the global energy market, and the integral role the law can and must play in creating energy security and ensuring a sustainable future. Panels will be fast-paced, creating a lively debate with time for limited audience questions. Bringing together distinguished panelists from law, science, government, and business on both sides of the natural gas and energy debate, the conference will explore, among other topics, the legal issues associated with natural gas drilling and energy policy, different scientific perspectives on how clean and sustainable natural gas is, alternative clean energy sources, and the potential risks and benefits of shale gas development in Upstate New York. Weaving throughout these topics is the question of whether common ground can truly be reached or whether it is simply an illusion. http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/research/ELS/index.cfm

THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011 Gas Drilling on State Lands Forum in Norwich. We have Bill Belitskus of the Allegheny Defense Project and Neil Woodworth of the Adirondack Mountain Club speaking with us about what gas drilling would do to our public lands and ways in which we may protect them. Please bring your friends and family and share this widely! Gas Drilling on State Lands w/ Bill Belitskus, Allegheny Defense Project, and Neil Woodworth, Adirondack Mountain Club Thursday, March 24 at 7 PM United Church of Christ (UCC) 11 W. Main St., Norwich C-CARE co-sponsors films on the second Tuesday of each month as well. April 12th’s film is “Vanishing of the Bees” again at the UCC at 7 pm.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011 FROM 7pm to 9pm AT THE PENN YAN MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, 515 LIBERTY STREET, PENN YAN, NY. A FARM FORUM

Hydrofracking & Agriculture –the Promise & the Reality

Ron Gulla and Terry Greenwood – Farmers from Washington County, Pennsylvania… “Lessons to

be learned: What a Look Back Tells Us about Farming andFracking.”

Leslie Lewis – Attorney with the NYC firm, Napoli, Bern and Ripka, “Leases and Your Best

Interests.”

Ellen Harrison – founder of Fleased Organization – “What I Now Know and Should Have

Known Then.”

Art Hunt – Vineyardist and Co-Owner of Hunt Country Vineyards… “Lessons Learned and

Considerations for the Future.”

Klaas Martens – Organic farmer will serve as the panel’s moderator.

THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011, 7pm -8pm, UNIVERSITY UNION, ROOM 102 (just off the UU lobby) BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY, BINGHAMTON, NY.FRACKING 201 WITH CHRIS BURGER

The first installment of the Fracking 201 lecture series will feature Chris Burger talking on the effects that hydrofracking will have on outdoors enthusiasts, including hunters, fishermen, snowmobilers, hikers, and anyone else who enjoys being outside. 30 – 45 minute talk .

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 7pm – 9pm, GRANGE AUDITORIUM, NYS GRANGE, 100 GRANGE PLACE, CORTLAND, NY (ROUTE 81 AT EXIT 11) http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=100+Grange+Place,+Cortland+New+york&…

NEW YORK GAS DEVELOPMENT UPDATE & LEASING CONSIDERATIONS

An educational seminar on natural gas exploration is scheduled for Monday February 28th, from 7pm to 9pm at the New York State Grange Headquarters in Cortland, NY. The seminar will focus on future leasing considerations, how to ensure an expired lease is released by gas companies along with an update on gas development in NY.

As policy makers and stakeholders continue to debate the risks and benefits of natural gas development in New York, the outlook is still unclear. Much of upstate New York contains significant natural gas reserves that will continue to attract the gas industry. Therefore, rural landowners will still be faced with complicated decisions regarding drilling and related activities such as pipelines, compressor stations, water storage and access roads.

Brett Chedzoy, an expert from Cornell Cooperative Extension will be providing an update on the current status of gas development in NY and highlight key leasing recommendations for landowners. Joe Heath, Esq. will be on hand explaining the process of getting an expired lease released by a gas company. He will also share some of the tactics gas companies are using to attempt to extend existing leases, some of which are preventable. The seminar will also take a glimpse at our neighbors in Pennsylvania, painting a picture of what our landscape may look like when exploration activities commence in NY.

This seminar is sponsored by the Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and is free and open to the public. If you have any questions about the seminar or any of the services or programs provided by the SWCD please call 607-756-5991

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, DOUBLETREE HOTEL, PITTSBURG, PA

BUILDING BRIDGES-HEALING CONNECTIONS IN A BROKEN WORLD:MAY THE BEAUTY WE LOVE BE WHAT WE DO

Conrad Dan Volz will speak at the Episcopal Urban Caucus 31st National Assembly regarding the impacts of natural gas drilling on the environment and public health.

Registration forms can be downloaded at EUC website: www.episcopalurbancaucus.org. The entire event goes from February 23-26, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 7-9PM in Norwich 11 West Main Street — Janette Barth and Nicole Dillingham address the Economic Consequences of Hydrofracking for Methane Gas at the United Church of Christ

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. QUALITY INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER IN SOMERSET, PA MARCELLUS CITIZENS STEWARDSHIP PROJECT

The Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project (MSCP) has been developed to empower citizens to take steps to protect their property, their health, and the environment, principally our water resources, from impacts of extracting Marcellus shale in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Marcellus Citizen Stewardship Project will be a model so that other watersheds and communities can easily replicate the project in their region.

The Mountain Watershed Association is currently piloting the project in the Youghiogheny River watershed. Collaborators include the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, Three Rives Waterkeeper, Clean Water Action, PennEnvironment, Group Against Smog and Pollution, and the Fayette County Conservation District.

Learn more about the project here: http://www.fractracker.org/2010/11/marcellus-citizen-stewardship-project

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011, 7:00 p.m., OWEGO, 56 Main Street on the second floor. SCREENING OF GASLAND Sponsored by Tioga Peace & Justice and the Concerned Citizens of Tioga. For more information call (607) 341-7842.

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011, 1:30-5:00 & 6:00-9:30 – two distinct PM sessions – LIBERTY, NY PUBLIC HEARING Liberty High School Auditorium, 125 Buckley Street, Delaware River Basin Commission covering NY, PA, and NJ is putting out their Draft Natural Gas Regulations.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011, 2:00 p.m., EAST AURORA, Aurora Town Hall Auditorium, 300 Gleed Ave. GAS WELLS: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU Presentation by Chris Burger. Organized and sponsored by Wales POWER (Protecting Our Water Rights). More info: ssbuckley60@yahoo.com

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011, 2:00 p.m., CORTLAND – SUNY Campus, Brown Auditorium, Old Main. Two Scientists Debate the Pros and Cons of Gas Drilling. Professor Anthony R. Ingraffea (Cornell University) & Professor Donald Siegel (Syracuse University) Map: http://www2.cortland.edu/about/maps-and-directions/#Old%20Main

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., ITHACA, Tompkins County Human Services Building (320 W. State/MLK Street). CHEMICAL SIGNATURES OF CONTAMINATION FROM SHALE GAS WELLS:BASELINE MONITORING TO PROTECT WATER. Presentations by Steve Penningroth, Autumn Stoschek, Hilary Lambert and Bill Kapell.

More information contact: http://communityscience.org/

—TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2011, 7:00 p.m., TOMPKINS COUNTY LEGISLATURE, ITHACA, County Courthouse, 32

0 North Tioga Street, 2nd floor Legislative Chambers PUBLIC HEARING on the proposed road preservation law , which you can review at http://meetings.tompkins-co.org/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=2308 (under “Attachments,” click on “Lla-11”).

MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011, 7:00 p.m., ITHACA, County’s Old Jail Office Building, 125 E. Court St, first floor conference room PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING ON PROPOSED TOMPKINS COUNTY ROAD PRESERVATION LAW Sponsored by the Legislature’s Government Operations and Facilities and Infrastructure Committees Learn about the proposed local law that would amend the County Code to regulate certain heavy commercial or industrial uses of County roads with the potential to cause road damage. The proposed amendment focuses on any temporary commercial or industrial activity that generates “high frequency, high impact truck traffic”—traffic to or from a single project site generating more than ten truck trips per day for more than three days in a week, involving trucks with a gross weight that exceeds 20 tons, as could occur in activities such as timber harvesting, mining, and gas drilling. The draft local law is available for review at http://meetings.tompkins-co.org/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=2308 (Under “Attachments,” click on “Lla-11.”) Contact: Michael Lane, Chair, Government Operations Committee, 607-844-8313 or 844-8440

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m., ITHACA, Human Services Building, 320 W. State St.

PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Storing Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Near Watkins Glen — Q&A with scientist/chemical safety and hazardous materials specialist Tom Shelley and award-winning journalist Peter Mantius, now with DCBureau (http://dcbureau.org/index.php). Sponsored by Social Ventures and Shaleshock Action Alliance. Contact Sara Hess with questions: Sarahess63@yahoo.com

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m., HORSEHEADS, Village Hall, 202 S. Main Street

“Presentation and Public Hearing on the Proposed Site Plan Amendment for the Schlumberger Facility located in the Center at Horseheads.” This is the chance for us to speak.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.), VESTAL, Library, 320 Vestal Parkway East Don’t Jump to Conclusions: Unanswered Questions about the Economic Impact of Gas Drilling in the Marcellus Shale Economist Janette Barth on the true costs and benefits of drilling. How many jobs will be created? Are areas where drilling has occurred better off than areas where it has not? Dr. Barth’s work on this subject has been entirely self-funded. Contact: Elaine Perkus, 607-725-7785; elaine@oilslady.com

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, 7:00-9:00 p.m., ITHACA, Human Services Building, 320 W. State St.

PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Storing Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Near Watkins Glen — Q&A with scientist/chemical safety and hazardous materials specialist Tom Shelley and award-winning journalist Peter Mantius, now with DCBureau (http://dcbureau.org/index.php). Sponsored by Social Ventures and Shaleshock Action Alliance. Contact Sara Hess with questions: Sarahess63@yahoo.com

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011, 5:30 p.m., HORSEHEADS, Village Hall, 202 S. Main Street

PLANNING BOARD MEETING, “Referral from Village Board of Trustees: Schlumberger Technology Corporation – Center at Horseheads, Site Plan Amendment.” Although we don’t know what this means, we need to be there to find out.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2011, 6:30 p.m., MAHOPAC, 668 Route 6 MARCELLUS SHALE GAS DRILLING Presentation by Chris Burger on the catastrophic consequences of hyro-fracking. Lite dinner for $10 or $15 or ? — RSVP: 845-4265

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011, 2:00 p.m., CORTLAND, Lake Como Inn, 1307 E. Lake Road

FRACKING AND OUTDOORS-LOVERS: Chris Burger, chair of Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition and former Broome County Legislator, speaks on how gas is formed and extracted and how this unconventional drilling and fracking in the Marcellus shale will affect outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011, 7:00 p.m., PENN YAN, American Legion, 2001 Himrod Rd.

GASLAND screening, More info: http://www.gaslandthemovie.com; contact Jack Ossont, 607-243-7262

 

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COMMENTS DUE BY JANUARY 31 about storage of LPG in salt caves near Watkins Glen (see “Events,” Ithaca, Jan. 27in the “Archive” section). The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation determined that this LPG storage project could result in enough adverse impacts to require an environmental impact review. The review process grants the public the right to raise questions and make comments. Those comments must be received by the DEC by January 31. Comments can be sent by e-mail to the NY DEC to: David Bimber, Deputy Regional Permit Administrator, dlbimber@gw.dec.state.ny.us .

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MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012, all day, ALBANY
2012 HYDROFRACKING DAY OF ACTION
sponsored by many organizations including CPNY affiliates Shaleshock CNY, Shaleshock, R-CAUSE, People for a Healthy Environment, Inc., GDACC, BRSC
If you are interested in joining a ROCHESTER bus, please let organizers know right away so they can determine if they can fill a bus. ROCHESTER bus is sponsored by CPNY affiliate R-CAUSE; contact Anna Sears or Nedra Harvey per below.

Come join residents and organizations from across the state. Bring your voice to Albany and express your opposition to hydrofracking. The day will begin with a rally in the New York State Legislature followed by legislative visits.
 

Below are buses coming from different parts of the state. The bus captains’ information is listed, and they can tell you departure points, times, cost, etc. You must register separately for buses and lobby visits.

Register now for visits with legislators at

http://www.citizenscampaign.org/special_features/fracking/fracking-day-of-action.asp


Sponsoring organizations:
Advocates for Morris, Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC), Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, EARTHWORKS, Environmental Advocates of New York, Environment New York, Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County (GDACC), Milford DOERS, Otsego 2000, Plymouth Friends of Clean Water, Residents of Crumhorn Mountain, R-CAUSE, Riverkeeper, Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development (SACRED), Shaleshock CNY, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, United for Action

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012
Rally Against Fracking in Albany

NYRAD is organizing a bus trip from Ithaca and Binghamton to Albany for the rally.

Contact Elain Perkus 607-725-7785

$10/person

Departing from ITHACA Wegmans Parking Lot, 500 S. Meadow Street, Ithaca at 6:00 AM

Pick up in BINGHAMTON at 7:15 AM at Cracker Barrel Parking Lot, 876 Upper Front Street, Binghamton

 

Southern Tier SOS

We are calling on all New Yorkers who care about the future of New York to come to Albany on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 for Governor Cuomo’s The State of The State address. We are the citizens of the Southern Tier who have endured great hardships over the past years from the destruction of our economy due to the terrible floods. We will not be dealt the final blow of polluting our beautiful region with an industrial scale assault on our environment and our way of life. We need your help to show our strength and the magnitude of the anti-fracking movement on Day #1 of the New York legislative session. Governor Cuomo and our State legislators need to know that as long as the DEC continues to move toward adoption of the fatally flawed SGEIS then we in the Southern Tier are in a continued state of emergency.

On November 28, 2011, the Associated Press reported that Senator Libous is working to strike a deal with Governor Cuomo to bring hydrofracking to the Southern Tier. Senator Libous continues to say that we, the people of the Southern Tier, want this dirty industrial activity in our region. Senator Libous does not speak for us. Join us on January 4th to let the Governor know that we, the people, are with him if he stands up to the gas industry and stops the fracking machine from steamrolling our state.

So many New Yorkers are sounding the alarm to stop fracking before it destroys our state:

· Over 20,000 organizations, doctors, scientists, engineers, and citizens have signed a letter drafted by Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting calling on Governor Cuomo to immediately withdraw the SGEIS due to failure to fulfill Executive Order No. 41 and the major inadequacies identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and many others.

· Critically acclaimed author, biologist, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber has been sounding the alarm to Governor Cuomo on the health impacts from fracking and the potential lives that will be lost from the cancer causing chemicals involved in the fracking process. Almost 2 dozen major cancer advocacy groups including Lois Gibbs with Center for Environment, Health, and Justice as well as Actress, Fran Drescher of Cancer Schmancer have signed Doctor Steingraber’s letter asking the Governor to develop a safe green economy in New York, and not

one that depends on an industry that will threaten our lives.

· Over 70 grassroots groups, dozens of major advocacy groups, and tens of thousands of people across New York are participating in the largest movement this state has ever seen. fracking bans, moratoriums, and resolutions are enacted in municipalities every week. We need to bring the message to Albany that Upstate New York does NOT want to be a sacrifice zone to fracking.

· There have already been complaints of pollution from existing gas drilling in New York State and we do not have confidence in the DEC’s ability to protect our land, air and water if fracking comes to us.

· The Binghamton City Council passed a 2 year ban on fracking in a 6-1 vote. This sends a strong message to Governor Cuomo that the major city in the Southern Tier, the epicenter of proposed fracking activity, does not want it.

Join us for the THE MOST IMPORTANT RALLY YET on January 4th, 2012 at 10:30am on the Concourse outside of the entrance to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. This will be the defining moment of the years of work we have all done to protect all New Yorkers from hydrofracking.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2011
Year-End Celebration to Support the Slottjes
4-8 p.m., Hilary Lambert’s house, 1676 Hanshaw Rd, Ithaca, 14850.

(Actual location is Dryden: A red house one mile east of Sapsucker Woods Rd, between the SPCA and the Monkey Run hiking area. Oak tree, willow tree and No Frack sign in the front yard – park in the driveway or along the road.)

A potluck: Please bring a tasty dish-to-pass or beverages to share! Families welcome.

A party: We’ve come a long way in our town frack ban movement this year, and now it’s time to celebrate together! Standing on the solid foundation of Home Rule and the SlottjesK’ pro bono legal expertise, we are now taking back control of our land, water, air, communities and future from the exploitive gas industry. 

A fundraiser: A town ban movement never would have happened without Helen and David Slottje. They guided Ulysses, Dryden and Ithaca entirely on a pro-bono basis, and they continue to offer legal expertise to scores of other NY towns, at no charge. Their leadership has provided many towns with the language and confidence to push back with bans, moratoria, and strong election results. Now it’s time to support the Slottjes and their local non-profit, the Community Environmental Defense Council.

To donate: If you can’t make it, but would like to support the Slottjes, you can make an online donation at www.cedclaw.org . CEDC is a 501(c)3; donations are tax-deductible.

RSVPs (appreciated, but not required) may be made on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/events/301784936521595/#!/events/301784936521595/

Questions? Contact Hilary Lambert <hilary_lambert@yahoo.com>

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Public Hearing for “Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Activities Moratorium Local Law” at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester 14618
Please attend the town of Brighton’s public hearing and support its resolution to adopt a 12 month moratorium prohibiting fracking in Brighton.  You do not need to be a Brighton citizen to attend or to speak
Brighton is the first town in Monroe County to take this step:
Notice of Public Hearing:
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to Article 3 of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York and a resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Brighton adopted December 14, 2011, the Town Board will hold a public hearing at the Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue in said Town on the 28th day of December, 2011, at a meeting commencing at 7:30 p.m., to hear all parties and citizens for and against the Activities Moratorium Local Law, the text of which is on file in the Town Clerk’s Office where it may be examined during business hours and a summary of which proposed Law is as follows:
The proposed Local law will establish a moratorium prohibiting any action from being taken to approve wells using hydraulic fracturing or directional drilling for gas or any related activities, such as the storage of waste water or fluids relating to hydraulic fracturing, including but not limited to the issuance of permits, variances, site plan or subdivision approvals, for a period of one year, within the Town of Brighton.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
CPNY General Council Meeting (last one of 2011)
6:30 p.m., Schuyler County Human Services Building, 323 Owego Road, Montour Falls.
We hope all our affiliates will join us, and invite fellow antifracktivists who want to get involved as things heat up in New York State; we’ll have some holiday goodies/cheer to celebrate all we have accomplished in the fight so far.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
SUSQUEHANA RIVER BASIN PUBILC HEARING ON PROPOSED WATER WITHDRAWALS
8:30 a.m., Best Western East Mountain Inn & Suites, 2400 East End Boulevard – Route 115, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will be hosting a PUBLIC HEARING on Proposed Water Withdrawal Application and proposed Regulations for Natural Gas Industrialization. The turnout is
expected to be enormous.  **Activists will be on site to demonstrate their belief in Keeping the Water
of Susquehanna River out of the hands of the gas industry.
Commissioners who represent the States of Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland and the Army Corps of Engineers will be voting on 26 Water Withdrawal Applications made by gas companiesin addition to attempting to shorten the regulatory procedure by which the water withdrawals can be approved.The SRBC has stated no signs, placards will be allowed in their meeting room, thwarting any attempts by activists to quietly display their disapprovalsof Such water withdrawals. Videographers will be on-hand at the meeting as will local media efforts.At a similar public meeting held by the SRBC in Milford, New York on September 15, 2011, involving 21 water withdrawals for natural gas industrialization were unanimously approved across the board, excepting 1 water withdrawal application. In attendance at that meeting were over 100 activists. New York State has recently denied any further permits be allowed in the Delaware River Basin pending the DEC’s final approval of SGEIS (Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement), due to be completed by January 11, 2012.
(For directions: http://www.eastmountaininn.com/maps.htm
<http://www.eastmountaininn.com/maps.htm> )
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
WEOS-FM 90.3 & 89.7 (Geneva region); live stream weos.org 7:00 p.m.
The “Out of Bounds” show hosted by Tish Pearlman will feature Ithaca College associate professor and author Fred A. Wilcox.  Books include Waiting for an Army to Die: the tragedy of Agent Orange; and Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011
“Hydrofracking: the Rest of the Story,” Fire Hall, off county route 119 in Cameron
Food and tabling at 4:30 p.m.; program at 6 p.m.; Speakers: Jack Ossont, Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes; Art Hunt, Hunt Country vineyards; Rachel Treichler, attorney
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