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Jessica Ernst and Anthony Ingraffea at the Elmira Heights Theater

When: View in Calendar » May 21, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Elmira Heights Theater , 210 E 14th St, Elmira Heights,NY 14903, USA
Contact: Ruth Young
607 846 2732 or 607 765 0025
Categories: Chemung
Tags: Anthony Ingraffea anti-fracking consequences CPNY gas drilling Jessica Ernst The People for a Healthy Environment Inc

The People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. and the Coalition to Protect New York are delighted to be presenting the following event free & open to the public.

Jessica Ernst, Canadian Scientist and Internationally Known Speaker. The name of her talk is: “Truth and Consequences of Fracking”

She will be introduced by and in conversation with CornellProfessor Anthony Ingraffea on stage together.

Jessica Ernst is a Canadian scientist with 30 years of petroleum industry experience. She is presently suing the Alberta government, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, and Encana Corporation for negligence and unlawful activities related to hydraulic fracturing and contamination of well water. Her claim alleges that Encana broke multiple provincial laws and regulations and contaminated an aquifer that supplied drinking water to her Rosebud, Alberta community. Ms. Ernst will tell her story of “living frac’d” and will present both industry and regulatory research showing the impact of industry-caused gas migration into ground water.

Dr. Anthony R. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, Cornell University. He is Director of Cornell Fracture Group and Acting Director of the Cornell Theory Center. He is Principal/Co-principal investigator of over $32M in sponsored R&D at Cornell. He specializes in fracture mechanics.

If you missed it… Craig Stevens

Please watch and share. Many people have told us that Susquehanna, PA resident Craig Stevens is “the best presenter I’ve ever seen in my life.”

his event was sponsored by a group that soon after became SAVE S-VE (Spencer-Van Etten) and RAFT (Residents Against Fracking Tioga) with cosponsorship by CPNY.
Video by Alan McCarty with post-production by Bill Huston for Shaleshock. We thank them both.

Stop fracking in Canada

From the Council of Canadians Acting for Social Justice:

Fracking is a technique that involves the injection of millions of litres of water and thousands of litres of unidentified chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in the underlying shale rock formations and extract the natural gas below the surface. Fracking for unconventional gas is rapidly expanding in almost every province across Canada.

The Council of Canadians opposes fracking because of its high water use, its high carbon emissions, its impacts on human health, the disruption it causes to wildlife, and the danger it poses to groundwater and local drinking water. We are calling for a country-wide stop to fracking operations. Please click here to support our petition campaign to put pressure on the federal government to step into a leadership role and ensure that our water sources, people’s health and the environment are protected from unnecessary and dangerous pollution.

Fracker Tracker

Communities across the country are raising red flags because of water contamination, green house gas emissions and the impacts on public health. Despite this, industry is expanding across the country at an alarming rate. The fracker tracker is an interactive tool that maps where fracking is happening so communities can share information, learn from and join in fights across the country. Please note these map locations are approximate, if you have more detailed information to offer, please e-mail us at webmaster@canadians.org. View Fracker Tracker in a larger map and read details. Download a text/print version here.

View Fracker Tracker in a larger map and read details.
Download a text/print version here.

MEDIA: Don’t frack with our water, say majority of Canadians in new poll

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking, is facing mounting opposition across the country. A new Environics Research poll commissioned by the Council of Canadians has found that 62% of Canadians support “a moratorium on all fracking for natural gas until all the federal environmental reviews are complete”. Read media release here.


Harper government & fracking

Key campaign blogs

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  • For all campaign blogs opposing fracking, go here


‘Fracker Tracker’


For more information about the Council of Canadians’ position on fracking, please call
1-800-387-7177, or e-mail inquiries@canadians.org.

Hydrofracking Program in Cameron, Wednesday, December 14th

Hydrofracking: The Rest of the Story

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Meeting held at:

The Fire Hall in Cameron, NY

4082 Depot St, off County Route 119

6:00 PM, Program

4:30 PM: Food and beverage available, conversation and informational articles for review.


Panel of Speakers

Jack Ossont, Coalition to Protect New York and Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes:

How Hydrofracking Affects the Southern Tier Region


Art Hunt, Hunt Country Vineyards:

Local Economics and Agricultural Issues


Rachel Treichler, Esq.:

Legal Options, Solutions and Choices for Communities
Free and open to ALL residents of the Southern Tier and town officials who would like to attend.
Hear facts from experienced speakers and members of the Southern Tier Community.
Review articles provided in print from recent and real events!


New York Should Become First State to Ban Fracking: Adelaide Park Gomer

CPNY salutes and thanks Adelaide Park Gomer, who received the Advocacy Award from Common Cause on November 30, 2011, for her tireless work in fighting fracking in New York State. We encourage you to send this to Governor Andrew Cuomo, which you can do via his online form at http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php
December 6, 2011  |  AlterNet
We believe that the pillars of the 21st century are clean water and air, alternative energy, and economic justice,” Gomer said upon receiving the Advocacy Award from Common Cause.

Adelaide Park Gomer, president of the Park Foundation based in Ithaca, New York, received the Advocacy Award from Common Cause for her work fighting fracking. Gomer is as a knowledgeable and passionate defender of independent media, environmental sustainability, and higher education, as well as of democratic and transparent governance.

She and the Park Foundation have been among the staunchest supporters of the antifracking movement in New York, as the gas industry is poised to begin this dangerous, dirty, and destructive practice throughout much of the state, should Governor Andrew Cuomo give it the green light-which could happen very soon despite the overwhelming evidence that fracking poisons air, water, soil and food supply, endangers public health, and shows no long-term economic benefit.

The award was given at a banquet held in New York City on November 29, 2011. Among the guests were many grassroots activists, NGO staff members, and and independent journalists whose antifracking, pro-environmental, or reporting work has been supported by Gomer’s and the Park Foundation’s philanthropy. During her speech, Gomer was interrupted by applause numerous times and received two standing ovations.

Read the speech she delivered in accepting the award. http://www.alternet.org/story/153336/new_york_should_become_the_first_state_to_ban_fracking/

Help! Our Friends in Dimock Need Water Donations & Delivery Trucks/Drivers

We received this plea from Craig Stevens in Dimock, on behalf of the families whose water was poisoned by fracking; Their fresh water delivery is being stopped as of today. Please help if you can, and attend the Rally for Dimock Water next Tuesday, December 6. Craig’s letter was edited lightly.

Hello Friends,

The water deliveries are stopping today 11/30/11 to our friends in Dimock [whose wells were poisoned by fracking].

I am coordinating the donated use and availability of water trucks and drivers from any communities that offer assistance. Penn American Water has stepped up to provide a potable source in Montrose to fill up, unless [you can] fill up at home before driving to Dimock.

The lawyers at Napoli, Bern and Ripka are preparing a liability release form for the donors stating that the water is for shower, bath and laundering only, so we also have to ask people to bring drinking water immediately. If you can’t get water sooner and are coming to the Rally for Dimock Water on 12/06/11, please bring drinking water then in 1, 2.5 or 5 gallon bottles.

If you have a community that is willing to donate the truck and driver, let me know immediately so we can schedule them.

Matt Ryan, the mayor of Binghamton, has agreed to help out. We are asking anyone else interested in helping to contact me ASAP. We are trying to get the first deliveries scheduled for tomorrow or Friday at the very latest.

When we meet on 12/06/11 in Dimock, I will be praising the people who are offering their help and exposing any of those opposing this effort, like [PA governor] Corbett and [DEP head] Krancer.

Please have anyone interested in helping call me ASAP, as we want to recognize them on Tuesday. We encourage more communities to help their neighbors and show the world what good people can do when we think of others instead of ourselves first.

We are also looking for Major Donors or Philanthropists to raise the funds needed to build the Pipeline that was promised but stopped by the DEP and Pa last year.

The cost is in the 12 million dollar range, but we are looking at loan availability. We need a financial backer who believes in the cause at this season of giving.

Today is the time to step up and get this done. As I said at the DEC hearing in Binghamton, ” Three and a half years is Enough.”

Thank you for all you have done and for helping us show our families in Dimock that there are still good people in the world and we are grateful to help if we can.

Thank You.

Craig L. Stevens
6th Generation Landowner
Silver Lake Township, Pa.

You can also write to Craig at clscraigstevens AT earthlink DOT net.

Ohio Allies Need Our Help

Our Ohio allies are truly under siege and are asking for our help.

Ohio is getting all the frack waste that Pennsylvania makes but does not allow to be dumped in PA. Now there’s a huge industry push to lease land in OH and take away people’s rights to protect themselves from harm.

This event is a protest in response to a huge industry conference being held on 11/30, when industry will be gleefully divvying up the anticipated spoils. Ohio needs a huge presence on the other side and as much media and public attention as possible.

Our Ohio friends would be grateful for our help in displaying interstate solidarity in defying this corporate-state usurpation of their rights to, among other things, not be poisoned.

If you can help organize NY or PA folks to go to Youngstown and show a groundswell of support for No Frack Ohio and the many other groups (see poster attached) who are cosponsoring this event, please help out.

Youngstown is about 6.5 hours from Philadelphia, 1:45 hours from Erie, 1:15 hours from Pittsburgh,
3 hours from Buffalo, 4 hours from Geneseo, 4.25 hours from Rochester, 6 hours from Binghamton, 5.5 hours from Ithaca, 7.5 hours from NYC.


General link: www.nofrackohio.com
Registration also at: www.tinyurl.com/c8y5eh7
Facebook event page: www.tinyurl.com/OhioFrackProtest

Your help is needed to get the word out about the Nov 30 anti-fracking action organized by and for Ohio citizens. Please share the attached flyer (also pasted below) with friends and neighbors and encourage them to come by bus, carpool or any other way to stand with fellow Ohioans in Youngstown on Nov 30th.

The drilling industry is moving aggressively to gather more and more leases, they’re spending big dollars on slick tv and radio ads, and now they’re pressuring ODNR to take away even more local community rights.

·         The oil and natural gas industry helped write HB 278. This law took away local control so that zoning laws no longer apply to fracking.
·         The oil and natural gas industry pushed through SB 108 and HB 133 so now fracking can take place in all of our state parks, state nature preserves, and university lands.
·         7 of our federal environmental laws exempt fracking and drilling activity from EPA regulation.
·        Toxic fracking waste from New York and Pennsylvania is coming to our beautiful state of Ohio and being injected underground.

On November 30th they’re holding their first Ohio industry conference in Youngstown – a day for companies interested in getting in on the gas and oil extraction business in our state.  A day of protest, learning, and building relationships for anti-fracking action has been organized concurrent with this industry expo.


November 14, 2011
CONTACT: Kate Bartholomew, 607-226-7371 (mobile)

WATKINS GLEN, NY –The Coalition to Protect New York is calling for its members and affiliated organizations and allies to join in a public denouncement of the DEC’s series of public hearings on the revised draft supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) scheduled to begin this week.

“The DEC’s hearings are a sham,” said Maura Stephens of Tioga County, a cofounder of the Coalition to Protect New York. “The SGEIS is an embarrassment and a joke. And the DEC itself is a conflicted travesty of what it should be.”

Regulatory agencies were intended to protect people and nature, but they’ve instead become permitting agencies serving industry and enabling politicians to avoid making hard decisions. “We the People know this,” said Stephens, “and we defy this insult to our intelligence and sovereignty. By publically declaring this truth, we are using the DEC’s hearings as an educational opportunity to reveal the fundamental flaws in the system.”

The first hearing will be held on Wednesday, November 16, in Dansville and the second on Thursday, November 17, in Binghamton. Each has two sessions: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

Coalition members will join in the press conference and rally to eliminate fracking in New York State outside the hearings, and send various representatives inside to make a statement on behalf of the coalition.

“We do encourage people to send in written comments if they choose,” said Kate Bartholomew of Schuyler County, also a cofounder of CPNY. “But we want to make a strong, unified statement in person. These forums are being held simply to mollify the public and make us feel as if we’re being heard. The DEC is ‘triple-dipping’—having us comment on a draft SGEIS at the same time we are asked to comment on draft regulations and permits that are to be derived from the finalized version of that same SGEIS.

“But, let’s face it, our health and well-being, and our previously submitted tens of thousands of informed, fact-based arguments apparently don’t sufficiently concern the DEC or Gov. Cuomo. If they did, we’d already have eliminated fracking in New York State.”

There is plentiful and well-publicized evidence that the process of fracking poisons water, air, and food supplies; and that it sickens and kills people. Any economic boon it might bring is short-term and benefits a few, while others gain nothing except pollution and a destroyed quality of life. As Cornell Professor Robert Howarth has pointed out, it contributes to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and therefore hastens catastrophic climate change.

“Fracking is a crime on many levels,” said Jack Ossont of Yates County, another CPNY cofounder. “And we don’t regulate crimes, we penalize criminals.”

CPNY and other groups believe that fracking must be removed from the oversight of an executive (governor)-controlled agency (DEC) and put in the hands of the courts, where criminal class C felonies are decided by a jury of our peers.

New Law Criminalizes Fracking
CPNY has strongly endorsed a new law being unveiled on Wednesday in several venues across the state, including Dansville. At a noon press conference, CPNY General Council allies FrackBustersNY and SPAN (Sovereign People’s Action Network) will share NYS Public Law No. 1, written by grass-roots anti-fracking activists from around the state.

Members of CPNY feel this law is truly “. . . of the people, by the people and for the people.” In summary, the law “amends the penal code to criminalize hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and related activity, and to subject all persons, corporations and government entities that engage in fracking and related activity to criminal penalties.”

This means that anyone engaging in fracking or fracking-related activities is committing a crime, and if convicted will pay a steep fine and do serious jail time.

Ossont pointed out, “We’re not talking about the poor guy driving the frack-water waste truck. We’re talking about corporate officers, administrators and directors—those legally accountable to the citizens.”

CPNY urges its members and affiliates to carpool to the press conference Wednesday at noon and rally at 5 p.m. outside the hearings (1-4 and 6-9 p.m.) in Dansville. Also urged is attendance at the press conference at noon and the rally at 5 p.m. outside the hearings in Binghamton (Thurs., 1-4 and 6-9 p.m.).

Those who decide to speak inside at the hearings are urged to preface their three minutes of remarks with a statement highlighting that the hearings are a sham, and that the entire regulatory process simply grants permits to poison. Further, that the speaker does not recognize any authority or legitimacy of the regulatory system but is simply there to make a statement for the public record.

FrackBusters NY Goes Public with Criminalization Law!

CPNY affiliate FrackBusters NY has unveiled Public Law No. 1 in the NYS Penal Code — a law that criminalizes fracking and frackers. We all know fracking and related activities are a crime against people and nature. We don’t “regulate” crimes. We prosecute them, and make the criminals pay. This law imposes stiff penalties on criminals who engage in fracking or water withdrawal for fracking or transportation of fracking materials or wastes through New York State. The penalties include fines and jail time for corporate officers and executives of fracking companies. Read NYS Public Law Number 1.

Author S. Brian Willson – “Blood on the Tracks,” Nov. 10, 7PM, Unitarian Church, Ithaca

Thurs. Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
1st Unitarian Church of Ithaca (corner of N. Aurora and Buffalo)

Brian will be introduced by Fred Wilcox, whose new book is “Scorched Earth: The Legacy of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam.’ Fred also wrote the signature book ‘Waiting for an Army to Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange.”

(Amy Goodman on Brian Willson) “Today we spend the hour with a man who put his life on the line twice: once when he served in the Vietnam War and again when he came back. On September 1, 1987, Brian Willson took part in a nonviolent political action outside the Concord Naval Weapons Station in California. He sat down on the train tracks along with two other veterans to try to stop a U.S. government munitions train sending weapons to Central America during the time of the Contra wars. The train didn’t stop. Willson suffered 19 broken bones and a fractured skull, and lost both of his legs. ‘Before, I had spent many months in Nicaragua in the war zones, and I had been to El Salvador talking to guerrillas and talking to human rights workers, understanding the incredible extent of murders that were going on and maimings and displacements, because of fear of being murdered,’ Willson said. ‘I have to at least escalate my own nonviolent occupation, if you will, of the tracks.’ In retrospect, Willson added, ‘I regret that I lost my legs, but I don’t regret that I was there. I did what I said I was going to do… Following orders, I discovered, is not what I’m about.’ ”

This is pertinent to the fight against fracking on many levels: The right of people to protect themselves from poisoning by heartless corporate-state collusionists, the long-term consequences of environmental toxicity in our lives, and our obligations as individuals to fight back when we or others are being abused and threatened.

Sponsors: UU Social Justice Council, Veterans Fellowship of Reconciliation, Veterans For Peace- Ithaca Ch. 038, and Buffalo Street Books. For further information call Jim Murphy (607) 319-0980 or email ivetsfor@gmail.com.