September 16, 2014

Climate March Week

This is a very busy week for those concerned with the climate changes facing our future.  Continuing with dirty fossil fuel energy is not in our best interests!  Lots of actions are taking place this week and weekend.  See the Events page for happenings in the Rochester area and links to the NY Climate March on Sept 21.   Also, be sure to look at the Film page here for a direct link to the new film:
Disruption.

Food and Water Watch has just released  The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking.  Read about the report and follow the direct links at http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blogs/to-save-the-climate-we-need-a-ban-on-fracking/

September 12, 2014

Gov Cuomo in Rochester NY

What:    Rally to BAN FRACKING outside Cuomo's Fundraiser in Webster, NY


When:   Wednesday, September 17 at 4:30pm
Where: Outside of 420 Windward Shores, Webster, NY

Please invite your friends in the Rochester area on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/966867853330749/
Governor Andrew Cuomo is having a fundraiser on Wednesday, September 17th for his re-election campaign. Governor Cuomo's donors and supporters will be there, so it's important that the anti-fracking and pro-renewable energy movement are also present to leave an impression! Fracking in New York would put our health, air, land, and water at risk and we need to show Governor Cuomo that if he fracks New York, Rochester will remember in November. We must urge Governor Cuomo to not move forward with fracking and instead invest in sustainable, stable jobs in renewable energy. Let's bring our signs, our voices, and the facts on the dangers of fracking and tell Governor Cuomo: NO FRACKING WAY!

September 02, 2014

more reports

Report after report after report.   We know the serious risks.  It's time to ban fracking and push 120% with renewable, sustainable energy.  Remember to vote your convictions.

Evidence is in: NY Daily News

Fracking Companies Running Out of Sand
http://www.businessinsider.com/morgan-stanley-forecasts-sand-demand-growth-2014-9

Science Daily.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140828115309.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28Latest+Science+News+--+ScienceDaily%29

Drilling Waste Records Don't Add up : http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2014/09/02/report-drilling-waste-records-dont-add-up/ 

Perhaps this is the year when all citizens will vote their conscience and not just blindly on a party line:

Astorino: Republican Candidate Supports  Fracking
http://www.dansvilleonline.com/article/20140831/NEWS/140839984

Rob Astorino, Zephyr Teachout to debate Sept. 4 http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2014/08/25/astorino-teachout-zephyr-debate/14568531/

The Governor’s Primary in New York http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/opinion/editorial-governor-cuomo-ethics-reform-hinders-endorsement-zephyr-teachout.html

 

Frack the Gulf?

There are no words to express my deepest shock and horror over the news that the Obama administration's energy policies have allowed the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to auction for lease the Gulf of Mexico for corporations to use hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and gas.  

Steve Horn's article at desmogblog.com: 

Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease

Today might be a great day to drop Pres Obama a note!

August 22, 2014

Governor Teachout ??

Personally I have not made up my mind as yet about who I will vote for in the Governor's race for NYS.  (Of course that certainly does not include Mr Astorino, who appalls me beyond reproach!)  My heart and mind tend to be in two different places with regards to voting for Gov Cuomo.  So in all fairness I believe Zephyr Teachout deserves to thorough look.   We cannot go into major shale gas industrialization in NY (to "be like Texas")  and continue to live in a healthy, sustainable environment  and economy.  NY is not the doom and gloom Mr Astorino portrays.  We are moving in the right direction of solid sustainable growth and development without destructive shale gas drilling.

Zephyr seems to be the one addressing this issue squarely on the head.  She is worth reading about and deserves a serious look.  Gov Cuomo - you need to be publicly affirmative on which direction you stand.  No more painful silence .... "waiting for the science".  

August 11, 2014

DEC Proposal for Storage Regulations

DEC Proposes Updates to Petroleum, Used Oil and Chemical Storage Regulations - A New NYSDEC Press Release

DEC Proposes Updates to Petroleum, Used Oil and Chemical Storage Regulations

Public Comment Period on Proposed Changes to Run Through November 4, 2014

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has proposed changes to update and consolidate Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) and Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS) regulations, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The proposed changes would clarify existing requirements and should therefore make it easier for those who store bulk amounts of petroleum or hazardous substances/chemicals in tank systems to comply with equipment and handling standards needed to prevent contamination of soil, groundwater, surface water and public water supplies.  ...


July 17, 2014

Industrialize? Finger Lakes Rally July 14

Citizens from Schuyler County and many areas around the Finger Lakes region traveled to Watkins Glen July 14 to again oppose the Crestwood project for storing liquid propane gas in the salt caverns around and under Seneca Lake.  The county resolution, passed in June, leaves serious questions regarding the true representation of the people of the county as well as specific questions regarding the conflict of interests of Mr Fagan and the legality of the June meeting procedures.


Many of the accounts about the rally on July 14 missed the full story of the activities on that day.  There were close to 500 people attending (inside and outside) .... not just a couple of hundred as reported in a few articles.  The rally was informative and unifying.   By the end of the long evening and again a 5-3 vote to keep the Crestwood project resolution in tact, the large crowd was upset ...but determined as ever to continue this cause. 

Click on the video for more of the full evening's rally.


 
Making the beautiful, productive agricultural and tourist regions of Seneca Lake and the Finger Lakes into an industrialized hub for the transportation and storage of liquid propane gas is beyond reasonable intelligent thought!

The conflict, in all of it's many levels, is not an issue that concerns just Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake.  Everyone in NYS has a stake in the outcome of Gov Cuomo's and the DEC's decision on this project

When it comes down to it - the citizen voice has power.  So does our vote.  NY State is not the place for HVHF for shale gas and definitely not a state suited to pipelines, compressors, massive trucking, train loads of crude oil tanker cars and storage of LPG.  These seem like separate, piecemeal issues yet they are not.  New Yorkers have a choice to either continue a destructive path of the fossil fuel corporate giants or move forward with research and development of alternative, safe energy sources.   Be sure to ask every town, county and state representative their views on this issue so you will be properly informed to vote this November.  Use your power.