April 21, 2012

Two Rochester Area Events April 24

Tuesday, April 24, 6:30-8:30PM

Local Impacts of Fracking and the Cost of Doing Nothing
at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
David and Helen Slottje,

A public forum on how to use local government land-use authority to protect public health, safety, and community assets in the face of high-impact land uses such as gas drilling.  

With the assistance of CEDC, more than 80 cities, towns and villages across upstate NY have enacted, or are in the process of enacting, protective laws to either safeguard their community from anticipated impacts of industrial-scale gas drilling, or to give their community “breathing room” to evaluate whether allowing such impacts would be in the best interests of the community as a whole. 

The Slottjes will present an hour-long slideshow describing these protective laws. They will also explain why they believe it is critically important that municipalities enact such laws prior to the time that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation begins issuing hydrofracking drilling permits under its soon-to-be released Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. Following the presentation, Mr. and Mrs. Slottje will be available to take questions. 

CEDC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public interest law firm focused on assisting communities in obtaining the benefit of environmental and land-use laws. CEDC works pro bono (free). Helen Holden Slottje is CEDC’s Managing Attorney, and David Slottje is CEDC’s Senior Attorney and Executive Director. 

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 
Albright Auditorium, St. Clair St., Geneva, NY 14456 (campus map)
Co-Sponsored by 
The Finger Lakes Institute, Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition, Inc., and 
Concerned Citizens of Seneca County, Inc.


Tuesday, April 24, 7:30PM

The Future of Shale Gas in New York at the University of Rochester

Tom Wilber  - reading from and discussing his new book: 
Under the Surface: 
Fracking, Fortunes and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale
Wilber has spent years intertwining key players and local residents on all side of the Marcellus Shale issue, first as a reporter covering business, health and environmental issues for the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin and later while preparing his book. From 1992 to 2005 he taught various journalism courses as an adjunct instructor at Broome Community College and Binghamton University.

University of RochesterHubbell Auditorium, Hutchinson Hall, Building 3 on the map of River Campus
Open parking in Trustee Lot (opposite Building 3 on map) after 7PM.

Admission is free. No registration required. 
Books will be available for sale on site. 

Tom Wilbur's blog: 

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