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FERC's Public Hearings on the Constitution Pipeline

Wednesday, April 23, 7:00PM
Dresser Auditorium
Murphy Professional Building
St. Bonaventure University
Bonaventure, NY
Q & A to follow w/ filmmakers.
Friday, April 25, 7:00PM
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
Q & A to follow w/ filmmakers.
Saturday, April 26, 7;00PM
Sanctuary for Independent Media
3361 6th Avenue
Troy, NY
Q & A to follow w/ filmmakers.
For more information, visit Triple Divide Investigative documentary examining the impacts of fracking the Marcellus Shale in PA.

TO TILL AND TO TEND: ENERGY NEEDS AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ON WESTCHESTER'S COMMUNITIES

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014, 7:00 PM
Temple Israel Center,
280 Old Mamaroneck Road,
White Plains, New York
For more information: 914-948-2800
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - FREE OF CHARGE
Hear experts discuss the impacts and the solutions of the natural gas infrastructure build-out as it sweeps accross the tri-state area. Speakers include former NYC DEP Commissioner Albert F. Appleton; Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, M.D., MPH; Economist Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D. and Attorney and Chairwoman of LWV of NY's Committee on Energy, Agriculture and the Environment Elisabeth N. Radow.




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TAXPAYERS PAY...

Each time New York issues a permit for an oil or gas well, $100 goes into an oil and gas account that is supposed to pay for plugging the thousands of abandoned and sometimes leaking oil and gas wells that pockmark the state. But the $159,000 dollars now in this industry-funded account is dwarfed by the $2 million in taxpayer money set aside for the same purpose—and taxpayers have had to cough up millions more to pay for EPA well-plugging operations that have sealed hundreds of New York wells in recent years.


...DRILLING DOESN'T

But while New York taxpayers pay to clean up the mess left behind by the fossil fuel industry, they get very little in return. According to a report from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, the state's 10,661 producing oil and gas wells generate an average of just $292 in local taxes—that's barely enough to cover the cost of filling a few potholes caused by a heavy drilling rig.

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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF
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Read Selected Documents Authored by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D.

Can New York Learn from Texas?. Economist Jannette Barth's latest analysis of the economic impact of shale gas plays.

Read more about LNG exports by entering the word "exports" in the Search feature of our website.



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$500 million lien on Ohioville resident's property
    Garry Miller was refused refinancing on his mortgage due to a $500 million lien against his property. January 3, 2014.

Deep Drilling,Deep Pocketsin New York State Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures by Fracking Interests to In?uence Public Policy
    Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures by Fracking Interests to Influence Public Policy, Common Cause, New York, January 2014.

Will Fracking Bring the Soldiers Home?
    By Kathryn Russell, State University of New York at Cortland, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, November 26, 2013.

What is TPP? How Secret Trade Deals Hurt Our Families
    Mitch Jones, Common Resources Director for Food & Water Watch comments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. January 15, 2014. (Video: 2:00)

Radio: Connect The Dots Fracking in NY: The Bust Cycle
    Alison Rose Levy's program Connect The Dots Engineer and fracking expert, Professor Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University discusses the downsides of fracking in shallow shale of the type found in New York State. January 15, 2014.

Pope Francis urged to back fossil fuel divestment campaign
    His Holiness Pope Francis I The Holy See Vatican City State Italy. Your Holiness, We have been heartened by the news that you are writing an encyclical on caring for Creation. This is indeed a most pressing issue facing humanity – we have clearly failed in the divine instruction to be 'caretakers of God's world' and need to most urgently address our shortcomings. We would like to offer some reflections, informed by our values as religious organisations and analyses of the current situation globally.

Toward a better understanding and quantification of methane emissions from shale gas development
    Authors: Dana R. Caulton, Paul B. Shepson, Renee L. Santoroc, Jed P. Sparks, Robert W. Howarth, Anthony R. Ingraffea, Maria O. L. Cambaliza, Colm Sweeney, Anna Karion, Kenneth J. Davis, Brian H. Stirm, Stephen A. Montzka, and Ben R. Miller for PNAS.org

Environmental Public Health Dimensions of Shale and Tight Gas Development
    authors: Seth B. Shonkoff, Jake Hays, and Madelon L. Finkel. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Advanced PUblication 4-16-2014

Video: Binghamton Home Rule Forum 2-18-14
    4 videos--1 hour, 35 minutes. Published on Apr 16, 2014 League of Women Voters presents Joe Heath and Deborah Goldberg discussion home rule in NY. Deborah focuses on the topic "Can my town ban fracking" and Joe discusses the nature of Home Rule. Posted by ShaleShock Media. Introduction (Part 1), Deborah Goldberg (Part 2), Joe Heath (Part 3) , and Q&A (Part 4).

Case Studies: Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Natural Gas Development
    Posted April 10, 2014. Researchers with the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative set out to document the impact of shale drilling on the economy, community, government agencies, and human services in four counties with significant shale development – Carroll County in Ohio, Greene and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania, and Wetzel County in West Virginia. Using publicly available data, press reports, and local interviews, the collaborative has identified both the benefits and costs of drilling, and ways in which these communities have been transformed as a result.

Powering Forward: Presidential and Executive Agency Actions to Drive Clean Energy in America
    Powering Forward: Presidential and Executive Agency Actions to Drive Clean Energy in America Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University Report, January 2014.

Dirty Fuels, CleAN Futures A Call for a National Climate Action Plan that Keeps Dirty Fuels in the Ground
    Sierra Club report authored by Dan Chu, April, 2014 urging President obama to reject dirty fossil fuel projects and maintain our national momentum toward a 100 percent clean-energy future . ?

AT THE INTERSECTION OF WALL STREET AND MAIN: IMPACTS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY INTERESTS, RISK ALLOCATION, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE SECONDARY MORTGAGE MARKET
    By Elisabeth N. Radow, Esq. published in the Albany Law Review

Video: No Fracking Way
    Uploaded on Aug 1, 2011 Kids dressed up like grownups who, unfortunately, are acting like misbehaving children. This video was conceived and directed by Blake Farber with additional footage from Dennis O'Clair and David Morris. Animations by Kimberly Louis. The song is written by Marc Black and performed by him along with John Sebastian, Eric Weissberg, Don Davis, Eric Parker, Mike Esposito and a hundred folks from Woodstock, NY singing along on the chorus.

Understanding exposure from natural gas drilling puts current air standards to the test
    Authors: David Brown*, Beth Weinberger, Celia Lewis and Heather Bonaparte. Case study descriptions of acute onset of res- piratory, neurologic, dermal, vascular, abdominal, and gastrointestinal sequelae near natural gas facilities con- trast with a subset of emissions research, which suggests that there is limited risk posed by unconventional natural gas development (UNGD). Published by DeGruyter in Reviews on Environmental Health. March, 2014

Video: Cabot v, Scroggins March 24, 2014 Part 1
    Interview with Vera Scroggins after March 24, 2014 hearing posted on Evironment TV. In October 2013, Cabot Oil and Gas obtained an injunction against Vera Scroggins, who hasbeen bringing the dangers of fracking to public attention for the last five years through her videos and bus tours of fracking sites in the county where she resides, Susquehanna County, PA.The injunction prohibited Vera from going, not only on the land Cabot owns, but also on the land where Cabot leases the subsurface mineral rights, comprising 40% of the county’s properties. This means that Vera has been effectively barred from going to her grocery store, a number of businesses in town, her local hospital and some of her friends homes.

Video: Vera Scroggins vs Cabot Oil Update. 4/2/14
    5 minute video of confrontation between Cabor and Scroggins lawyers. Next court date is May 1st 2014 @ 9am in Montrose, PA. Cabot Oil and Gas's lawyers attempted to disrupt a press conference by Ms Scroggins and her attorneys. This kind of intensive debate outside a… 00:05:28

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change--WGII AR5 Final Drafts (accepted). Link included edits to the final draft report, summary products, global and sectoral aspects, regional aspects, and cross-chapter resources. Posted March 31, 2014

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability SUMMARY FOR POLICYMAKERS
    IPCC AR5 Summary. March, 2014. Drafting Authors Christopher B. Field (USA), Vicente R. Barros (Argentina), Michael D. Mastrandrea (USA), Katharine J. Mach (USA), Mohamed A.-K. Abdrabo (Egypt), W. Neil Adger (UK), Yury A. Anokhin (Russian Federation), Oleg A. Anisimov (Russian Federation), Douglas J. Arent (USA), Jonathon Barnett (Australia), Virginia R. Burkett (USA), Rongshuo Cai (China), Monalisa Chatterjee (USA/India), Stewart J. Cohen (Canada), Wolfgang Cramer (Germany/France), Purnamita Dasgupta (India), Debra J. Davidson (Canada), Fatima Denton (Gambia), Petra Döll (Germany), Kirstin Dow (USA), Yasuaki Hijioka (Japan), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Australia), Richard G. Jones (UK), Roger N. Jones (Australia), Roger L. Kitching (Australia), R. Sari Kovats (UK), Patricia Romero Lankao (Mexico), Joan Nymand Larsen (Iceland), Erda Lin (China), David B. Lobell (USA), Iñigo J. Losada (Spain), Graciela O. Magrin (Argentina), José A. Marengo (Brazil), Anil Markandya (Spain), Bruce A. McCarl (USA), Roger F. McLean (Australia), Linda O. Mearns (USA), Guy F. Midgley (South Africa), Nobuo Mimura (Japan), John F. Morton (UK), Isabelle Niang (Senegal), Ian R. Noble (Australia), Leonard A. Nurse (Barbados), Karen L. O’Brien (Norway), Taikan Oki (Japan), Lennart Olsson (Sweden), Michael Oppenheimer (USA), Jonathan T. Overpeck (USA), Joy J. Pereira (Malaysia), Elvira S. Poloczanska (Australia), John R. Porter (Denmark), Hans-O. Pörtner (Germany), Michael J. Prather (USA), Roger S. Pulwarty (USA), Andy R. Reisinger (New Zealand), Aromar Revi (India), Oliver C. Ruppel (Namibia), David E. Satterthwaite (UK), Daniela N. Schmidt (UK), Josef Settele (Germany), Kirk R. Smith (USA), Dáithí A. Stone (Canada/South Africa/USA), Avelino G. Suarez (Cuba), Petra Tschakert (USA), Riccardo Valentini (Italy), Alicia Villamizar (Venezuela), Rachel Warren (UK), Thomas J. Wilbanks (USA), Poh Poh Wong (Singapore), Alistair Woodward (New Zealand), Gary W. Yohe (USA)

IPCC WGII AR5 Chapter 26 North America
    Coordinating Lead Authors Patricia Romero-Lankao (Mexico), Joel B. Smith (USA) Lead Authors Debra Davidson (Canada), Noah Diffenbaugh (USA), Patrick Kinney (USA), Paul Kirshen (USA), Paul Kovacs (Canada), Lourdes Villers Ruiz (Mexico) Contributing Authors William Anderegg (USA), Jessie Carr (USA), Anthony Cheng (USA), Thea Dickinson (Canada), Ellen Douglas (USA), Rob de Loë (Canada), Hallie Eakin (USA), Daniel M. Gnatz (USA), Mary Hayden (USA), Maria Eugenia Ibarraran Viniegra (Mexico), Elena Jiménez Cisneros (Mexico), Michael D. Meyer (USA), Amrutasri Nori-Sarma (India), Landy Sánchez Peña (Mexico), Catherine Ngo (USA), Greg Oulahen (Canada), Diana Pape (USA), Ana Peña del Valle (Mexico), Roger Pulwarty (USA), Ashlinn Quinn (USA), Daniel Runfola (USA), Fabiola S. Sosa- Rodrigquez (Mexico), Bradley H. Udall (USA), Fiona Warren (Canada), Kate Weinberger (USA), Tom Wilbanks (USA)

Highly Elevated Atmospheric Levels of Volatile Organic Compounds in the Uintah Basin, Utah
    Environmental Science & Technology study authored by Detlev Helmig, Chelsea Thompson, Jason Evans, and Jeong-Hoo Park and published March 26, 2014

Summary of the Technical Roundtable on EPA’s Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources
    EPA Roundtable dated Dec 9, 2013 and published March, 2014

Estimating the Consumptive Use Costs of Shale Natural Gas Extraction on Pennsylvania Roadways
    For state transportation agencies, one measure of costs of shale gas development is the potential degradation of roadways resulting from shale gas development. Published Feb 18, 2014 by American Society of Civil Engineers

Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight
    Authors: Mark Z. Jacobson, Robert W. Howarth, Mark A. Delucchi, Stan R. Scobie, Jannette M. Barth, Michael J. Dvorak, Megan Klevze, Hind Katkhuda, Brian Miranda, Navid A. Chowdhury, Rick Jones, Larsen Plano, Anthony R. Ingraffea. Study published Feb, 2013

Renewable New York
    Invitation dated March 24, 2014 from Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D. to join Renewable New York at www.RenewableNewYork.org

The 2030 Plan for a fossil-fuel free New York
    Renewable New York organizational plan summary developed by Stanford and Cornell Universities. Posted March, 2014.

Governor of Virginia Letter to Department of Agriculture re: George Washington National Forest
    Letter posted March, 2014

CATF FACT SHEET: NEW RESEARCH -- WHAT WOULD IT COST TO CLEAN UP NATURAL GAS LEAKS?!
    March, 2014 Fact Sheet from Clean Air Task Force

Liquid Pipeline: Extreme energy’s threat to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway
    by Maude Barlow for the Council of Canadians Acting for Social Justice Posted March, 2014

PSE STUDY CITATION DATABASE on Shale Gas & Tight Oil Development - See more at: http://psehealthyenergy.org/site/view/1180#sthash.OBitPiaF.dpuf
    This citation database provides bibliographic information, abstracts, and links to many of the vetted scientific papers housed in the PSE Healthy Energy Library, as well as other peer-reviewed journal articles. This database is a near exhaustive and evolving list of the peer-reviewed literature that directly pertains to shale gas and tight oil development. This literature is organized into twelve different categories, including air quality, water quality, climate, public health, and regulations. PSE Healthy Energy does not necessarily support the methods and the findings of the studies included in this database.

Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in the Appalachian Basin: Workshop Summary
    National Academies of Science. Anne Linn, Rapporteur; Committee on the Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources in the Appalachian Basin; Committee on Earth Resources; Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; Water Science and Technology Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Research Council

Shale Gas, Wind and Water: Assessing the Potential Cumulative Impacts of Energy Development on Ecosystem Services within the Marcellus Play
    by Jeffrey S. Evans and Joseph M. Kiesecker Published: February 19, 2014 by PLOS One

Taming hurricanes with arrays of offshore wind turbines
    Published by Nature Climate Change (Feb 26, 2014); Authors: Mark Z. Jacobson, Cristina L. Archer and Willett Kempton

OVERVIEW OF THE WATER-ENERGY NEXUS IN THE UNITED STATES
    Feb 19, 2014 Report from National Conference of State Legislatures

Matrix Complications in the Determination of Radium Levels in Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback Water Fracturing Flowback Water from Marcellus Shale
    by Andrew W. Nelson, Dustin May, Andrew W. Knight, Eric S. Eitrheim, Marinea Mehrhoff, Robert Shannon, Robert Litman, and Michael K. Schultz

No fracking way: how the EU-US trade agreement risks expanding fracking
    March, 2014 Prepared by: Natacha Cingotti (Friends of the Earth Europe); Pia Eberhardt (Corporate Europe Observatory), Timothé Feodoroff (Transnational Institute), Antoine Simon (Friends of the Earth Europe), Ilana Solomon (Sierra Club)

Video: No Second Chance
    County legislators from New York talk about their decision to prohibit the procurement, acquisition, storage, handling, treatment, processing, application or disposal of all treated or untreated oil and gas drilling waste byproducts in their respective counties.

On Shaky Ground: Fracking, Acidizing, and Increased Earthquake Risk in California
    March, 2014 Study by Jhon Arbelaez, Shaye Wolf, Ph.D., and Andrew Grinberg for Earthworks, Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Wter Action

Methane Leaks from North American Natural Gas Systems
    Science Magazine A. R. Brandt, G. A. Heath, E. A. Kort, F. O'Sullivan, G. Pétron, S. M. Jordaan, P. Tans, J. Wilcox, A. M. Gopstein, D. Arent, S. Wofsy, N. J. Brown, R. Bradley, G. D. Stucky, D. Eardley, and R. Harriss Science 14 February 2014: 733-735

Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas
    by Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer, Feb 18, 2014 reported by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel.

Oil & Gas State Land Leasing: Draft Outline for Communication Plan (8/20/12)
    Draft Plan created in Ohio to support fracking in state lands. Posted Feb, 2014

FERC says no environmental impacts. What about these?
    Factsheet from www.StopThePipeline.org. Posted Feb, 2014

Project SWIFT: Shale-Water Interaction Forensic Tools
    Developing sensitive tests for detecting contamination associated with shale bed methane production in the Appalachian Basin by Syracuse University. Posted Feb, 2014.

The Rapid Industrialization of Frac Sand
    Food and Water Watch, Jan 2014 The swift proliferation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has brought a host of environmentalandpublichealthimpacts, including those associated with the increased demand for industrial silica sand.

Shale gas risk assessment for Maryland
    Report for Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Citizen Shale by Ricardo-AEA/R dated Feb 11, 2014

Long-Term Energy Development Has Negative Impacts on Counties Fossil Fuel Specialization Leads to Lower Per Capita Income, More Crime and Less Educational Attainment
    Headwaters Economics/December, 2013 Executive Summary

Long-Term Energy Development Has Negative Impacts on Western Counties - See more at: http://headwaterseconomics.org/energy/western-counties-fossil-fuel-development#sthash.FLBAhGm5.dpuf
    Prolonged oil and natural gas specialization leads to lower per capita income, more crime, and less educational attainment December 2013

Oil and Gas Extraction as an Economic Development Strategy in the American West: A Longitudinal Performance Analysis, 1980-2011
    Study by Headwaters Economics by Julia Haggerty, Patricia H. Gude, Mark Delorey, Ray Rasker

Video: Health Commissioner Nirav Shah Testimony Feb 3rd, 2014 ( 02/02/2014) (Complete)
    3 Hours 22 Minutes. Dr. Shah says the review when completed will be open for peer review. Not that Joe Martens will wait for this review to approve fracking.

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING & WATER STRESS: Water Demand by the Numbers
    February 2014 A Ceres Report Authored by Monika Freyman Shareholder, Lender & Operator Guide to Water Sourcing

Map: Water Competition for Shale Development in North America
    Accompanies report Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress.

Economic Realities of Shale Gas Development in New York State February 2014
    Submitted to accompany verbal testimony presented at Feb 4th Public Forum Hosted by Senator Tony Avella, Albany, New York, titled “Economic Realities of Hydrofracking” Prepared by Jannette M. Barth, Ph.D., Economist, Pepacton Institute LLC

Binghamton University Frack Busters Video
    Jan 31, 2014. 2 hours. New York Shale gas potential – at Binghamton University in Vestal, New York. Posted on NoFrackingWay by Chip Northrup.

U.S. Department of State Keystone XL Pipeline Project: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS)
    Jan, 2014 Applicant for Presidential Permit: TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, LP

Birth Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Rural Colorado
    by Lisa M. McKenzie, Ruixin Guo, Roxana Z. Witter, David A. Savitz, Lee S. Newman, and John L. Adgate Received: 27 February 2013 Accepted: 28 January 2014 Advance Publication: 28 January 2014

Trouble Brewing in the Great Lakes
    Food and Water Watch, January 2014. But the industry, seemingly hard pressed to make North America the leading producer of oil and gas, is putting the integrity of the Great Lakes in danger with the development of Alberta’s toxic tar sands oil and intensive energy extraction methods such as hydraulic fracturing.

EPA's Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources
    On December 9, 2013, EPA reconvened the study’s Technical Roundtable. Subject-matter experts discussed the outcomes of the 2013 Technical Workshops, stakeholder engagement, and plans for the draft assessment report expected to be released in December 2014. Technical Workshops and Roundtable Materials are available at the EPA link.

Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil and Gas Wells in Waters Offshore California
    Letter from 150 environmental organizations to the California Coast Commission asking to halt offshore fracking, December 12, 2013.


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FAST-TRACKING LNG EXPORTS

Take Action!

Despite the fact that U.S. natural gas cannot conceivably be used to help ease tensions in the Ukraine, the current crisis is being furiously exploited to fast track natural-gas exports. If industry lobbyists get their way, the federal government will be prohibited from restricting exports even when they are not in the national interest.

H.R. 6, hypocritically named "The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act" could deliver American energy resources into the hands of our rivals and undermine our economy by stripping American industry of a price advantage it now enjoys.

With the White House sitting on the sidelines and few politicians willing to stand up to the fossil fuel industry, responsible leadership on this issue is practically nonexistent. Some of the few voices of reason are coming from corporations such as Dow Chemical and Alcoa, whose leaders point out that unfettered gas exports will lead to higher energy costs for American consumers and manufacturers—and American-made products will be more expensive, and therefore less competitive, in the world market.

Please take action today. Tell your congressional representatives that the federal government must continue to review all licenses for gas export terminals—and not allow those that will undermine our economy and energy security.


FERC IGNORES EPA EXPORT CONCERNS

Although the Obama administration continues to ignore the fact that gas exports will inevitably lead to more fracking, three of the Environmental Protection Agency's ten regional offices have broken ranks and explicitly connected exports with the harmful "upstream impacts" of shale gas extraction.

EPA Region 6 is the latest to criticize the environmental review of an export facility prepared by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which licenses energy infrastructure projects. Region 6 determined that FERC's draft environmental impact statement is deficient because it fails to "consider the extent to which implementation of the proposed project could increase the demand for domestic natural gas extraction, as well as potential environmental impacts." These comments were made with regard to Sempra's Cameron Liquefaction project to be constructed in Louisiana.

Two other regional EPA offices previously faulted FERC's environmental review of two other export projects—one on the Atlantic seaboard, the other in the Pacific Northwest. Although FERC is required by law to certify that infrastructure projects serve "public convenience and necessity," it persists in turning a blind eye to the devastating impact that fracking is having on human health and the American landscape.

NO MORE BUSINESS AS USUAL AT FERC

FERC's failure to consider whether or not gas infrastructure projects are in the public interest was one of several concerns outlined in a Catskill Citizens petition hosted by CREDO and signed by over 100,000 Americans that was delivered to FERC headquarters in Washington, DC on April 17th. The petition demanded a moratorium on new gas infrastructure projects until the industry addresses the thousands of gas leaks, compressor station fires, and pipeline explosions that bedevil our gas transmission system.


LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT ON NEW YORK'S FRACK-FUELED ENERGY PLAN

Take Action!

The deadline for public comment on New York's flawed Energy Plan is April 30th. If you haven't already done so, please take a minute and submit these letters, which highlight the Plan's serious defects. You can send these letters as written, or rewrite them, adding your own comments.

DETAILS EMERGE ABOUT NEW YORK'S SECRET HEALTH REVIEW

Back in February 2013, NYS Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah announced that he anticipated delivering a completed Public Health Review of fracking to the DEC "within a few weeks." Now, more than a year later, Dr. Shah is resigning, and his health review still hasn't seen the light of day.

All along the Cuomo administration has insisted on conducting this review in secret, but recently clues about what it might contain have begun to emerge.

In March, John Adgate of the School of Public Health, one of three outside experts retained by the Department of Health, published Potential Public Health Hazards, Exposures and Health Effects from Unconventional Natural Gas Development, which found that communities near gas wells must cope with "air pollutants, ground and surface water contamination, truck traffic and noise pollution, accidents and malfunctions, and psychosocial stress associated with community change."


Illustration of fracking impacts from the abstract of the Adgate study.
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The Adgate study also pointed out, "no comprehensive population-based studies of the public health effects of [unconventional natural gas] operations exist."

Then on April 21, the Seneca Lakes Pure Water Association released thousands of documents related to the health study that it had obtained from the Department of Health under the Freedom of Information Law (and threat of lawsuit.) The organization is in the process of scanning these documents and making them available on its website.


Curious what Cuomo will do about fracking? Watch how he handles Port Ambrose.
By Bruce Ferguson


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May 1, 2014
THROWING SHADE
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EDWARD HUMES

Fearing lost profits, the nation's investor-owned utilities are moving to blot out the solar revolution.   [Full Story]

May 1, 2014
Earthquakes and the Texas Miracle
D MAGAZINE
BRANTLEY HARGROVE

In the nearly 35 years since she’d anchored her dinner bell on these 11 and a half acres, she’d never felt an earthquake until November 6, 2013. She could look back 150 years, and the historical record would bear no evidence of seismic activity in the area until now. Yet in the last month, there had...  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2014
Feds asked to beef up planned state air pollution tests at Albany port
Times Union
Brian Nearing

Albany An environmental group working with Albany South End residents is urging the federal government to step in over concerns that a proposed state air-testing plan for the Port of Albany is too weak. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is planning tests next month for potenti...  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2014
Joe Biden Promotes U.S. as Fracking Missionary Force
Counterpunch
STEVE HORN

During his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama’s “U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine.” A key part of the package involves promoting the deployment of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Ukraine. Dean Neu, professor of accounting a...  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2014
Wyoming Gas Explosion Prompts Evacuation of Town
ABC News
AP

Residents and emergency crews are waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming. No injuries were reported in the explosion Wednesday afternoon in Opal (Oh-PAL'). The town of about 95 people about 100 miles northea...  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2014
Baker Hughes phasing out 'trade secrets' in FracFocus disclosure
E&E Publishing
Mike Soraghan

One of the country's major providers of hydraulic fracturing services plans to begin disclosing all the chemicals it uses in "fracking" fluid, without exceptions for trade secrets. The policy of Baker Hughes Inc., rolled out quietly on an unheralded page of its website, is a split with competitors,...  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2014
Erin Brockovich Joins Vets to Rally Against DOJ’s Position in Supreme Court Water Pollution Case
EcoNews


Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, dozens of military veterans and watchdog groups rallied yesterday to voice frustration over the federal government’s support of a known polluter in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2014
Oil Industry Ad Is ‘Stupid and Offensive’ Says Cowboy Indian Alliance
EcoNews


After the State Department issued a blow to Keystone XL proponents last Friday by delaying a final decision on the project, the oil industry’s main front group, the American Petroleum Institute (API), is lashing out at pipeline opponents.  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2014
Baker Hughes phasing out 'trade secrets' in FracFocus disclosure
E & E Newswire
Mike Soraghan

One of the country's major providers of hydraulic fracturing services plans to begin disclosing all the chemicals it uses in "fracking" fluid, without exceptions for trade secrets. The policy of Baker Hughes Inc., rolled out quietly on an unheralded page of its website, is a split with competitors,...  [Full Story]

Apr 24, 2014
Hey, frackers — don’t mess with our beer!
Boulder Weekly
Bob Berwyn

Brewer concerns reflect wider unease with fracking boom As a red-blooded American beer enthusiast with deep roots in beer culture, I got a little riled up when I read a press release a few months ago from a group of brewers concerned about the potential impacts of fracking to their water supplies. ...  [Full Story]




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