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WHAT YOU CAN DO
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THE SOLUTIONS GRASSROOTS TOUR
TUESDAY, JULY 29th, 7:30PM
SUNY Oneonta, NY
Presented by Gasland Director Josh Fox, featuring Gasland's John Fenton and co-sponsored by Catskill Citizens & others.
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Theatrical production & workshop providing audience members with tools and resources to build renewable energy.
People's Climate March
Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21, 2014
New York, NY
In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.
Register at peopleclimatemarch.org.
HOME RULE AFFIRMED, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
It's over. New York's highest court has ruled towns have the right to ban fracking. The seventy-nine towns with bans in place no longer have to worry about being sued. Town boards that once feared expensive lawsuits are now free to take action—and pro-fracking municipal officials who have used lawsuit concerns as an excuse for inaction now stand exposed. Some towns are already moving to adopt new bans—and you can be sure that citizens all across the state will be showing up at town meetings and demanding protective ordinances.
Map by Karen Edelstein and FracTracker. (Click Photo to Enlarge)
In its decision, the Court of Appeals found that the state legislature has the right to pass a law that would invalidate local bans, but that seems unlikely in the current political climate. The big question is, what does the ruling mean for towns without bans? Well, that depends on who's elected governor this fall. There is widespread concern that if Governor Cuomo is reelected he will use the Court of Appeals decision to open New York to fracking while claiming he's respecting "the will of the people"—communities that want fracking can have it, and communities that don't can ban it. Zephyr Teachout, who is challenging Cuomo in the Democratic primary, is calling for a statewide ban, as is Green party candidate Howie Hawkins. The Republican candidate, Rob Astorino, has promised to frack New York on his first day in office.
Don't wait until it's too late. Demand a statewide ban now, before the elections, while we have maximum political leverage.
KEEPING FAITH: RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS DIVEST
Last week, the World Council of Churches, which represents 345 churches with a total of 590 million members, announced that it would no longer invest in fossil-fuel corporations and urged its member churches to follow suit. This is just the latest sign that faith communities are preparing to play a major role in combating climate change. In recent weeks, the Union Theological Seminary and Philadelphia-area Friends (Quakers) also announced they were shedding fossil-fuel investments.
Faith leaders have also begun to speak out on environmental issues with the same moral fervor that is usually used to address human rights. In April, The Guardian published an op ed by South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu calling for an "apartheid style boycott" of the fossil fuel industry. Tutu wrote "people of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change." And Pope Francis has also signaled that stewardship of the planet is likely to be one of his signal issues as head of the Roman Catholic Church. Speaking at an Italian university, he termed the ruthless exploitation of the environment "our sin," and called sustainable development "one of the greatest challenges of our time."
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CCSE UPDATE AND PRESS RELEASES 2014
ECONOMIC IMPACT OF
SHALE GAS DRILLING
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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Dryden & Middlefield Court of Appeals Decision Affirming Lower Court Decisions
Decision June 30, 2014. "Manifestly, Dryden and Middlefield engaged in a
reasonable exercise of their zoning authority as contemplated in
Gernatt when they adopted local laws clarifying that oil and gas
extraction and production were not permissible uses in any zoning
Open Letter from members of Congress to Obama
"To enhance our nations' energy security and reliability and to protect our environment, methane emissions must be reduced. Letter signed by 49 members of Congress. May 14, 2014
UP IN FLAMES: Taxpayers Left Out in the Cold as Publicly Owned Natural Gas is Carelessly Wasted
Western Values Project, May, 2014.
Impact of Industrial Wind Turbines on Residential Property Assessment In Ontario
2012 Assessment Base Year Study. Municipal Property Assessment Corp.
Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps
Authors: Sara Souther, Morgan W Tingley, Viorel D Popescu, David TS Hayman, Maureen E Ryan, Tabitha A Graves, Brett Hartl, and Kimberly Terrell. The Ecological Society of America, 2014.
* Exploitation of oil and gas reserves trapped in shale rock, including the extraction process known as “fracking”, poses substantial and unexplored risks to living creatures
• Understanding the biotic impacts of operations that fracture shale to access reserves is hindered by the unavailability of high-quality data about fracturing fluids, wastewater, and spills or violations
• The risks of chemical contamination from spills, deep well failures, storage leaks, and underground fluid migration are top research priorities
• Cumulative effects of shale development may represent the most severe threats to plants and animals, but are particularly challenging to study
Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Poll July 20-23, 2014 544 Registered Voters in Hudson Valley Southern Tier in New York
Q20. Switching gears, the State Department of Environmental Conservation - or DEC - is expected to soon issue a decision on whether or not to allow hydrofracking - that is, the proposed method to recover natural gas from parts of upstate New York - to move forward. How much have you heard or read about it - a great deal, some, not very much, or nothing at all?
Q21. Do you support or oppose the Department of Environmental Conservation allowing hydrofracking to move forward in parts of upstate New York?
Q22A. Hydrofracking is too dangerous as it leads to unsafe levels of methane gas being released
Q22B. Hydrofracking is important in order to harvest the abundant supply of natural gas that is otherwise currently inaccessible
DRINKING WATER: EPA Program to Protect Underground Sources from Injection of Fluids Associated With Oil and Gas Production Needs Improvement
GAO Report 14-555, June, 2014.
Improvements Needed in EPA Efforts to Address Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Distribution Pipelines
US EPA Inspector General Report 14-P-0324 dated July 25, 2014
Fracking Brussels: A Who's Who of the EU Shale Gas Lobby
Friends of the Earth Europe; author Rachel Tansey, published july, 2014
Shale gas and fracking: examining the evidence
Gwen Harrison, Stuart Parkinson and Gary McFarlane; Published by © Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in July 2014
Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines: Process and Timing of FERC Permit Application Review
by Paul W. Parfomak
Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy November 19, 2013; Congressional Research Servide
DEP’s performance in monitoring potential impacts to water quality from shale gas development, 2009 - 2012
PA DEP Special Performance Audit Report, July 21, 2014.
Development And Integration Of Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned From Germany
Published by FAA Financial Advisory AG (Finadvice), July 2014 by Hans Poser, Jeffrey Altman, Felix ab Egg, Andreas Granata, and Ross Board
Cashing in on all of the above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production SUbSidieS Under obama
OilChange International, July, 2014. Researched and written by Shakuntala Makhijani, with assistance and contributions from Stephen Kretzmann and Elizabeth Bast.
?CATCHING THE WIND: STATE ACTIONS NEEDED TO SEIZE THE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY OF ATLANTIC OFFSHORE WIND POWER
Authors: Catherine Bowes & Amber Hewett –– National Wildlife Federation, 2014.
Shalefield Stories: Personal & Collected Testimonies
Personal & collected stories published by Steel Valley Printers, January, 2014.
Current High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Bans and Moratoria in NY State Movements Against HVHF
Map and list of areas where gas drilling bans and moratoria have been enacted. Posted July 13, 2014. Prepared by FracTracker.
COMPENDIUM OF SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, AND MEDIA FINDINGS DEMONSTRATING RISKS AND HARMS OF FRACKING (UNCONVENTIONAL GAS AND OIL EXTRACTION)
Concerned Health Professionals of NY, July 10, 2014. Contains evidence of risks of air pollution, water contamination, inherent engineering problems, radioactive releases, occupational health and safety hazards, noise pollution, light pollution, strees, earthquake and seismic activity, abandoned & active wells, flood risks, threats to agriculture and soil quality, threats to climate system, inaccurate job claims, increased crime rates, threats to property values and mortgages, inflated estimates of reserves and profitability, disclosure of serious risks to investors, and medical and scientific calls for more study and more transparency.
Broken Ground On the frontlines of a fractured landscape
"Broken Ground" is a project of the David Suzuki Foundation. To learn more about environmental rights in Canada, visit: www.davidsuzuki.org/healthyenvironment
Written by Alvin Singh and Alaya Boisvert, edited by Gail Mainster and Ian Hanington. Site by Point Blank Creative
Fracking in Carroll County, Ohio An impact assessment
April, 2014 report by Policy Matters Ohio, provides impacts in cost and benefits.
pathways to deep decarbonization
Interim 2014 Report by Sustainable Development Solutions Network a Global Initiative for the United Nations, July 8, 2014. The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is a collaborative initiative to understand and show how individual countries can transition to a low-carbon economy and how the world can meet the internationally agreed target of limiting the increase in global mean surface temperature to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C).
Monitoring Forest Change in Landscapes Under-Going Rapid Energy Development: Challenges and New Perspectives
Authors: Paul D. Pickell, Sarah E. Gergel, Nicholas C. Coops and David W. Andison
Published July 2, 2014
Assessment and risk analysis of casing and cement impairment in oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, 2000–2012
Authors: Anthony R. Ingraffeaa,, Martin T. Wells, Renee L. Santoro, and Seth B. C. Shonkoff "The identification of mecha- nisms through which methane may migrate to the atmosphere as fugitive emissions is important to understand the climate dimensions of oil and gas development." Published by PNAS.org
Video: Fracking Goes Global
LinkTV--27 Minutes. (Earth Focus: Episode 52) US domestic gas production is on the rise because of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock by pumping millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals underground at high pressure. Environmentalists say this gas boon threatens water supplies and pollutes air. Now, as fracking expands around the world, so does growing resistance. Earth Focus looks at three countries on the new fracking frontline: South Africa, Poland, and the UK. Reported from South Africa by Jeff Barbee and Andrew Wasley (The Ecologist) from Poland and the UK. Posted June, 2014.
GLOBAL SHALE GAS AND THE ANTI-FRACKING MOVEMENT Developing Union Perspectives and Approaches
Trade Unions for Energy Democracy and Cornell University The Worker Institute, June 2014
Monitoring Water Quality In Areas of Oil and Natural Gas Development: A Guide For Water Well Users
The Colorado Water and Energy Research Center. This guide walks water well users through the process of measuring baseline groundwater quality and quantity. Posted June, 2014
Discussion Paper: Hydraulic Fracturing and Public Health in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Independent Review and Public Engagement Process
Lead Author: Dr. Frank Atherton
Expert Panelists: Dr. Michael Bradfield, Kevin Christmas, Dr. Shawn Dalton, Dr. Maurice Dusseault, Dr. Graham Gagnon, Dr. Brad Hayes, Constance MacIntosh, Dr. Ian Mauro & Mr. Ray Ritcey Supporting Contributors: Margo MacGregor, Sarah Saunders & Dr. David Wheeler
To the Ends of the Earth: A Guide to Unconvential Fossil Fuels
Corporate Watch, June 2014. W hat are they? Where are they found? How are they Extracted?Social and Environmental issues. Climate changec ompanies involved Resistance!
Hydraulic fracturing and the management, disposal, and reuse of frac flowback waters: Views from the public in the Marcellus Shale
Authors: Gene L. Theodoria, A.E. Luloff, Fern K. Willits, David B. Burnett. Study Abstract published in Energy Research & Social Science, June, 2014.
CO2, Methane, and Brine Leakage Through Subsurface Pathways: Exploring Modeling, Measurement, and Policy Options
Author: Mary Kang, Princeton University
Air Toxics One Report: Oil Companies Used Millions of Air-Polluting Chemicals in Los Angeles Neighborhoods
An Analysis from the Center for Biological Diversity
, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles,
Communities for a Better Environment, and the
Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment
New York Court of Appeals Dryden Middlefield Home Rule !
No Fracking Way article by Chip Northrup on June 3, 2014. Includes video including Deborah Golderg of Earth Justice, the oral arguments and an interview with Helen Slottje. Links to press coverage on the trial.
Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States
US Dept of Energy, National energy Technology Laboratory, Office of fossil Energy, May 29, 2014 report DOE/NETL-2014/1649. Authors: National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)
Timothy J. Skone, P.E.; Senior Environmental Engineer Strategic Energy Analysis and Planning Division Energy Sector Planning and Analysis (ESPA); Gregory Cooney, Matthew Jamieson, James Littlefield, Joe Marriott, Ph.D.
Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
Towards a Road Map for Mitigating the Rates and Occurrences of Long-Term Wellbore Leakage
Authors: MAURICE B. DUSSEAULT, RICHARD E. JACKSON, DANIEL MACDONALD for University of Waterloo, May 22, 2014.
Post-ABC poll: EPA rules on greenhouse gases
June 2, 2014 poll on EPA rules on greenhouse gases
Why Energy Forecasting Goes Wildly Wrong
Oct 23, 2013 article by Steve Yetiv and Lowell Field in Journal of Energy Science
Beyond 2015: AN INNOVATION-BASED FRAMEWORK FOR GLOBAL CLIMATE POLICY
by Matthew Stepp & Megan Nicholson, May, 2014. Center for Clean energy Innovation
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permitting and Pretreatment for Shale Gas Extraction Wastewater Frequently Asked Questions
draft report issued March 7, 2014 by EPA Office of Wastewater Management
Runaway Train:The Reckless Expansion of Crude-By-Rail
Oil Change International, May, 2014. This report tracks the rise of crude-by-rail in North America, detailing where crude trains are being loaded and unloaded, how many trains carrying crude oil are crossing the North American continent, and who is involved in this burgeoning trade.
Renewable Electricity Futures Study
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures) is an initial investigation of the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the continental United States over the next several decades. This study explores the implications and challenges of very high renewable electricity generation levels—from 30% up to 90%, focusing on 80%, of all U.S. electricity generation—in 2050.
Updated Guidance, Increased Coordination, and Comprehensive Data Could Improve BLM's Management and Oversight
GAO report dated May 2014
Natural Gas in Your Community Participating in Decision Making & Tracking Infrastructure a Clean Air Council handbook for residents
Clean Air Council...Federal and state agencies, as well as environmental organizations, promote public participation in decisions that affect air quality and public health. From writing comments on proposed rules or permits, to speaking at public hearings, having input from the public is a critical part of the process for ensuring that decisions related to natural gas development prioritize public health and the environment.
PETITION: EPA MUST LIST OIL AND GAS WELLS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT AS AN AREA SOURCE CATEGORY AND SET NATIONAL AIR TOXICS STANDARDS TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH
From Earthjustice, May 13, 2014
Health and fracking: Should the medical profession be concerned?
This article attempts to summarise the health concerns and discuss
them within the South African context. Published in the South African Medical Journal, May, 2014.