January 28, 2016

Take Fracking Elsewhere?

So when corporate heads fail in their business plan and destroy economies and environments in the process, what is the next step to take?   Just ask the failed Aubrey McClendon - grab lands in a foreign country and try it again!

Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon Bringing Fracking to Argentina By Steve Horn • Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 03:58


December 26, 2015

Schneiderman - Oil Trains and Lift of Export Ban of Oil

Early in December NY Attorney General issued a press release calling for the federal government to close loopholes that put New Yorkers at serious risk from the transportation of crude oil by trains through our communities.  Because of the busy holiday season, many people may have missed this important call for strict regulations.
The Attorney General called on the federal government to close a loophole that allows highly flammable crude oil to be shipped by rail through communities in New York and across the country. These trains traverse approximately 700 miles across the state, and carry up to 3.5 million gallons of crude oil. Yet currently, there is no federal limit on the vapor pressure of crude oil transported by rail—a key driver of the oil’s explosiveness and flammability. At a time when we have already seen dangerous explosions and disasters involving crude oil rail shipments, we must ensure that communities all across the state that are in harm’s way are protected
The full text of the press release can be found here: http://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-petitions-federal-government-reduce-dangers-crude-oil-shipped-rail 
According to the Association of American Railroads, crude oil shipments by rail increased from 9,500 carloads in 2008 to 493,126 carloads in 2014, representing an increase of over 5,000 percent.  It has been reported that up to 44 “unit trains” – chains of 70 to 120 tank cars – travel on rail routes that bisect New York each week, each carrying from 2 to 3.5 million gallons of crude oil. 
and that was BEFORE  the oil export ban was lifted by Congress at the end of December!
On Friday, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law a $1.8 trillion government spending and tax relief bill that included repealing the four-decade-old export ban, which barred shipments to countries other than Canada. The Department of Commerce issued an official notice on Tuesday saying companies no longer need to apply for licenses to export crude.
Now, more than ever - We need strong regulatory  protections from oil train pipelines in our neighborhoods!

November 24, 2015

Calling Gov Cuomo Make the Ban Solid

Over the past few weeks, several people have come up to me and said how glad they were that "NY banned fracking."   The appreciation for activism work is warming, and then I quickly remind them this is not over for NY and likely won't be in the near future!  There is so much more work to do.

Thanks to the diligent and constant work of many watchful research groups like Walter Hang and Toxics Targeting, it is very clear that every nuance of high volume hydraulic fracturing must be plainly and clearly addressed by the DEC and Gov Cuomo. 
"We must also require Governor Cuomo to issue a Supplemental Findings Statement to prohibit all types of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing before it is too late."
Call to Action  Use the Quick Action Guide at Toxics Targeting and make a call to Gov Cuomo's office at 518 474 8390.   
Demand that the Governor fulfill the promise in the Findings Statement that: DEC " will not establish a high-volume hydraulic fracturing permitting program; that no individual or site-specific permit applications for wells using high-volume hydraulic fracturing will be processed; and that high-volume hydraulic fracturing will be prohibited in New York State."

November 06, 2015

Exxon Investigation

Hands down - Attorney General Eric Schneiderman deserves our support and a big round of applause!

Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/06/science/exxon-mobil-under-investigation-in-new-york-over-climate-statements.html

August 11, 2015

Adirondack Park is not a Storage Facility!

If you believe you have seen it all, here is one more absurdity proposed only for the sake of corporate profit:


Owners of the Saratoga-North Creek Railway have big plans for a new use of the railroad line from North Creek into the High Peaks.
Last week, company President Ed Ellis made a presentation to the Warren County Board of Supervisors Public Works Committee about the company’s new plans. Ellis sees an exciting business opportunity for his rail lines with low traffic in the long-term storage of hundreds of oil-soaked tanker cars.
- See more at: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2015/08/hundreds-used-oil-tanker-cars-stored-essex-county.html#sthash.jv1HkANF.Z5cjEkjJ.dpuf
The article has full details and several links to other important reads on this proposal.    You can see the video of the full meeting where the proposal was given at this link and passed by the committee.
It apparently has a 1 yr time frame and then they will do more questions, reviews, etc before their 5 yr permit is extended!

parked tankers in North Chili NY

Railroad Plans To Store Oil Tankers in High Peaks
The photo is from a line of tanker cars "parked" in North Chili this past year for a temporary time.  It is near my home so I explored - they smell! and nothing crosses that line!   That's not what I want for the Adirondack Park region.   Build tourism - not industrialization.
Owners of the Saratoga-North Creek Railway have big plans for a new use of the railroad line from North Creek into the High Peaks.
Last week, company President Ed Ellis made a presentation to the Warren County Board of Supervisors Public Works Committee about the company’s new plans. Ellis sees an exciting business opportunity for his rail lines with low traffic in the long-term storage of hundreds of oil-soaked tanker cars.
- See more at: http://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2015/08/hundreds-used-oil-tanker-cars-stored-essex-county.html#sthash.jv1HkANF.Z5cjEkjJ.dpuf
Railroad Plans To Store Oil Tankers in High Peaks
Railroad Plans To Store Oil Tankers in High Peaks

August 10, 2015

A Picture's Worth

I want to give a shout-out to an amazing site added to the resource tab Frack Activism/Energy OrgsMarcellus-Shale.us  As we talk about projects proposed for NY and around the country that relate to gas drilling and it's infrastructure demands, it is hard to grasp the intensity or the physicality of these projects. 

Marcellus-Shale.us has an outstanding visual library of the real projects.  The tag line on the website reads:   The best visual Marcellus Shale gas drilling information source with over 2,000 photos!  

Because NY has a ban on fracking, the topics on most people's minds are the pipelines, compressor stations and storage facility proposals.  Dozens of projects are being proposed around our state.  What is proposed on paper somehow never matches the true reality of what might come.  Marcellus-Shale.us  photographic library clears that  view. 

Take a look at this website - it has an abundance of resource information applicable to many areas. 

Please continue vigilance with Gov. Cuomo and state legislators:  Express your voice!