November 20, 2014

A Working House

Apparently the House is working!  Caught this bit of news from Politico's Morning Energy newsletter today:
"HOUSE CLEARS SECOND EPA BILL OF THE WEEK: The House yesterday approved H.R. 4012, Secret Science Reform Act, by a vote of 237-190. The bill, which drew a veto threat from the White House, would prevent EPA from proposing or finalizing any regulation unless the underlying scientific and technical information relied upon for it is made public. Lawmakers shot down a Democratic amendment allowing EPA to utilize peer-reviewed scientific papers even if based on data barred from public disclosure."
Make no mistake - double speak is taking place here. This smacks as a deliberate attempt by fossil fuel industry supporters to stifle environmental protection rulings that might otherwise affect their corporate bottom line interests.  To suggest that peer-reviewed scientific papers are insufficient is absurd.  The GOP is paving the way for continued development of fossil fuel - make no mistake!  This is at the expense of the public's safety.  Our government should be fostering the flow of scientific data - not stopping it.

November 19, 2014

Nov 19 Update at Seneca Lake Protests

Watkins Glen, NY – Area business owners and winery owners are among 12 people currently blockading at Texas-based Crestwood Midstream’s gas storage facility gates on the shore of Seneca Lake. They are now in their third hour of shutting down both entrances on Route 14.  This action follows eight arrests yesterday and ten on Monday as the ‘We Are Seneca Lake’ civil disobedience campaign continues a 4th week of blockades to stop the gas storage facility.  All total, 43 arrests have now occurred at the gates of Crestwood since the campaign began on October 23. 

The 12 people blockading today are: Phil Davis, 62, Hector, owner, Damiani Wine Cellars; Will Ouweleen, Conesus, Livingston County, owner, Eagle Crest and O-Neh-Da Vineyards; Peggy Aker, 57, Trumansburg, owner and founder, Marco Mama’s; Stefan Senders, 56, Hector, owner, Wide Awake Bakery; Anna Redmond, 30, Trumansburg, Regional Access; Julia Uticone, 40, Cayutaville, Swamp Road Baskets; Jessica Thorpe, 31, Hector, owner and operator, Glen Mountain Market; Scott Signori, 47, Hector, owner and executive chef, Stonecat Cafe; Chris Tate, 52, Hector; ; John Dennis, Lansing; Chuck Geisler, 69, Ithaca; and Asa Redmond, 40, Ithaca, Regional Access. Redmond is also the drummer for The Sim Redmond Band. 

A reporter, Charlie Haeffner of the Odessa File, was covering this morning's activities and was told by the Sheriff's Deputy that he couldn't park on the side of State Rt 14. 

Sheriff Yessman has complained that many of the protesters weren't from Schuyler County and were being "imported". Six of the protesters blockading the gates now are from Schuyler County. including business owners, and the Sheriff has chosen this day to not make any arrests. 
Gas Free Seneca

November 05, 2014

Support Gas Free Seneca

For the next few hours - do something to support those who have put their bodies on the line  ~ literally ~ to stop the insanity of the Crestwood gas storage project on Seneca Lake.  Support Gas Free Seneca and the jail fund.

October 30, 2014

Water Withdrawal - come and get it

Of all the stories, battles, struggles and arguments over the development of massive gas drilling using HVHF the one deepest in my gut just got wrenched!  Our state's water can be sucked out with the blessings of NYS DEC and free water withdrawal permits.

New York State Allows Water Grab

- See more at: http://www.dcbureau.org/2014102910051/natural-resources-news-service/new-york-state-allows-water-grab.html#sthash.armx5fto.dpuf
New York State Allows Water Grab
 New York State Allows Water Grab by Peter Mantius Oct 29.  

 It seems like another world to imagine a corporate entity having the right to go anywhere, to any state, and just buy up the fresh water supplies for an industrial use that destroys the water ~ permanently.  And have the approval of that state to do so.  What Painted Post is doing is wrong.  No city municipality has the humane right to sell off the waters of this earth for rampant industrial destruction.

We have talked and ranted about the need to preserve our limited fresh water supplies.  Anyone who says they support the development of the fracking - drilling technology because it "can be done safely" is lieing  to your face.  Grab some tea (while you can) and read the article
Maude Barlow, a Canadian water rights activist who chairs the advocacy group Food & Water Watch in Washington, D.C. “It is an extremely dangerous practice to allow the commercial sale of public water and sets a precedent for the commodification of our water supplies,” Barlow said. “Water is a public trust, in law and in practice. When fracking or other private interests get the green light to buy water, the nature of this public trust is violated.” - See more at: http://www.dcbureau.org/2014102910051/natural-resources-news-service/new-york-state-allows-water-grab.html#sthash.armx5fto.dpuf
Maude Barlow, a Canadian water rights activist who chairs the advocacy group Food & Water Watch in Washington, D.C. “It is an extremely dangerous practice to allow the commercial sale of public water and sets a precedent for the commodification of our water supplies,” Barlow said. “Water is a public trust, in law and in practice. When fracking or other private interests get the green light to buy water, the nature of this public trust is violated.” - See more at: http://www.dcbureau.org/2014102910051/natural-resources-news-service/new-york-state-allows-water-grab.html#sthash.armx5fto.dpuf
New York State Allows Water Grab
New York State Allows Water Grab

Save Seneca Lake

A letter from Sandra Steingraber, in full:

October 29, 2014

NY 2014 Environmental Scorecard

Before you head to the voting booth on Nov 4 in New York State, it will be well worth your time to review  

2014 Environmental Scorecard - The public's guide to the voting record of New York State lawmakers

Understand the actual voting records of the people who were elected to office and compare it to the promises of candidates running today.   No one votes to pollute NY - make sure your representatives vote your wishes!

This year, eight priority bills died in the Environmental Conservation Committee, including (see pages24-28):
  1. Fracking Moratorium
  2. Climate Protection Act
  3. Environmental Justice for All
  4. Reduce Toxic Mercury in Light Bulbs
  5. Cadmium-Free Toys
  6. Keeping Recyclables Out of Landfills
  7. Microbead-Free Waters Act
  8. Cover Your Crude
Senator Grisanti also dropped the ball on much-needed brownfields reform that would ensure the program cleans up more toxic sites and is no longer a fiscal albatross for taxpayers, and falsely claimed that hazardous fracking waste from Pennsylvania is not being dumped in our communities, when it is. Which all begs the question: if New Yorkers cannot count on the Environmental Conservation Committee to move sound environmental legislation, then who can they count on to protect our communities and public health?

Save Seneca Lake

Despite all actions legal and civil disobedient - the Crestwood project still retains a go ahead approval from FERC to develop salt caverns at Seneca Lake into a high volume of LNG storage.  It is an environmental risk beyond comprehension.  Huge opposition.  Severe threat to economy of the Finger Lakes already well established and growing wine agri business and tourism.  Does this smack you as something is not quite right with this issue?

Sign the petition to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to open an investigation into the rapid process development of Crestwood's proposal:


10 people have been arrested for blockading the Crestwood facility.  Please visit We Are Seneca Lake to follow the upcoming events.