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.

October 24, 2014

A Bigger Picture

The art of distraction is a powerful political tool.  We experience it daily when the conglomerate news agencies simultaneously focus on one story, all the while another important issue is looming in the shadows.   Such is the situation with our struggle to "ban fracking" in NY and around the nation.

While thousands upon thousands of activists, scientists, and professionals continue to do the important work necessary to understand and expose the risks involved with the technology of high volume hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, the infrastructure web of the fossil fuel industry grows quickly through a different set of rules and regulations.  State by state, activists work with state laws and environmental departments to make the dangers of fracking transparent.   But the regulatory agency controlling the pipelines necessary to foster the gas industry growth are elsewhere.  FERC, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,  is the controlling agency of intra-state structures like the Constitution pipeline and others.   Just today FERC announced their approval findings for the Constitution pipeline. 

All around the northeastern states, citizens are jamming town halls and public hearings.  But for some reason, the powers-to-be seem to work and thrive elsewhere.  No Fracking Way has an excellent report today from Chip Northrup with a summary exposure of many of the actions taking place currently.  Be sure to read:
Most People in NY, MA., VT. and NH Won’t Get Fracked. They’ll get gassed. And dumped on.

Direct citizen actions will be forthcoming in Washington DC aimed at FERC.  Read more at Beyond Extreme Energy.

We must remain diligent with our eye on the biggest picture.  

We Are Seneca Lake

The Texas-based energy corporation, Crestwood Midstream, is moving forward with plans to store highly pressurized, explosive gas in abandoned salt caverns on the west shore of Seneca Lake, despite documented instability of the salt caverns and concern over impacts to water quality and public safety. Construction is slated to begin October 24th. Learn more about the projects and their risks.

Salt cavern gas storage is part of a coordinated effort to build out massive infrastructure throughout the Northeast for fracked gas (methane), thus maintaining our dependency on fossil fuels for another 20 years – at a time when we critically need to be addressing climate change. Methane is 86 times more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2 over that same time period. This is a bridge to nowhere, and we are standing up to stop it.

We the people have testified, commented, rallied, marched, authored letters, delivered speeches, made phone calls, lobbied elected officials, and otherwise pursued all available avenues to convince local officials and regulatory agencies to protect us from the harms that Crestwood’s storage facilities pose to our health, environment and economy. Our appeals have fallen on deaf ears; we find ourselves thwarted at every turn.

We will not sit idly by while, behind a veil of secrecy and deceit, Seneca Lake is turned into a gas station for the fracking industry.

We believe we have a solemn responsibility, for the sake of our children and those who come after us, to protect the health and well being of the lake that has given so much to us and makes our lives, and livelihoods, possible. We are committed to resisting the dangerous industrialization of our beautiful lake region and our agricultural and tourism-based economy. And we are equally committed to peaceful, non-violent action. In this, we bring love and resolve to our efforts.

Seneca Lake is our home. Seneca Lake is our water. It flows around us and within us. Seneca Lake brings tourists to our shores and grows wine grapes on our hills. We are Seneca Lake.


TAKE ACTION TODAY - CALL GOV. CUOMO - Tweet - Share this story. 

For a review of the Crestwood / FERC story see EcoWatch report Oct 5:

October 22, 2014

Rally at Buffalo

Quick Reminder - See Events page:  Today Oct 22 is the rally at the Governor's debate in Buffalo NY.    All three candidates will be present so it is a great opportunity to remind them all.... NY can be the leader in green renewable energies and not follow the path of destruction with continuing fossil fuel developments!