January 28, 2015

REV Reforming the Energy Vision

PSC Public Hearing on "Reforming the Energy Vision" in Buffalo!

Local Power NY

Thursday, January 29th

Buffalo Central Library

1 Lafayette Square

Buffalo, NY

2PM Info Session

3PM Public Hearing

6PM Info Session

7PM Public Hearing

RSVP on Facebook

With the ban on high volume fracking in New York, our state's future is brighter. We can make it even more so by working in our communities to usher in renewable energy and smart energy choices. Tomorrow, Thursdaywe have the opportunity to participate in a public information session and public hearing on the New York State Public Service Commission's utility reform process called, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).

The REV is major decision-making process now underway to transform the retail electricity market and overhaul New York's energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. The stated goal of the proceeding is to create a cleaner, more affordable, more modern and more efficient energy system in New York through the increased development of distributed energy resources like rooftop solar, energy efficiency and battery storage.

Currently, we have a centralized system of mostly big power plants that will transition to a decentralized or distributed system with a greater reliance on renewable energy sources. The REV process will determine who will have access to and control over the new developing energy system. We will be calling on the PSC to develop a democratically controlled energy system where the state works with communities to swiftly transition New York to clean, renewable energy. We will ask PSC not allow the utility companies to monopolize control and ownership over the new energy system.
What: New York State's Public Service Commission public hearings on "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV), a major decision-making process underway now to transform the electricity market and overhaul New York's energy efficiency and renewable energy programs
When: Thursday, January 29th, Info Sessions at 2pm & 6pm, Public Hearings at 3pm & 7pm
Where: Buffalo Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203

RSVP, Invite Friends & Share on Facebook 

Sorry for the late notice but we hope to see you tomorrow (Thursday)!
Renee Vogelsang

Frack Action 

January 10, 2015

The Big Picture

If you have actively worked to shift our economy from fossil fuel dependency to clean energy technologies, would you consider yourself an "extremist,"  an "agitator," or a "commie environmentalist"?   I didn't think so.  But right now the PsychOps are in full gear from the giants who stand to lose billions.  You are going to hear these terms in our continued work.

If you read nothing else today, read this Truthout article:

Russia Blamed, US Taxpayers on the Hook, as Fracking Boom Collapses  Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00 By Ben Ptashnik, Truthout | News Analysis


The awakening of our country has never been a smooth road.  What we saw in 2014 was encouraging as we push for a future based on energy sanity.   Truthout sums up beautifully all the nuances that activists - and every citizen - face now in terms of the economics of this coming shift.  It is time to prepare our wagon circle for the next level.

See Also: 
NY Times: http://truth-out.org/news/item/28207-russian-roulette-taxpayers-could-be-on-the-hook-for-trillions-in-oil-derivatives
Time Inc : http://time.com/3631398/bank-derivatives-swap-congress/

January 02, 2015

More Work ~ Get it Green

As thousands of New Yorkers are celebrating the ban on fracking, make no mistake:  we have a lot of work left to do.  The complexity of HVHF has never been JUST about a well hole drilling.  The ramifications of this technology has tentacles long enough and strong enough to choke our entire planet!  Extreme extraction techniques for fossil fuel to burn must never be accepted as the norm.

State Impact Pennsylvania has produced a magnificent interactive map showing the current placement of wells, drillers and violations for Pennsylvania.  If you live in the southern tier of New York this map directly relates to your region.  If you live anywhere in the northeast of the US this map is vital to view.  If you care at all about moving our nation and it's international neighbors into a green, sustainable energy future, this map tells a real story.

photo by Barbara Boyce @ N Chili NY
Dependance on oil and gas may have been an accepted fuel for the last century but we can no longer sustain the devastating effects of these energy sources.  Every pipeline, every compressor station, every well, every toxic waste storage system, every trainload of tanker cars is a threat to our current way of life. Food & Water Watch has an excellent Fact Sheet on some of these issues as related to the production in the Bakken shale of North Dakota and the east coast.  Earthjustice has an outstanding article exposing the dangers and growth of the bomb trains.

We can do better and we must.  It's just that simple.  The more we learn and the more we share will make a huge difference in this progress.   I look forward to seeing 2015 becoming a true turning point for a brighter, safer future on this Earth! 

December 23, 2014

Santa is working hard this Christmas season and especially at the gates of Crestwood on Seneca Lake!

In this season of giving - please remember Gas Free Seneca and donate to the legal defense fund to help those who face fines as a statement of civil disobedience to protect all of us in NY.   And then give Governor Cuomo a call.  Thank him for respecting the science to ban fracking in NY and tell him to Save Seneca Lake.  

For those who may need a refresher on why citizens are working so intently against Crestwood Midstream (formerly Inergy LP), you can review the issues here.

December 17, 2014

Thank You Gov Cuomo for the Ban on Fracking

I am still giddy from the news:  Governor Cuomo has put a ban on fracking in NY!

Here are a few links to full articles on the events of the day:

NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/nyregion/cuomo-to-ban-fracking-in-new-york-state-citing-health-risks.html

NY Times:  http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/with-unresolved-health-risks-and-few-signs-of-an-economic-boon-cuomo-to-ban-gas-fracking/

No Fracking Way: http://www.nofrackingway.us/2014/12/17/governor-cuomo-saves-new-york-from-getting-fracked/

DOH Report DOH Health report

DEC  http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/100055.html

National Journal http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/new-york-state-moves-to-ban-fracking-20141217

Syracuse.com http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/ny_environmental_commissioner_i_will_ban_fracking_in_new_york.html

Earthjustice  http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2014/earthjustice-hails-governor-andrew-cuomo-s-historic-energy-leadership

and by the way.... to  Karen Moreau, NYS Petroleum Council executive director for the American Petroleum Institute,  YOU are wrong, not Gov Cuomo.  This is the RIGHT direction for NY and its citizens for today and for our future.  We now have a real future to build upon with sustainable, renewable, safe energy technologies as our goal. 

There is much work yet to do because NY must also remove the threats of toxic wastes, dumping, fresh water depletion, bomb trains running through our towns and cities, compressor stations and pipelines.  Yes, much work left to do.  But today is a good re-start.

Join thousands of New Yorkers and show your support for the ban on fracking

Governor Cuomo: 866-584-6799

Acting Commissioner Zucker: 518-474-2011

Commissioner Martens: 518-402-8545

December 15, 2014

We Passed the 11th hour. CALL CUOMO RIGHT NOW at 866-584-6799 and say THANK YOU!!

We need to make sure the Governor knows that a growing majority of New Yorkers do not want fracking and that we want clean water, air and land and a thriving sustainable economy for generations to come!
Call and tell him to reject any fracking infrastructure in New York as well! Tell him you want clean renewable energy jobs that will protect our water and health and no fracking!
Read here: http://concernedhealthny.org/compendium/

November 24, 2014

More on Seneca Lake Actions

Justin Mikulka authored an excellent article at DeSmogBlog about the activities of the We Are Seneca Lake protest continuing at the gates of Crestwood.  Check it out - lots of great resource links: