July 01, 2015

Save Seneca Lake - Gas Free Seneca Fundraiser

ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR
GAS FREE SENECA
INCREDIBLE FUNDRAISER!
Thursday, July 23, 5:30-9pm
Hazlitt’s 1852 Vineyards
5712 State Route 414, Hector, NY 14841

This is Gas Free Seneca's 3rd Annual Fundraiser and we need to raise money now more than ever to fight Crestwood’s deep pockets. Please help us present great local food, music by The Burn Sisters and Friends, and of course, all of our unique silent auction items.

IF YOU CAN DONATE SOME TIME before this event or during the event, you will go a long way to helping us make this fundraiser a success.

THANK YOU for any help you can offer!

June 29, 2015

NY Ban on Fracking


No words to express the immense feelings of this formal declarations that NY prohibits fracking except ...... onward we must work!  So much more to do!   But for today - one big sigh of relief.

June 24, 2015

The Finger Lakes NHA


On Monday as NY Senator Gillibrand announced that she will start the legislation process to designate The Finger Lakes Region a National Heritage Area.  The program is part of the National Parks Service which promotes a region by for its natural, cultural, and historic resources.
 This is a significant moment for Seneca Lake and the ongoing work to stop the LPG gas storage project along it's banks.  Such a development would be completely contradictory to the goals of a National Heritage area.
National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. Through their resources, NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.
 To learn more about what this designation could mean for the region, visit National Heritage Areas website .

Gas Free Seneca and We Are Seneca Lake continue their work and appreciate your support and donations.


June 10, 2015

Support Vera Scroggins

 Update 6/20: Thanks to everyone that donated to Vera's Legal Fund. In total we raised more than $6,000. The GoFundMe site raised $4,320 and we received another $1,800 from the Answer the Muse fundraiser last week along with various checks that came in throughout the week. We are showing Cabot that they can't get away with bullying people!
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Vera Scroggins, a mother, a grandmother, an ordinary citizen but most of all woman with a camera, who has taken it upon herself to show the world what drilling and fracking is doing to the land and the people of Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. If you don't know Vera, become familiar now with her and the sense of justice that informs her activism. She is acting on behalf of all of us who are fighting for a sustainable energy future.

A powerful corporation has succeeded in obtaining an injunction against her that restricts her freedom of movement in the county in which she lives. Now unjustly accused of violating that injunction, a judge with a financial interest in the fracking industry has ruled against her. Vera has chosen not to pay the fine imposed as she has stated, "she has not committed any crime" and as a result the judge has informed her that she will face a jail sentence.

This money is needed for the legal costs to appeal her case and try to get some justice. Please donate generously.  

Follow Vera's story on Facebook

June 04, 2015

EPA Report

Just reported at Earthworks June 4, 2015
EPA study reveals fracking pollutes water
Despite investigation weakened by oil and gas industry obstructionism, EPA confirms what communities living with fracking have known for almost a decade

Washington DC -- In a watershed moment, today EPA announced fracking does pollute drinking water with the release of  the draft final version of its study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources. Congress commissioned the study in 2010 in response to increasing public questions about the risks posed to drinking water by the unconventional oil and gas boom. 
- See more at: http://www.earthworksaction.org/media/detail/EPA_study_reveals_fracking_pollutes_water110#sthash.PNmLEWW3.dpuf

EPA study reveals fracking pollutes water

Despite investigation weakened by oil and gas industry obstructionism, EPA confirms what communities living with fracking have known for almost a decade

Earthworks
June 4, 2015
Washington DC -- In a watershed moment, today EPA announced fracking does pollute drinking water with the release of  the draft final version of its study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources. Congress commissioned the study in 2010 in response to increasing public questions about the risks posed to drinking water by the unconventional oil and gas boom.
- See more at: http://www.earthworksaction.org/media/detail/EPA_study_reveals_fracking_pollutes_water110#sthash.PNmLEWW3.dpuf

EPA study reveals fracking pollutes water

Despite investigation weakened by oil and gas industry obstructionism, EPA confirms what communities living with fracking have known for almost a decade

Earthworks
June 4, 2015
Washington DC -- In a watershed moment, today EPA announced fracking does pollute drinking water with the release of  the draft final version of its study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources. Congress commissioned the study in 2010 in response to increasing public questions about the risks posed to drinking water by the unconventional oil and gas boom.
- See more at: http://www.earthworksaction.org/media/detail/EPA_study_reveals_fracking_pollutes_water110#sthash.PNmLEWW3.dpuf

EPA study reveals fracking pollutes water

Despite investigation weakened by oil and gas industry obstructionism, EPA confirms what communities living with fracking have known for almost a decade

Earthworks
June 4, 2015
Washington DC -- In a watershed moment, today EPA announced fracking does pollute drinking water with the release of  the draft final version of its study of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources. Congress commissioned the study in 2010 in response to increasing public questions about the risks posed to drinking water by the unconventional oil and gas boom.
- See more at: http://www.earthworksaction.org/media/detail/EPA_study_reveals_fracking_pollutes_water110#sthash.PNmLEWW3.dpuf

April 28, 2015

Why No to TPP

If you are questioning the arguments surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, then you need to read Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's recent press release:

Op-Ed: Don’t Let TPP Gut State Laws

Op-Ed Published In Politico
By Eric T. Schneiderman
State laws and regulators are increasingly important as gridlock in Washington makes broad federal action on important issues an increasingly rare event. From environmental protection to civil rights to the minimum wage, the action is at the state level. Ironically, one thing that may get done soon in Washington is a trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has the potential to undermine a wide range of state and local laws.  Read full article here
Those involved in the issue of HVHF over the years well know the importance of strong state laws.  It is exactly the laws of New York State and individual communities that contributed significantly to our current ban on fracking.   Foreign corporations have purchased vast acreage of land leases in the US for mining purposes of fossil fuels.  Should they not be ruled by the same laws that govern the US citizens and corporations?

Without the solid structure of law in Home Rule and states rights to protect citizens, our democracy will become a corpocracy.    As broken as our system may seem at times, the basic law structure of our democracy works.  We must always strive to strengthen this construct with honesty, fairness and justice equally shared.   Never ever trade those rights away for the sake of short term corporate profits.


April 03, 2015

How many spills?

FracTracker Alliance and Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC have worked to document the numbers of oil and gas spills and violations.  The information has not been readily reported in the media and you probably will be surprised at the high number of violations.

From FracTracker Alliance blog:
Of these companies, the following 10 had the most violations overall, in order of most to least:
  1. Chesapeake Energy (669)
  2. Cabot Oil and Gas (565)
  3. Talisman Energy (362))
  4. Range Resources (281)
  5. EXCO Resources (249)
  6. ExxonMobil (246)
  7. EQT Corporation (245)
  8. Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (235)
  9. Shell (223)
  10. Penn Virginia Corporation (186)
Find out more information, including the top violators in PA, CO, and WV, on NRDC’s website or by reading the full report (PDF)