Press Conference/Rally Today—Ban Fracking Now!

Democratic Congressional Candidate Joel Tyner (for New York State’s 19th Congressional District) will be holding a press conference/rally today at 2:00 p.m. where the Sawkill meets the Zena Cornfield. This beautiful spot is not part of the NYC watershed, and is not protected from the effects of hydrofracking. Joel was instrumental in cleaning up the damage from MTBE (a gasoline additive) during his five terms as a county legislator in Dutchess County, and has worked tirelessly to ban fracking in New York State.

By the end of the public comment period in January of 2012, the NYS DEC had received over 66,000 comments on the revised DSGEIS, more comments than they had ever received on any issue, and the comments were overwhelmingly (approximately 9 to 1) against fracking.

It is imperative that our government officials listen to the will of the people regarding hydrofracking; New York State’s people, water, agriculture & tourism are at stake—one can’t drink a glass of natural gas. Please show your support and come to this rally today!

 

Press Conference/Rally to ban fracking!

May 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Tomorrow, May 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., Joel Tyner will hold a press conference/rally at the Zena Cornfield in Woodstock, NY. The Sawkill, which runs next to the Zena Cornfield, is not protected from hydrofracking under the proposed DEC regulations, as it is not part of the NYC watershed, nor are many areas within the Catskill Park. (Thanks to Catskill Mountainkeeper for their invaluable work.)

The regulations proposed by the DEC are insufficient to protect our water, and hydrofracking for methane (natural gas) has absolutely caused problems where drilling has commenced—in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Barnett Shale in Texas, the Hilliard in Wyoming, etc., problems ranging from aquifer contamination to increased seismic activity.

If fracking is so safe, why were exemptions needed to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act? (The so-called Halliburton loophole.)

Again, I will cite Geologist and Professor Terry Engelder of Penn St, one of the earliest (and current) proponents of hydrofracturing. As a matter of fact, it was Terry Engelder who revised upwards the estimates of how much gas could be obtained from the Marcellus and other shale formations, beginning the rush to frack; in November 2008, based on drilling results, Engelder increased his estimate of the amount of natural gas in the Marcellus to 363 TCF of recoverable resource, which would be enough to supply U.S. consumption for at least fourteen years.

Here is what Professor Engelder has to say about the safety of drilling:
“There probably can never be enough regulations, particularly if you’re on the side of really making sure this is done right.”

Benefit in Woodstock Wednesday Night!

If you can, please join Woodstock Town Boardmember Jay Wenk—and musicians Liana Turner, Paul Mantia, Rich Hines (yes, even MC Whitebread; lol) tomorrow 8:00 p.m. in Woodstock—we’ll all be performing at Harmony at the Wok ’n Roll Café in Woodstock, 52 Mill Hill Road—Team Tyner benefit! The last event was a great success, & fun for all. You do NOT want to miss Wenk’s humor/poetry.