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.”

No Fracking!

For 4 years, Joel Tyner has made it clear that hydrofracturing, or “fracking” is not a viable solution to America’s energy problems. Joel has been consistent in his opposition to fracking—it’s wrong for our energy needs, wrong for the environment, wrong for our health, and wrong for our economy—fracking will not provide jobs, and will ruin New York’s tourism and agricultural businesses.

Mr. Schreibman, on the other hand has made statements to the effect that “the jury is still out”. On Dr. Alan Chartock’s WAMC show, Congressional Corner, Mr. Schreibman stated that, “…I don’t see a lot of space between his position and mine…”, referring to President Obama’s stated position on hydrofracking. President Obama’s statement:

“The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don’t have to choose between our environment and our economy. And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock—reminding us that Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.”

Even Geologist & Professor Terry Engelder of Penn State, an early and current advocate for hydrofracking admits, “There probably can never be enough regulations, particularly if you’re on the side of really making sure this is done right.”, making clear that, as regards hydrofracking, we do have to choose between the environment and our economy.

Joel Tyner would rather see those “public research dollars” invested in solar, wind, and geothermal technologies and JOBS. As Joel said, “New York State has plenty of sunlight. We get more sunlight than Germany and they have solar panels all over the place.”

Happy Earth Day!

John McConnell’s Earth Flag

Today is the 42nd Earth Day, and we are thankful that Senator Gaylord Nelson created this important event.Without the first Earth Day, we would, in all likelihood, have no EPA, no Clean Air Act, and no Clean Water Act.

Yet the EPA and those acts have been increasingly under assault, most notably from the so-called “Halliburton Loophole”, which exempts the natural gas industry from not only the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, but also from Superfund legislation, effectively giving the gas companies free reign to pollute indiscriminately for the sake of profits (claims that fracking will lead to energy independence are rubbish, as most natural gas will be exported to foreign countries where the purchase price is much higher than in the United States). This leaves it to the states and local governments to take action to make sure that hydrofracking is banned.

Joel Tyner has called for a nationwide ban on hydrofracking, and also criminalization, and we supporters thank him for his efforts. In addition to likely aquifer contamination from hydrofracking, there are threats of extensive air pollution. Methane is twenty-one times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas, and will accelerate climate change.

We will write more tomorrow about the dangers of hydrofracking; but please take some time to think about this threat to our environment, and to take action.