Minisink Hearing 5/1/2014: U.S. Court of Appeals

email from Asha C., who works as a lead in Minisink case Compressor station, heavy industrial development in agricultural area closest to NYC and area serving as solitude for shaken 9/11 first responders…

Today’s hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals was an intense, dramatic event. We would like to deeply thank the many supporters who traveled from near and far to be there with us to demonstrate their support- we were deeply honored to be joined by the leaders of grassroots organizations and supporters from across NY, NJ, PA, MD and DC. We packed the courtroom with a tremendous show of solidarity. Continue reading

911 — Emergency! Water contamination map NE PA

Thank you to William Huston for this update.

The contamination in NE Pennsylvania from gas drilling is far worse than anyone knows.

The brown towns all have known sites of water contamination.
I used the following criteria:

1) At least one site with an external water tank (“water buffalo”) receiving replacement water
2) Water filtration system installed due to contamination
3) PA DEP complaint
4) PA DEP positive determination letter Continue reading

Copy of Jeremy’s post-hearing comments:

Once again I have proven that no one should pay any attention to anything I say about what is likely to happen in court.

To make a short story even shorter, Jerry asked the court to grant a delay so that we would have time to find out whether or not the next appeals court takes my appeal. This is the appeal we’ve already filed but which isn’t mandatory, because what I’m appealing is only the conviction on a violation, and I’m not a more respectable criminal who’s done something worse.

To my surprise, assistant DA Tunney didn’t really have any objection, saying he didn’t want to be in the position of sentencing a defendant before his conviction was final (or words to that effect) and, equally to my surprise, Judge Berry went along with it, granting me another 90 days in which to await the appeals court’s decision.

The guiding principle here is that we’re still fighting, still insisting that I was had a right to do what I did. But I use the term “guiding” loosely, because if anything’s guiding me, how come I feel like I’ve been spun around three times with a donkey’s tail in my hand?

Chesapeake Energy – former big player in Finger Lakes’ leasing

ProPublica: At the end of 2011, Chesapeake Energy, one of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies, was teetering on the brink of failure.

Its legendary chief executive officer, Aubrey McClendon, was being pilloried for questionable deals, its stock price was getting hammered and the company needed to raise billions of dollars quickly.

The money could be borrowed, but only on onerous terms. Chesapeake, which had burned money on a lavish steel-and-glass office complex in Oklahoma City even while the selling price for its gas plummeted, already had too much debt.

In the months that followed, Chesapeake executed an adroit escape, Continue reading

Marcellus Watch: Trust, but verify imported drilling waste

State and local officials are well on their way to burying radioactivity as an issue in the debate over whether to allow a major expansion of the Chemung County Landfill on the Chemung River about six miles southeast of Elmira.

The landfill, which has been leased to Casella Waste Systems Inc. since 2005, has been accepting drilling wastes from Pennsylvania since 2009 — often turning away its own municipal waste to save room for the more lucrative imports.

Now the county legislature is considering a plan to increase the landfill’s capacity from 180,000 tons of waste a year to 417,000 tons. The landfill that currently occupies 54 acres of a 327-acre site would add 50 acres of new lined landfill cells.

Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli, a supporter of the expansion, has taken the lead role in denying that radioactivity matters. Continue reading

SENECA IN THE BALANCE

Seneca in the BalanceTuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00 – ­9:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)

Watkins Glen High School Auditorium, 301 12th St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Live stream at  www.Seneca-In-The-Balance.com

Find out how close we are to becoming the gas storage and transportation hub for the Northeast; ​ ​
Discover what we’ve learned about the structural integrity of the salt caverns under Seneca Lake ​ that are slated for storage expansion, and how this could impact the region;
Learn about this expansion plan’s regional economic and public health impacts;
Identify what our region’s legislative bodies think about this project;
Understand the legal standing of the community and possible legal recourse.

FEATURED SPEAKERS include:
Richard A. Young, Ph.D: Distinguished Service Professor (Emeritus), Department of Geological ​ ​Sciences, SUNY at Geneseo
John Halfman, Ph.D: Research Scientist, water quality expert, Finger Lakes Institute, Hobart​ ​William Smith College
Moneen Nasmith: Associate Attorney, Earthjustice, NE Office
Steve Churchill, Seneca County Board of Supervisors
Paula Fitzsimmons, Schuyler County Physician Assistant
Doug Hazlitt, Co­Owner of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Yvonne Taylor & Joseph Campbell, Gas Free Seneca

Schumer:…not enough to protect many communities along the rail lines…many places in upstate NY…

…..These steps are not enough to protect many communities along the rail lines, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said this week. This includes many places in upstate New York, like Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, Syracuse and Albany, that have seen higher rail traffic. He compared the industry’s use of outdated tank cars to “a ticking time bomb” and urged federal regulators to quickly retire these older cars, known as DOT-111s, in favor of models built after 2011 that have better protections.

More at NY Times

Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a “Highly Effective Campaign”

Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a “Highly Effective Campaign”

A report intended to help the oil and gas industry squash the anti-fracking movement turns out to be full of useful information—and admits that much of what activists are saying is true.
posted Mar 26, 2013

New York anti-fracking rally

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing rally in New York City. Photo by Adam Welz for CREDO Action.

Communities working to stop a controversial gas drilling process are getting what sounds like encouragement from an unlikely source: a report prepared for the oil and gas industry on the risks posed by those communities themselves. Even more bizarre than a risk assessment about grassroots activists is one that basically admits the activists are right. Continue reading

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT ON STATE AND LOCAL ECONOMIES: BENEFITS, COSTS, AND UNCERTAINTIES

NEW SOLUTIONS, Vol. 23(1) 85-101, 2013: JANNETTE M. BARTH

(Click here for entire report) THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT ON STATE AND LOCAL ECONOMIES: BENEFITS, COSTS, AND UNCERTAINTIES

ABSTRACT
It is often assumed that natural gas exploration and development in the
Marcellus Shale will bring great economic prosperity to state and local
economies. Policymakers need accurate economic information on which to
base decisions regarding permitting and regulation of shale gas extraction.
This paper provides a summary review of research findings on the economic
impacts of extractive industries, with an emphasis on peer-reviewed studies.
The conclusions from the studies are varied and imply that further research,
on a case-by-case basis, is necessary before definitive conclusions can
be made regarding both short- and long-term implications for state and
local economies.
Keywords: economic impact; shale gas development; extractive industries; hydrauli