Water Withdrawal for Bath: Geology, Law, Local Actions

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Public Forum
March 7, 2012 Bath Fire Hall, Bath, NY
Part 2 features Virginia Rasmussen and Q&A
Jean Wosinski, Corning Geologist
Rachel Treichler, Hammondsport Attorney
Virginia Rasmussen, Alfred Village Board Member
Host: Waldo Babcock

Sponsored by
Bath Peace and Justice Group
Steuben County League of Women Voters

Deborah Rogers Live Webcast

Tonight’s presentation by Deborah Rogers will be webcast on the Internet live at 7:00 PM ET.  Her presentation “In Their Own Words: Examining Shale Gas Hype” exposes the hypocrisy and financial lies of the gas industry. She is appearing at the Penn Yan, NY Middle School auditorium.  If you can’t be there in person, view it on your computer at ustream.tv/channel/deborahrogers

About Deborah Rogers

About Deborah Rogers

Shale Gas Economics Expert Deborah Rogers: 4 Appearances

Deborah Rogers, a Shale Gas Economist, will speak at four upcoming appearances in the Finger Lakes this March.  She will discuss her insights into the Gas Drilling Industry in a presentation entitled “In Their Own Words: Examining Shale Gas Hype”.  Subjects covered will include the Industry’s ponzi scheme behavior with land acquisition and drilling leases as well as its questionable profitability in actual market conditions. She is unique in her professional credentials as an economist and financial adviser as well as her first hand interaction with the Gas Companies in the heart of the Texas drilling region.  There will be a Q&A session during which many aspects of the economics of hydrofracking will be discussed.

Admission is free.  These appearances are sponsored by Coalition to Protect New York, Hector Clean Waters, Gas Free Seneca and Committee to Preserve The Finger Lakes.

Finger Lakes Appearances

  • Wednesday March 21 6:30 PM
    Albright Auditorium, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
    20 St. Clair Streeet, Geneva, NY
  • Thursday March 22 7:00 PM
    Watkins Glen Elementary School Auditorium
    612 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY
  • Friday March 23 7:00 PM
    Groton High School Auditorium
    400 Peru Road, Groton, NY
  • Saturday March 24 7:00 PM
    Penn Yan Middle School Auditorium
    515 Liberty Street Penn Yan, NY

About Deborah Rogers

Deborah Rogers began her financial career in London working in Investment Banking, Continue reading

Landowners fight pipeline co.’s eminent domain land grab in Pa.’s Marcellus Shale gas field

from Job Creators Alliance

LAPORTE, Pa. (AP) — When federal regulators approved a 39-mile natural gas pipeline through northern Pennsylvania’s pristine Endless Mountains, they cited the operator’s assurances that it would make sparing use of eminent domain as it negotiated with more than 150 property owners along the pipeline’s route.

Yet a few days after winning approval for its $250 million MARC 1 pipeline in the heart of the giant Marcellus Shale gas field, the company began condemnation proceedings against nearly half of the landowners — undercutting part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval rationale and angering landowners.

Some of the landowners are now fighting the company in court, complaining that Central New York Oil and Gas Company LLC steamrolled them by refusing to negotiate in good faith on monetary compensation and the pipeline’s location. Their attorneys say CNYOG has skirted Pennsylvania’s eminent domain rules.

The company, a subsidiary of Inergy LP of Kansas City, Mo., insists it’s trying to reach a “fair settlement” with all property owners and wants to be a good neighbor.

The dispute could foreshadow eminent domain battles to come as more pipelines are approved and built to carry shale gas to market in states like Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.

Auburn Drilling-water treatment debate rekindled

AUBURN — City Councilor Matthew Smith surprised many residents Thursday when he asked City Manager Douglas Selby to draft a resolution lifting the city’s seven-month-old ban on treating wastewater produced by natural gas drilling.
. . .Terry Cuddy, a founder of the Cayuga Anti-Fracking Alliance, maintained that water from any well should stay out of the treatment plant.
“It’s not made to handle natural gas drilling water, it’s designed to handle sewage,” he said. “They’re putting the wastewater treatment plant at risk in the interest of generating more money.” . . .

Read more in the The Citizen

Federal Scientists Warn NY of Fracking Risks

From Environmental Working Group

Published February 29, 2012
Federal Scientists Warn NY of Fracking Risks
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
By Dusty Horwitt, Senior Counsel

The U.S. Geological Survey has warned New York state regulators that their
plan to allow drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the
Marcellus Shale could endanger private water wells, municipal aquifers and
New York City’s drinking water supply. Continue reading

“It’s not only toxic – it’s driven by a right-wing billionaire who profits more from flipping land than drilling for gas.”



March 1, 2012 8:00 AM ET

Read full article at Rolling Stone

“Aubrey McClendon, America’s second-largest producer of natural gas, has never been afraid of a fight. He has become a billionaire by directing his company, Chesapeake Energy, to blast apart gas-soaked rocks a mile underground and pump the fuel to the surface. ‘We’re the biggest frackers in the world,’ he declares proudly over a $400 bottle of French Bordeaux at a restaurant he co-owns in his hometown of Oklahoma City. ‘We frack all the time. What’s the big deal?’

“McClendon dominates America’s supply of natural gas the same way the Tea Party-financing Koch brothers control the nation’s pipelines and refineries. Like them, McClendon is an influential right-wing power broker – he helped fund the Swift Boat attacks against John Kerry in 2004, donated $250,000 to the presidential campaign of Rick Perry, and contributed more than $500,000 to stop gay marriage. But unlike his fellow energy czars, McClendon knows how to tone down his politics and present a friendlier, less ideological face to the public. He secretly gave $26 million to the Sierra Club to fight Big Coal, and built a Google-like campus for Chesapeake’s 4,600 employees in Oklahoma City, complete with a 63,000-square-foot day care center, a luxurious gym and four cafes manned by cook-to-order chefs. He even voted for Barack Obama because he thought the country needed ‘an inspirational figure.'”

Read full article at Rolling Stone