Less Than Two Weeks Left!

Dear Friends,

We have less than two weeks before the January 11 deadline to flood the DEC with comments on their fracking regulations. Here are two new easy ways to submit comments:

1. New Yorkers Against Fracking: 

DEC Comment Form: One simple click and submit!

2. Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy:

Thirteen DEC Regulation Letters:

Thirteen simple clicks and submits!

You might also want to copy the contents  before submitting so you can use some of their material for your own letters.

And don’t forget these methods:

Sandra Steingraber:

Thirty Days of Fracking Regs is brilliant.

Each day responds to a different regulation.

Just click on any day that’s active, follow her directions, and submit online.

New Yorkers Against Fracking: 

– A one page comment form particularly good for events

– A one page guide to making more substantive commentsa good accompaniment to the above

– An online form to sign and submit substantive comments

Chip Northrup:

How to Respond to the DEC’s Proposed Fracking Regulations

THE resource for submitting more substantive comments.


And don’t forget the


Thousands are needed to get the Governor’s attention!

Click here to sign up for the Rochester bus

leaving from Bushnell’s Basin 6:15AM, returning 8:30PM, $35.

Contact Zora Gussow for more info about bus and carpooling:


Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and frack-free 2013!

Anna Sears and Nedra Harvey

R-CAUSE (Rochesterians Concerned About Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction)

Fracking Our Food Supply

Read the article by Elizabeth Royte in the December 17, 2012 edition of The Nation

Excerpt: “In Louisiana, seventeen cows died after an hour’s exposure to spilled fracking fluid. (Most likely cause of death: respiratory failure.) In north central Pennsylvania, 140 cattle were exposed to fracking wastewater when an impoundment was breached. Approximately seventy cows died; the remainder produced eleven calves, of which only three survived. In western Pennsylvania, an overflowing waste pit sent fracking chemicals into a pond and a pasture where pregnant cows grazed: half their calves were born dead.”

Before & After: Bakken Cattle
Cattle on the Schilke ranch in North Dakota, before and after fracking on neighboring land. –from The Nation article

Dr. Sandra Steingraber’s press statement on health review

With thanks to Richard Averett for posting info about Concerned Health Professionals of New York, here is my entire statement from the press conference today in Albany with Barbara LIfton, Matt Ryan, Walter Hang, and Roger Downs of the Sierra Club.  I haven’t seen any media coverage yet.  Sandra

Prepared Remarks, Albany Press Conference, “Cuomo Puts the Cart Before the Horse on Fracking—Elected Officials, Leading Environmental and Health Experts Call on Cuomo to Open Health Review to the Public,” Dec. 3, 2012

 I am Sandra Steingraber, biologist at Ithaca College 

 I saw some of you last Thursday when I was here to announce the launch of Concerned Health Professionals of New York—an initiative of doctors, nurses, and environmental health researchers. 

 Concerned Health Professionals was launched in response to the secrecy of the ongoing health review, the exclusion of New York State’s own public health experts in the process, and Governor Cuomo’s rejection of our unified demand for a transparent, comprehensive Health Impact Assessment. Continue reading