Scientists Headline Dundee & Hammondsport Forums Friday & Saturday July 13 & 14

Scientists and Citizen Journalist to Present Research and Observations about Hydofracking at Dundee and Hammondsport Forums

Two public forums in Dundee and Hammondsport on July 13 and 14 will explore some of the scientific concerns surrounding natural gas drilling or horizontal hydrofracking. Both meetings will begin at 7 PM and are being held at the High School Auditoriums of Dundee and Hammondsport. All residents within the respective areas are encouraged to attend the free event. Time is reserved for citizen questions and concerns following the Forum’s four speakers.

Alan Giles, Town of Starkey resident and long-time local business man, will moderate the meeting in Dundee. The Hammondsport meeting will be facilitated by Joseph Campbell, a long time resident of Pulteney.
Both forums will feature these speakers:
Diane Siegmund, a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist practicing in Clarks Summit and Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. She has advised the Citizens Advisory Council for the Department of Environmental Protection regarding the link between environmental pollution and compromised physical/psychological health. Subsequently, she was invited to attend the First Environmental Justice Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as a scholarship recipient. Her presentation there was entitled Silence of the Lambs: Exploring Psychological Response to Environmental Health Threats.

Ronald Bishop, PhD, is a lecturer in biochemistry at SUNY Oneonta. Professor Bishop is a nationally-certified chemical hygiene officer and hazardous materials specialist. He is fluent in the potential impacts of the new natural gas extraction technologies, and has researched the topic of gas migration from orphaned natural gas wells in New York and Pennsylvania. He has also evaluated the chemical components found in fracking fluids used in horizontal hydrofracking.

Vera Scroggins, citizen journalist, has been video documenting the evolution of the natural gas industry in Dimock, Pennsylvania since 2008. She provides testimony to regulatory agencies and the public regarding natural gas developments. Ms. Scroggins, a realtor by trade, has for the last three years provided weekly citizen tours that highlight sites which demonstrate the various stages in the process of heavy industrial gas and its related infrastructure.

Sandra Steingraber, PhD will be the final presenter of the evening. Recent recipient of the Heinz Award, Professor Steingraber is an internationally recognized authority on environmental links to cancer in humans. She authored “Living Downstream,” in which she parallels toxic industrial emissions with US Cancer Registries, and “Having Faith,” a memoir of her own pregnancy and an investigation of fetal toxicology. Dr. Steingraber has testified in the European Parliament, to the President’s Cancer Panel, and in briefings to Congress and the United Nations. She is currently a scholar in residence at Ithaca College.

The forums will end with an extensive question and answer period for all in attendance. The forums are being cosponsored by Starkey Citizens for a Clean and Healthy Environment, the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes, and the Coalition to Protect New York.

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