Category: Community Effects

  • DISH, Texas: “Is the juice worth the squeeze?”

    From Calvin Tillman’s blog: When taking over as mayor of DISH, the first question that was asked by the local media outlets was to respond to the fact that our property values as a whole had decreased considerably from the past year. This is where small towns and cities get the bulk of their funding, […]

  • “Poisoned Places”: Tonawanda one of many proofs that regulation cannot protect us

    Our neighbors in Tonawanda, on the Niagara River in western New York State just south of Buffalo, were being poisoned for decades by a company that, unlike the gas/oil industry, does not enjoy exemptions from clean water, clean air, toxic waste laws and other regulations set in place to protect our environment and health. For many years regulatory agencies […]

  • “We are dealing with an insurgency.” In your dreams, dude.

    To anyone who knows a little of the history and nature of the oil & gas industry, it will come as no particular surprise that a couple of gas industry executives, at a 10/31 – 11/01  conference in Houston, recommended the use of military psy ops techniques and former military psy ops operatives to infiltrate […]

  • Kim Jastremski, subject in Applebome NYT story, responds

    My response to Peter Applebome’s NYT article, in which I outline 3 major complaints:. 1.I also invited 5 other much more educated and articulate members of Middlefield Neighbors and Sustainable Otsego to meet with Applebome in my home, and none of the over two hours of conversation we had made it into the article.  Applebome had […]

  • Ken Jaffe’s testimony at the SRBC hearing, 9/15/11

    Public Comments Kenneth Jaffe, MD Meredith, NY SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION September 15, 2011 Thank you for the opportunity to address the Commission. I want voice my objection to permits to withdraw water, and to address the responsibilities of this commission in the light of new scientific information concerning hydrofracking and drinking water quality. I’ll […]

  • Kim Jastremski, subject in Applebome NYT story, responds

    My response to Peter Applebome’s NYT article, in which I outline 3 major complaints: 1. I take issue with the way the article paints a picture of division in our community.  In fact, in my remarks to Peter Applebome, I made the point many times that, if anything, this issue has UNITED our community in the […]

  • Misery: Gas companies as neighbors, the lies they tell, the arms they twist, and the hellish consequences

    From a follow-up interview conducted by e-mail and used with permission: Hi David, Thanks for coming up to Ithaca on Friday. On a separate note, would you mind if I share your experience with fracking with people in Ithaca?  If it’s okay with you for me to do so, I’d also like to confirm what […]

  • Leaked draft NYSDOT document: “The potential transportation impacts are ominous”

    Leaked to NYSDOT Draft Transportation Impacts Paper on natural gas development in the Marcellus Shalefor internal use with Governor Cuomo’s office and DEC From the executive summary: “The potential transportation impacts are ominous. Assuming current gas drilling technology and a lower level of development than will be experienced in Pennsylvania the Marcellus region will […]

  • What’s all this about propane fracking?

    From Ron Bishop, 4/11/2010: “A few “eco-friendly” fracturing schemes are out and about, but they all come with some* issues.” “Propane is a gas at ordinary pressures, but can be fairly easily liquefied with pressure.  It is, of course, a fossil fuel itself.  Using propane would get around using millions of gallons of water, but would not […]

  • Why regulation cannot protect us

    •     No regulation can prevent the extraordinary squandering of fresh water, 5½ million gallons average per well, 100% of which becomes contaminated — permanently — and removed from the natural water cycle. This in an era of critically diminishing supplies of fresh water in the US and around the world. According to Prof. Tony Ingraffea, Cornell rock […]

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