Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Advocates for Morris Letter to Morris Town Board Urging Fracking Ban



February 11, 2014

Mr. Lynn Joy, Town Supervisor
Morris Town Board
Main Street
Morris NY 13808

Dear Mr. Joy and Members of the Morris Town Board:

Following the recent elections and changes to the Board’s composition, we want to take this opportunity to welcome the newly elected members to the Board. Since 2009, concerned citizens of Morris have appealed to the Town Board to address the known hazards associated with the extreme energy extraction process of high volume horizontal hydrofracking known as “fracking” and to present documented evidence on the dangers of fracking. Carol Nealis and Dawn Sieck gave impassioned pleas to the Board in 2009 asking for protections for our community against fracking, and as growing local and national concern increased over the dangers, concerned residents of Morris eventually formed the citizens’ organization known as Advocates for Morris in 2011.  In May 2011, Attorney Michele Kennedy urged the Board to consider its rights and responsibilities under the law. In June 2011, a signed petition proposing a local law banning fracking and a draft Stand-Alone Prohibition against fracking were presented by Bob Thomas on behalf of Advocates for Morris, followed by the Board’s formation of a gas drilling committee.

With growing local and national concern over the dangers of fracking, Advocates for Morris formed affiliations with the Otsego County Coalition Against Unsafe Drilling and New Yorkers Against Fracking, and retained the services of attorneys from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The NRDC provides legal and policy assistance to towns and local governments seeking protection from fracking through its “Community Fracking Defense Project.” 

Advocates for Morris recently conducted a community-wide opinion survey on fracking in an effort to poll local citizens.  Survey mailing costs were underwritten by our members and through a grant from Otsego 2000. The sole survey question—“Do you want to allow fracking for shale gas in Morris?”— was mailed to every Morris household and generated responses from 462 Morris residents over age 18.  The unsolicited mailing yielded a surprisingly good response rate of 33% and we would like to share the survey results with the Board.

The majority of the respondents (71%) were opposed to fracking in Morris. Those among the 29% minority of respondents who said they favor fracking believed it would “provide economic stability and tax relief to the area.”  The survey return-mail forms included direct comments from respondents that ranged from “Thank you for taking the trouble to survey your neighbors,” to “Mind your own business.”   One resident urged officials to “listen to the voices of your people,” adding that the “possibility of poisoning or contamination of the water supply is not worth the risk.”  Another stressed the importance of exploring renewable energy sources.  Several expressed fears that property values might plummet if fracking were to be permitted, with some saying they have delayed investing in property improvements due to the threat of financial loss from fracking seen in other areas of the country.  Our recent survey records will remain on file at the New York offices of NRDC, whose interest in the survey returns is tied to the legal and strategic advice they are providing to us in our campaign for good governance and protections against fracking.

While opinions may differ, growing numbers of people are organizing nationally and internationally to protest fracking.  It has been said “everyone lives downstream,” yet who can really say where upstream ends and downstream begins? Ultimately, every person is downstream from someone else and potentially affected by the harmful actions of others.  As other local towns have conceded, there is too much at stake for the safety of our communities to consider the benefits touted by the drilling industry for fracking in rural communities. From what is known to the public, the drilling industry has very little to lose and virtually no penalties to fear when failed wells, broken promises, financial loss to landowners, water contamination and toxic waste are left in the wake for innocent citizens and communities to endure and clean up. People are demanding stringent governmental controls and accountability from the drilling industry given the health and environmental risks associated with dangerous chemicals used in the fracking process.

Public protest and divided positions are clearly not limited to Morris or the efforts of Advocates for Morris.  Our organization’s concerns simply mirror the growing concerns voiced nationally and internationally.  Because of those concerns, bans and moratoria on fracking have already been enacted by many towns, counties, states and countries to protect the health and welfare of their people. Throughout New York State, there is growing hue and cry over the dangers of fracking and calls for a statewide ban.  (Elected Officials to Protect New York (EOPNY) at nyelectedofficials.org has a resource page containing some good reference material.)  
Here in Otsego County, increasing numbers of municipalities have implemented bans on fracking, including our two neighboring towns—New Lisbon and Butternuts.  Despite the bans in those neighboring towns, residents still have concerns given their proximity to Morris. They question their welfare in the event the government of Morris fails to implement similar protective measures.  

A number of Advocates for Morris members and citizens of Morris have presented information on fracking to the Board during privilege of the floor, requesting that the information be recorded in the meeting minutes. The town’s records contain volumes of written appeals from citizens and Advocates for Morris, as well as documented evidence concerning the impacts of fracking to human health and the environment. Given this history, Advocates of Morris asks the Board and its new members to conduct a retrospective review of this evidence by examining the town’s records and meeting minutes in consideration of the many dangers associated with fracking and how those dangers stand to harm our community and citizens.  While we are encouraged by the results of our recent opinion survey and by the recent changes in the Morris Town Board, we once again call upon members of this Board to meet their responsibility to ensure the safety and welfare of the people by joining with our neighboring communities to enact a ban against fracking in Morris.   



Advocates for Morris
PO Box 177
Morris NY 13808
Onceyouknow.morris@gmail.com

C.  Natural Resources Defense Council
     New Yorkers Against Fracking
     Otsego County Coalition Against Unsafe Drilling 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

West Virginian's Raw Response to Water Crisis Goes Viral

'To Hell With You' - A West Virginian's Raw Response to Water Crisis Goes Viral

I knew Eric Waggoner's essay about the chemical spill went viral when a vice president at NPR sent it to me and said I should read this.
In fact, it's been featured on CNN and Huffington Post. Waggoner is a professor at West Virginia Wesleyan who published the essay under the title "Elemental" on his blog, Cultural Slagheap.
He says he's surprised his words have traveled so far and wide. The best part, he says, is hearing from West Virginians who say, "That's how I feel."
Here it is, republished with Waggoner's permission with two minor language changes so I can allow my ten-year-old daughter to read this:

Eric Waggoner
My dad, a lifelong firefighter, used to teach Hazardous Materials Response and Safety classes to first responders.  The first informational point he covered at the beginning of the course was how to read the classification marks on transportation tankers—the little diamond-shaped signs, usually mounted on the back of the tank, that announce via numerical code what kinds of chemicals are stored in those transport vehicles, and what levels and types of health risks would be associated with a spill in the case of a wreck.
The first homework assignment he gave was for the firefighters to go home and stand on the main cross street in their neighborhoods and home towns for about an hour, and write down the numbers on every tag they saw pass through that intersection, then go look up the numbers.  Dad said that the next week, when those students came back for class, invariably there’d be two or three groups of firefighters whose faces were white as flour.
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This is not going to be a very cogent post, I’m afraid.  We’re still in the middle of the mess that got made for us, and there are still a lot of things we don’t know, including when the water is going to be drinkable again.  I’ll try to be as articulate as I can.
Yesterday, Saturday January 11, I drove to Charleston WV, the city where I was born, and where my parents, my sister and her husband, my niece, and many of my family still live.  I’m two hours north now, up in lumber country.  They’re still down south in coal country.  One of the ways we identify regional demarcations in this state is through industry.
I’d been talking to my folks ever since the spill at Freedom Industries on Thursday morning.  Here’s what we know so far: The spill dumped 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) into the Elk River, a mile and a half upstream from the intake pipes for West Virginia-American Water, a company that serves nine counties.
The spill was caused, according to the most reliable reports we’ve been seeing to this point, because of deterioration of Freedom Industries’ storage and transfer materials for chemicals used in coal processing.  We’re talking here about your basic rusted pipes and breached concrete containment walls.  Freedom Industries hadn’t been inspected by the Department of Environmental Protection in over 20 years.  There was, we’re being told, no plan—no plan—on the books for procedure and protocol, should one of those containment tanks happen to be breached.
I drove down to Charleston on Saturday morning with ten cases of bottled water, as my folks, my sister and brother-in-law, and my niece haven’t been able to use tap water since Thursday.  Saturday morning it rained in Buckhannon—rained hard.  It rained off and on all the way to Charleston, a sheeting, high-wind downpour that at times, through the windshield, looked like driving through a car wash.
About ten miles out of Charleston, the rain slacked off.  The temperature was mild, about 60 degrees.  I drove south to the point where I-79 South ends, and you pick up I-64 West to head into the interstate exchanges on the freeway that runs the length of downtown.  And there, about a mile and a half out, I smelled it, smelled the odor of the MCHM coming in through the car vents.
I keep hearing the odor described as “licorice.”  That’s not quite right, at least to me.  But I can see how you’d make that association.  The smell was both sweet and sharp, and strangely light, at least in comparison to the smells I associated with chemical leaks growing up.  But it was there, suddenly, like someone had flipped a switch.  It wasn’t there, and then the next second, there it was.
I-64 West into Charleston, coming from southbound, unrolls in a big left-hand curve just after you come into the city.  I’ve driven this route hundreds, maybe thousands of times.  I grew up here.  I recognize every building from the freeway—the banks, the hospitals, the hotels and apartment complexes, all of it.  In the deepest part of that big left-hand curve, down off the freeway and to my left, there was West Virginia-American Water Company, and the smell suddenly became very, very strong.
On my way in, the rain had let up.  Now there was low-lying fog, white-and-gray tufts and tendrils of vapor rising up from the street level all around the small wood-frame houses and gas stations and grocery stores.  The sky was dark, and the fog was in the streets, and the smell was everywhere.  I looked at the water company, and I smelled the air, and suddenly I was filled—I mean filled—with a rage that was quite sudden, very unexpected, and utterly comprehensive.
We can never predict what moments are going to affect us this way.  I’m no dewy-eyed innocent about chemical leaks.  They were regular occurrences when I was a kid.  On the merits, this doesn’t seem right now to be the worst industrial threat West Virginia has ever endured.  Hell, it isn’t the most immediately threatening one my family has endured personally; that would be the bromine leak in my very own hometown of Malden in the 1980s, the one that forced a complete evacuation of the entire town until the leak could be contained.
But something about this confluence, the way I had to bring potable water to my family from two hours north, the strange look of the landscape wreathed in rain and mist, the stench of a chemical that was housed directly upstream from the water company—something about all of that made me absolutely buoyant in my rage.  This was not the rational anger one encounters in response to a specific wrong, nor even the righteous anger that comes from an articulate reaction to years of systematic mistreatment.  This was blind animal rage, and it filled my body to the limits of my skin.
And this is what I thought:
To hell with you. 
To hell with every greedhead operator who flocked here throughout history because you wanted what we had, but wanted us to go underground and get it for you.  To hell with you for offering above-average wages in a place filled with workers who’d never had a decent shot at employment or education, and then treating the people you found here like just another material resource—suitable for exploiting and using up, and discarding when they’d outlived their usefulness.  To hell with you for rigging the game so that those wages were paid in currency that was worthless everywhere but at the company store, so that all you did was let the workers hold it for a while, before they went into debt they couldn’t get out of.
To hell with you all for continuing, as coal became chemical, to exploit the lax, poorly-enforced safety regulations here, so that you could do your business in the cheapest manner possible by shortcutting the health and quality of life not only of your workers, but of everybody who lives here.  To hell with every operator who ever referred to West Virginians as “our neighbors.” 
To hell with every single screwjob elected official and politico under whose watch it all went on, who helped write those lax regulations and then turned away when even those weren’t followed.  To hell with you all, who were supposed to be stewards of the public interest, and who sold us out for money, for political power.  To hell with every one of you who decided that making life convenient for business meant making life dangerous for us.  To hell with you for making us the eggs you had to break in order to make breakfast.
To hell with everyone who ever asked me how I could stand to live in a place like this, so dirty and unhealthy and uneducated.  To hell with everyone who ever asked me why people don’t just leave, don’t just quit (and go to one of the other thousand jobs I suppose you imagine are widely available here), like it never occurred to us, like if only we dumb hilljacks would listen as you explained the safety hazards, we’d all suddenly recognize something that hadn’t been on our radar until now. 
To hell with the superior attitude one so often encounters in these conversations, and usually from people who have no idea about the complexity and the long history at work in it.  To hell with the person I met during my PhD work who, within ten seconds of finding out I was from West Virginia, congratulated me on being able to read.  (Stranger, wherever you are today, please know this: Standing in that room full of people, three feet away from you while you smiled at your joke, I very nearly lost control over every civil checkpoint in my body.  And though civility was plainly not your native tongue, I did what we have done for generations where I come from, when faced with rude stupidity: I tamped down my first response, and I managed to restrain myself from behaving in a way that would have required a deep cleaning and medical sterilization of the carpet.  I did not do any of the things I wanted to.  But stranger, please know how badly I wanted to do them.)
And, as long as I’m roundhouse damning everyone, and since my own relatives worked in the coal mines and I can therefore play the Family Card, the one that trumps everything around here: To hell with all of my fellow West Virginians who bought so deeply into the idea of avoidable personal risk and constant sacrifice as an honorable condition under which to live, that they turned that condition into a culture of perverted, twisted pride and self-righteousness, to be celebrated and defended against outsiders.  To hell with that insular, xenophobic pathology.  To hell with everyone whose only take-away from every story about every explosion, every leak, every mine collapse, is some vague and idiotic vanity in the continued endurance of West Virginians under adverse, sometimes killing circumstances.  To hell with everyone everywhere who ever mistook suffering for honor, and who ever taught that to their kids.  There’s nothing honorable about suffering.  Nothing.
To hell with you.  This is the one moment in my adult life when I have wished I could still believe in Hell as an actual, physical reality, so that I could imagine you in it.
That was what I thought.  Not in those words—it came to me in a full-body rush—but I think that’s a reliable verbal representation of the feeling.
Like I said, it wasn’t rational or cogent.  I’m not an eco-warrior or a Luddite, and I’m not anti-business or even anti-industry.  But for years, I’ve watched from inside and out while the place I grew up in, the place where many people I love still live, got sold out and scorched and plowed under and poisoned and filled with smoke.
There are sensible, sane ways to do things.  (A mile and a half upstream from a water intake facility.  Upstream.)  It’s essential for state and federal governments to consult with scientists—actual, real scientists, in spite of this area’s long and fierce tradition of anti-intellectualism when it comes to public policy—and provide a regulatory apparatus for maintaining safety standards and making sure things are up to code, and that there’s a protocol in place for when systems fail.  That’s what a society does to protect the people who live in it.  Or the people who live in it will—should, anyway—naturally come to the conclusion that their health and safety mean zero in the calculus of industry and politics.
Over the past couple of decades, the resource manufacturing industries have been leaving the state in a slow trickle—of their own volition, though, and not, as might have been hoped, at the end of a pike—and gradually, the state is going to have to move to a post-coal, post-chemical economy.  That’s a good development, to my mind.  But the history of sellout politicians and cheapjack business interests in this region keeps me on watch for the next plague of locusts.
Having been made to endure poisoned Air, Earth, and Water, we ought to be mindful of that history, and make sure that history goes with us, always, into the voting booth, into the streets, into the home, into the wider world.
Otherwise, to steal a line from the old hymn—and don’t we love our Jesus, our stories of noble suffering around here—we’ll all of us, residents and politicians and operators alike, find ourselves standing in the Fire Next Time.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

2000+ New Yorkers Rally Against Fracking at Cuomo's State of State Address

Energy, Fracking, New York

2,000+ New Yorkers Rally Against Fracking at Gov. Cuomo’s State of State Address

Frack Action | January 8, 2014 4:04 pm | Comments
More than 2,000 New Yorkers from every corner of the state descended on Albany today to rally against fracking outside of Gov. Cuomo’s (D-NY) State of the State address. The concerned residents pointed to a significant and rapidly growing body of science showing harms of fracking to public health and the environment, delivering a clear message that fracking is inherently dangerous and Gov. Cuomo must ban it statewide. Those at the rally—representing more than 100 organizations—also urged the Governor to be a leader in clean, renewable energy for New York and the nation.
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Concerned residents at the State of the State rally represented more than 100 organizations. Photo credit: Frack Action
“Fracking does not and cannot meet the standards Gov. Cuomo has promised New Yorkers: that all watersheds are sacrosanct and that public health must be protected,” said John Armstrong, a spokesperson for Frack Action and New Yorkers Against Fracking. “As science shows that fracking is inherently dangerous, contaminates water and makes people sick, thousands of New Yorkers are rallying to call on Gov. Cuomo to ban fracking.”
The thousands of concerned New Yorkers rallying came from all parts of New York State amidst the harsh winter weather.
Protesters highlighted the environmental and health dangers fracking would pose to the state, calling for a ban as the only way to protect New York’ water and the health of residents. In the past couple of weeks alone, an Associated Press review of state data in four states confirmed many cases of water contamination from drilling and fracking, a University of Missouri School of Medicine study linked fracking with dangerous hormone-disrupting chemicals, and county health department tests at fracking sites in West Virginia revealed dangerous levels of air contaminants.
“On a day when all eyes in the state are on Albany, we want to remind Governor Cuomo that New Yorkers won’t back off until he protects us by banning fracking,” said Alex Beauchamp, regional director of Food & Water Watch. “The huge crowd here today speaks for a clear majority of New Yorkers that are expecting the governor to stand up for their health and safety, once and for all.”
“Fracking would jeopardize the health of millions of New Yorkers,” said Sandra Steingraber of Concerned Health Professionals of NY. “The best studies and data available compel a ban on fracking to keep our water pure, keep our air clean and to protect the health of our children and families.”
Rally participants handed out a double-sided flier to State of the State participants detailing some of the recent science showing the harms of fracking.
The exaggerated economic benefits touted by the gas industry and the faulty economic analysis of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have been criticized by New Yorkers and economists. An independent multi-state study by a group of research organizations, including the New York Fiscal Policy Institute, showed that drilling in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations has “produced far fewer new jobs than the industry and its supporters claim.”
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State Sen. Tony Avella stands with protesters in support of a state-wide ban on fracking. Photo credit: Frack Action
“Far from being an economic savior, fracking quickly leads to an economic bust and leaves a toxic and public health disaster in its wake,” said Gerri Wiley, RN, an Elmira resident and spokesperson for Save The Southern Tier. ”For the health and wellbeing of the Southern Tier and all of New York State, Gov. Cuomo must ban fracking.”
Public polls continue to show a plurality of New Yorkers oppose fracking and a majority of upstate New Yorkers are opposed to allowing it in the state. Meanwhile, the number of New York State municipal bans and moratoria has grown significantly, now totaling 177.
“We love our state,” said Wes Gillingham of Catskill Mountainkeeper. “And we will not let our communities be permanently damaged for the sake of gas industry profits and leave us with an economic, health and environmental mess for generations. We are here to change the things we cannot accept.”
The gas industry has poured millions of dollars into New York to influence state government through campaign contributions to elected officials and lobbying. Gov. Cuomo is weighing whether or not to allow fracking in New York State. With or without regulations in place, fracking is a menace to public health and will produce hazardous air pollution and endanger the state’s food and water.
The 100+ co-sponsoring organizations include the New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizen Action Of New York, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, CREDO Action, Environment New York, Environmental Advocates of New York, Food & Water Watch, Frack Action, MoveOn, NYPIRG, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Riverkeeper and Working Families Party.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

COME TO ALBANY ON JANUARY 8TH!

 
 
 
 

Join Us With Thousands of New Yorkers to Rally Against Fracking and For Renewable Energy at Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address in Albany, NY!
 

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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

 11:30AM - 3:00PM

Empire State Plaza

Hallways to the Concourse

S Mall Arterial

Albany, NY 12242

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Governor Cuomo has said he intends to make a decision about fracking before the 2014 election. That's why it's critical that we show up in force at his State of the State address - the most important political event of the new year - to demand a ban on fracking!

That's the only way that New York will remain frack-free - if we show up and make our voices heard. That's why we are inviting everyone across the state to join us in Albany on Wednesday, January 8th outside of Governor Cuomo's annual State of the State Address to rally against fracking and for renewable energy.
 
We remain at a critical crossroads - on the fate of New York and the nation. In one direction is fracking, leading to further catastrophic dependence on fossil fuels. That path is lined with drill rigs, contaminated rivers and water wells, smog and toxic air, dangerous pipelines and poisoned farms. It leads to a future with worse climate change, super storms and public health disasters.

In the other direction - Governor Cuomo and the people of New York say to no to fracking and instead embrace renewable energy. That path leads to good jobs, healthy families, and sustainable homes and communities. New York can step up and show the nation and the world a place where people can live, work and thrive without dirty and dangerous extreme energy.  


What: Rally Against Fracking and For Renewable Energy Outside Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address


Who: New Yorkers Against Fracking, Frack Action, Food & Water Watch, Citizen Action NY, NYPIRG, MoveOn, Catskill Mountainkeeper, United for Action, NYH2O, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Shaleshock, Sane Energy Project, Environmental Advocates, Environment NY, Occupy the Pipeline, Save the Southern Tier and many more! (see list in formation here

When: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014


Time: 11:30AM - 3:00PM



Where: Hallways to the Concourse in the Empire State Plaza, S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12242



Please RSVP and Invite Your Friends on Facebook!

Sign Up for The Bus From Locations Across the State!

**Contact Renee Vogelsang at Renee@FrackAction.com to co-sponsor, volunteer or with questions or comments.


Just look around the world and you can see we are in the 11th hour of the climate crisis. Its up to us to turn things around and head down a path of clean water, clean air, clean food and healthy communities. Every single one of you who shows up in Albany on January 8th will make the difference. 


See you in Albany on January 8th!
 

Renee, John, and Julia 
Frack Action

Saturday, December 7, 2013

New Yorkers Against Fracking: Message from Wes Gillingham




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Hi, folks –

This has been an amazing week of powerful actions – and momentum is building for the State of the State rally in Albany on January 8.
  • On Tuesday night, more than 700 people rallied for a ban on fracking outside of Governor Cuomo’s birthday fundraiser in Manhattan. Peter Yarrow led us in song, and dozens of college students helped blare our chants loudly and proudly. Check out this short YouTube video of part of the rally, and check out the photo.
     
  • On Tuesday evening, 75 people packed a public hearing in Buffalo in support of a ban on fracking and fracking waste on Erie County lands. We delivered nearly 4,000 petition signatures in support of the bill. Check out the photos.
     
  • Tuesday, children from different states in the Delaware Valley presented the Commissioners of the Delaware River Basin Commission with an album of over 400 photos of the watershed. These photos were taken by activists to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the ongoing moratorium and show their support for turning that moratorium into a ban.  Check out the video and check out the photos.
     
  • On Wednesday, we delivered more than 50,000 public comments opposing proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) regulations. We held a press conference urging Cuomo to withdraw the dangerous, ill-advised rules, and then delivered dozens of boxes of comments to the DEC’s headquarters. Read some of the coverage in the Wall Street Journal, the Gannett Newspapers and the Times Union.
Between now and January 8 we need to do two things. First, spend well-deserved time with friends and family during the holidays. Second, ensure that the State of the State rally is MASSIVE.

The fate of our state could be decided in 2014. Cuomo says he’ll announce a decision on fracking before the November elections. New York is at a crossroads, and on January 8, we must send a loud message to Cuomo: Not one well!

Sign up and spread the word on Facebook.

Register for a bus to Albany – from all parts of the state.

Together, we are going to win!

-- Wes and the NYAF Team
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Frack Fighters in Otsego County NY

Advocates for Morris is not alone in its efforts to protect our community from hydrofracking.  Check out the list below of some of our fellow "frackfighters" around Otsego County.   Groups such as ours are springing up all over the State--and around the U.S. & the World!

In Otsego County, our coordinating group is the Coalition Against Unsafe Drilling (CAUD), led by Otsego 2000.  Our regional coordinator is Catskill Mountainkeeper; and the statewide coordinating organization is New Yorkers Against Fracking

Advocates for Cherry Valley
Advocates for Morris
Advocates for Springfield
Butternut Valley Alliance
Concerned Burlington Neighbors
Concerned Citizens of Oneonta
Concerned Citizens of Otego
Crumhorn Lake Association
Environmental Activism Club, SUNY Oneonta
First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown
Fly Creek Neighbors
Friends of Butternuts
Middlefield Neighbors
Milford DOERS/Crumhorn Mountain Neighbors
New Lisbon Neighbors
Otsego Neighbors (Otsego & Fly Creek)
Protect Laurens
Protect Pittsfield
Residents of Crumhorn
Roseboom ROAR
Sustainable Otsego
Unadilla Friends and Neighbors
Upper Unadilla Valley Association, Plainfield
Westford Neighbors
Worcester Neighbors

Add to this list "FLEASED," "Stop the Pipeline," and the anti-frack communications media of Action Otsego, Otsego Coalition, and Sustainable Otsego.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Catskill Mountainkeeper (CMK) launched the "Community Fracking Defense Project, " a joint effort through which legal and policy assistance will be provided to towns and local governments, residents, and citizens groups, working to reaffirm communities' rights to protect themselves under State law.