Saturday, July 26, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
JOSH FOX,International WOW Company
TUESDAY, JULY 29
7 PM AT SUNY ONEONTA
Written & directed by JOSH FOX and the INTERNATIONAL WOW COMPANY
GASLAND DIRECTOR JOSH FOX
CO-SPONSORED, Advocates for Morris, Otsego 2000, Butternut Valley Alliance, Brewery Ommegang and Sustainable Otsego
TUESDAYat the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta at 7:00pm
Featuring Josh Fox, John
NEW YORK, New York (June 30, 2014) – Oscar-Nominated and Emmy-Winning filmmaker and activist Josh Fox, together with International WOW Company, will present a workshop presentation of “The Solutions Grassroots Tour.”
The production is an interactive music, theater, and film event that motivates towns to adopt renewable energy solutions for individual, community, and commercial settings, as well as campaign for pro-renewable energy legislation.
Thave an opportunity to
Eventually, the piece will travel all across New York State and serve as a model for the rest of the
Tickets available online: $10 per person--or 99 cents if you bring your utility bill.
About Josh Fox
, and is availible for interviews
Monday, June 30, 2014
JUNE 30, 2014 ONEONTA DAILY STAR
Towns allowed to Ban Fracking
--- The Daily Star
Local governments in New York have the authority to zone out gas drilling and other forms of heavy industry, the state's highest court decided today in a 5-2 ruling that grew out of challenges brought against fracking bans enacted by the towns of Middlefield and Dryden.
The Court of Appeals signaled in the majority decision that it was not focused on the merits of the bans but on the legal authority of the towns to enact keep out drilling - a move the industry claimed superceded their authority.
"The towns both studied the issue and acted within their home rule powers in determining that gas drilling would permanently alter and adversely affect the deliberately-cultivated, small-town character of their communities," according to the majority ruling
"This is a victory for both home rule and our towns," Middlefield Town Supervisor David Bliss told The Daily Star.
Middlefield's ban, enacted in 2011, was challenged by Cooperstown Holstein Corp. The company is owned by Middlefield dairy farmer Jennifer Huntington. She had leased her farm land to a gas company she said was only interested in placing a conventional gas well on her land, not an operation involving the more controversial process known as horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas trapped deep within the earth under layers of shale.
Dryden's ban was challenged by Norse Energy, a company based in Norway.
More than 170 towns, cities and villages in New York have enacted either moratoriums or bans on drilling since Middlefield and Dryden became among the first in the state to keep out drilling.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
2014 HYDRO-FRACKING DAY OF ACTION
Come to Albany on May 12, 2014, for a Fracking Lobby Day!We need action to protect New York from fracking! Join us on May 12 to talk to legislators about fracking, its waste, infrastructure, and the need for a comprehensive health impact assessment.
|9:00am - 9:30am||Registration and Check-In - Hearing Room A
Coffee and Bagels in LOB 211
|9:30am - 10:30am||Issue Briefing|
|11:00am – 3:00pm||Lobby Visits|
|3:00pm||Drop off report forms/check-out - Hearing Room A|
Sponsors:Advocates for Morris * Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy * Center for Environmental Health * Citizens Campaign for the Environment * Environmental Advocates of New York * Otsego 2000 * Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter * ShaleshockCNY
- Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium (A. 5424A/S.4263A)
- Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing (A.1685/S.673)
- Road spreading bill (S.3333A)
- Landfill/WWTP bill (S.5412/A.7497)
- Hazardous Waste Loophole (S.674/A.1046)
Questions or problems with registration? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
An International Day to Stop Fracking
October 11, 2014
Mission Statement: Fracking for oil and gas is inherently unsafe and the harms of this industry cannot be fully mitigated by regulation. We reject the multi-million dollar public relations campaign by big oil and gas companies and urge our local, state, and national officials to reject fracking. We stand united as a global movement in calling on governmental officials at all levels to pursue a renewable energy future and not allow fracking or any of the associated infrastructure in our communities or any communities. We are communities fighting fracking, frac sand mining, pipelines, compressor stations, LNG terminals, exports of natural gas, coal seam gas, coal bed methane and more. Fracking is not part of our vision for a clean energy future and should be banned.
What will organizations get out of participating?
- An opportunity to increase media attention locally by tying local events to the global day of action
- The chance to create a powerful counter-narrative to the industry PR push though coordinated, unified actions across the world
- Sample materials to use for the day of action, including media advisory template, event page to track registrations, and template editable flyers
- An opportunity to build your organization by being part of a growing, powerful, meaningful and winning movement
- Your event featured on the Global Frackdown website and link to your organization and event
Events should be fun, creative, and locally relevant. The idea is to use a global day of action to amplify what is happening and needed locally. Some ideas include:
- Protests outside elected officials’ office
- Street theater outside oil or gas company headquarters
- Film screening of Gasland or Spilt Estate
- Petition gathering action
- Work in community to generate phone calls to key decision makers
- Visibility event at key intersection with signs
- Assemblies / pot luck about fracking with community members
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
February 11, 2014
Mr. Lynn Joy, Town Supervisor
Morris Town Board
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
C. Natural Resources Defense Council
New Yorkers Against Fracking
Otsego County Coalition Against Unsafe Drilling