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Lifton Calls For Public Hearing on Hydrofracking

Radioactivity in the air or in the water is something neither we nor the Japanese ever thought we’d have to face. Nuclear reactors in earthquake zones suddenly don’t make sense. Did hydro-fracking ever make sense? Your presence at Tuesday’s rally will make a difference (see below). Please read the following (bolding mine):

Lifton Calls For Public Hearing on Hydrofracking
and Release of DEC Documents

For Immediate Release
Date: March 2, 2011
Contact: Barbara Lifton (518) 455-5444

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF- 125th AD) today has called for a public hearing and for the release of all documents exchanged between NYS DEC and the federal EPA on High-volume Hydrofracking (HVHF) from 2007, when concerns were first raised about HVHF in New York, through the current SGEIS process. Lifton said these actions are warranted based on new reporting by The New York Times on the issue of HVHF, its impact on drinking water in Pennsylvania, especially, and the disposal of flowback water in New York.

“The investigation done by New York Times raises fresh alarm about the issues I and many others have raised regarding the nature of the flowback wastewater from hydrofracking, its treatment and disposal, and the potential danger to public health,” said Lifton.

“We need to stop and ask questions about the EPA and industry research that highlights the inability of wastewater treatment plants to adequately process flowback from hydrofracking, and about whether the EPA adequately shared the results of their 2009 investigation of the Monongahela River disaster which resulted in Pittsburgh’s 850,000 residents having to drink bottled water, described by the EPA as ‘one of the largest failures in U.S. history to supply clean drinking water to the public,’” Lifton continued. Lifton said the issue of elevated levels of radioactivity of the flowback wastewater is one of many critical areas that needs immediate attention, as the EPA found that, even after treatment, discharged wastewater with dangerous levels of radiation contamination posed a great risk to drinking water.

“We must not allow for the contamination of NY’s critical fresh water resources. Gathering information to fully understand the risks of hydrofracking is critical in crafting the best public policy in New York, if, indeed, drilling is allowed to occur. We simply cannot allow the kind of disasters that have happened in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to happen here in New York State. The health of all New Yorkers hangs in the balance,” Lifton emphasized.

The Syracuse March 22, 2011 Rally to Protect NYS from Radioactive Fracking Waste is part of a statewide movement.

Rally to Protect NYS from Radioactive Fracking Waste

Tuesday, March 22nd
5:30 – 6:15 pm
Thornden Park Water Tower

Thornden Park, off of Beech St. and Ostrom, near SU
Call 470-0778

Call for clean, safe water, air and food

No to Hydro-Fracking
No to radioactive and hazardous waste which is freely released, untracked and unmonitored
Yes to conservation and truly sustainable energy policy and production

Is Horseheads too far away for us to care?

It’s happening to them, not me. They are far away. Not my concern. It’s too big an issue to wrap my mind around it. It’s so bad, it can’t actually be happening. It’s someone else’s job to make sure this doesn’t happen here. Our state government will protect us from it.

Yeah, right.

On Tuesday, March 22, at 5:30 pm, there will be an anti-fracking, pro-drinking-water rally at the water tower in Thornden Park. Will you be there?

There are already over 1,000 gas leases in Onondaga County (see map below). Syracuse is only 84 miles from Horseheads, NY.  How close does hydrofracking have to get to Syracuse before we do something to stop it?  Read a few details from this article dated February 25, 2011, and imagine it happening – as it well could – to you or your neighbors, your cousins in Cortland, your camp on the lake:

Upstate New York Community Launches Fracking Suit

New York, NY: Nine families from the town of Horseshead in Upstate New York have launched a massive class-action suit against the Anschutz Exploration Corporation and its subcontractors alleging that a hydraulic fracturing operation to extract natural gas destroyed their property values and contaminated their drinking water….

…”Some of the contaminants are known carcinogens and everyone there has a serious fear of cancer,” says Bern.

“The families in Horseshead may not be able to live in their homes for as long as they would have liked,” says Bern. “I don’t know who would buy those homes; maybe someone would want it for a natural gas lease or something of that nature.”

According to the 45-page statement of claim, representatives of the Anschutz Exploration Corporation went knocking on doors in Horseshead two years ago before the drilling began and told homeowners that they “would never know anything was happening and everything would be the same after the gas wells were drilled.”

Six months after Anschutz drilled two 10,000 foot deep wells in February 2010, families living in close proximity to the wells discovered their drinking water was contaminated with combustible gases like propane and dissolved methane, and other toxins.

The Horseshead families can no longer use their well water for drinking, cooking or bathing.

For many of us, the biggest investment we have is our home. Equally important, it is where we live, where we have roots in our community. If the water serving your home were to become carcinogenic, what would you drink?  And how would you ever get the value out of that home that you put into it?

~  ~  Please consider bringing your children to this rally
for a real-life lesson in civic involvement. ~  ~


Rally to Protect NYS from Radioactive Fracking Waste

Following is all the text from an email I got today. I have no need to add to it:

Rally to Protect NYS from Radioactive Fracking Waste

Tuesday, March 22nd
5:30 – 6:15 pm
Thornden Park Water Tower

Thornden Park, off of Beech St. and Ostrom, near SU
Call 470-0778

Call for clean, safe water, air and food

No to Hydro-Fracking
No to radioactive and hazardous waste which is freely released, untracked and unmonitored
Yes to conservation and truly sustainable energy policy and production

The NY Times recently ran three in-depth articles about the extremely harmful consequences of hydro-fracking across the US.
Please take the time to read the articles.
The details are very disturbing.  We can not allow this to happen.

Please add your voice and body to the growing cry against irresponsible and immoral hydro-fracking.

Thank you.

Please forward this to as many people as possible.

Please let Stacey Smith <fishswimfreely@yahoo.com> know if you want your organization listed as a participant.

©2010 Kristin J Mosher

Do you see the numbers?

8,000 truck trips per well pad
1,000 gas leases on Onondaga County

How many potential truck trips on our county roads? 8,000,000

This must be stopped and you can do it.  Come to the rally.