Awareness for Cortland
All wealth flows from the environment, not the other way.
Humans have a very hard time with this concept.
Next GDACC Meeting--May 4, 2014 5:00 pm at SUNY Downtown, 9 Main St. Cortland, NY
Next PIPELINE Committee Meeting– Monday, May ? at 6:30 PM,
SUNY Downtown, 9 Main Street, Cortland NY 13045.
New Pipeline Website: http://email@example.com/
- What: “Coal to Gas conversions? A case study of the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing and its Impacts on the Economy and the Planet “
When: Monday April 21st, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Main Street SUNY Cortland, 9 Main St. Downtown, Cortland, NY
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) is currently requesting plans to convert the coal-burning Cayuga Operating Plant in Lansing, NY on the shores of Lake Cayuga into a natural gas burning facility. This muti-million dollar proposal is being negotiated between the plant operator and NYSEG, the utility company that operates the transmission infrastructure.
If approved, residents and businesses in Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates Counties will pay for the cost of the plant’s conversion on their utility bills. Already, they are required to pay to help keep the old coal burning facility in operation until the PSC makes a final decision and the plan in implemented.
Not only would a decision to re-power the Cayuga Plant lock our region into an expanded use of natural gas, much of which would come from hydrofracking in the Northeast, it is not needed to provide reliable electricity to the region. Both grid operators in the region (NYSEG and National Grid) agree that the least expensive option is to upgrade the transmission lines in the area and to allow the Cayuga plant to close.
Come hear about the details of this important case for the future of energy in central New York and learn how alternatives to re-powering could be pursued that would lead to a healthier, more resilient economy and community for all involved.
Who: Irene Weiser, Councilmember, Town of Caroline and Co-Coordinator of the Ratepayers and Community Intervenors Group which is opposing the re-powering proposals before the PSC.
Talk sponsored as part of SUNY Cortland Green Days 2014
Contact for more information: Brice Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
, an investigative documentary about impacts from fracking in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania, has been called “a bombshell that could reverberate across the state” and is currently touring New York through March.
- Thursday, February 27th at 7 p.m. at the at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca (306 North Aurora Street)
The debut documentary of journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman, Triple Divide reveals how one state’s “world-class regulations” fail to protect people, communities, and the environment. Troutman and Pribanic are also co-founders of the investigative news nonprofit, Public Herald.
“We wanted to look at what impacts are occurring and how are those impacts are being handled,” says Pribanic. “If the state and industry say fracking’s under control, we wanted to see how. Evidence shows however, that impacts from water pollution to civil rights abuses are routinely permitted and ignored.”
“Pennsylvania has some of the best environmental laws in the country, but they aren’t being enforced,” says Troutman. “And major problems like the ‘Pressure Bulb’ effect from fracking, which we cover in Triple Divide, aren’t a part of any state or federal regulations at all.”
The documentary’s namesake, the triple continental divide in Potter County, Pennsylvania, is one of only four highly unique watersheds in North America where three major rivers begin. All three rivers of the Triple Divide are shared with New York — the Allegheny, Genesee and Susquehanna — and provide drinking water to millions of people and hundreds of communities downstream.
The filmmakers will be present at the free screening next Thursday, February 27th at 7 p.m. at the at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca (306 North Aurora Street), hosted by the FracTracker Alliance, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, and the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca. For a detailed list of other screening times and locations, visit http://tripledividefilm.org/screenings or call 419-202-8503.
Hearing on State Energy Plan
March 6, 2014 – 11:00 a.m., Syracuse
Syracuse SUNY College of Environment
Science and Forestry (ESF)
1 Forestry Drive
DEC’s Public Information Meeting on Crude and Tar Sands Oil Transport–Wednesday, February, 12, 2014 @ 6pm.
Please attend DEC’s public information meeting on Global Terminal’s expansion project. The meeting will be held at Giffen Memorial Elementary School: 274 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12202.
NYS DEC has extended the comment period to April, 2, 2014. Mail or email comments to:
Karen M. Gaidasz, 1130 N. Westcott Road, Schenectady, NY 12306, or email@example.com.
- Tues., Feb. 18, 2014 6:30 PM – “Can Your Town Ban Fracking? The Law and Politics”
Attorneys Deborah Goldberg and Joe Heath
Southern Tier Independence Center, 135 E. Fredrick St., Binghamton
- Mon., Feb. 24, 2014 7 PM – Sandra Steingraber vs. John Holko debate
(Ecologist, Author, founder of NYAF) vs. John Holko (Officer, Lenape Resources, IOGA).
Chamber Hall, BU
DOCUMENTS PREPARED BY AN
EXPERIENCED ENVIRONMENTAL ATTORNEY WORKING WITH
“This Assembly Believes
Hydrofracking Does More Harm Than Good.”
Remember to put Governor Cuomo on your
That way, wherever you are, you can
choose option 3 to talk with his assistant, and give your
passionate “elevator speech” of the day.
It’s exciting to express a slightly
different aspect every day!
Donations by check can be made directly to Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County.
For tax deductible donations, which are used specifically for educational projects,
checks should be made payable to
“Sierra Club Foundation” with “Finger Lakes Group” in
the memo line.
All checks can be mailed to
GDACC; PO Box 5151; Cortland, NY
We provide speakers/presentations
for local groups on leasing, economics, environmental, agricultural
impacts of industrial gas drilling.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org