Gas Drilling
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://stop81pipeline@wordpress.com/


Petition to Stop Congress from Rubber-Stamping Fracked Gas Exports!





  • Local Events

  • 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.

    For more information see http://ratepayersgroup.com/ andhttp://shutdowncayugapower.weebly.com/index.html

    Talk sponsored as part of SUNY Cortland Green Days 2014

    Contact for more information: Brice Smith (brice.smith@cortland.edu)

  • Triple Divide

  • , 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.

  • When:  Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 – 8:30 pm  

    Where:  Tompkins County Library, Borg Warner Room, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca, NY


  • Hearing on State Energy Plan

    March 6, 2014 – 11:00 a.m., Syracuse

    Syracuse SUNY College of Environment
    Science and Forestry (ESF)
    Gateway Center
    1 Forestry Drive
    Syracuse, NY


    Latest Updates

  •  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 r4dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


  • 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


stop 81 pipeline




Marcellus and Utica Shale Potential in New York State

Oct 30, 7pm Cornell Univ. 

 Video Coverage

Informational Meeting on I-81 Pipeline held Sept. 23 at Center for the Arts, Homer NY




dont frack

  • myths 2 columns (1)




Video of Leasing Workshop Mar. 2013 in Norwich


of Jan 10th Assembly Hearing on Hydrofracking



fracking cartoon

“This Assembly Believes
Hydrofracking Does More Harm Than Good.”

Debate at SU Nov. 30, 2012 Video


Remember to put Governor Cuomo on your

 That way, wherever you are, you can
call 518-474-8390,
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!





Preliminary Revised Draft SGEIS
-Selected Comments and

Sign the Coalition Letter to Governor
Cuomo to Withdraw RD



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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 gdacc.cortland@gmail.com   

Us on Facebook


No Frack 
& Friends of Clean Air
and Clean Water
Yard Signs are available for $5 each

Oh My Goodness, natural foods store

in Homer, NY

“It is much easier at
all times to prevent an evil than to rectify mistakes.”

George Washington, 1798


9 Responses to Welcome

  1. Thank you, Thank you so much for all your information. I am using the letter you wrote to Chesapeake and I so appreciate it. Again thanks for all your hard work in keeping us informed.

    • I asked my rural town in NY if we had any areas zoned for heavy industry. The reply was no. We have three areas zoned for light industry. Do I need to do anything else to protect my town from hydraulic fracturing.

      • Sheila Cohen says:

        Andi, There are several people in Cortlandville who are interested to circulate petitions to ask that the town make explicit within their zoning code that they exclude heavy industry. You can email me at scohen3@twcny.rr.com and I will put you in touch with Ray Dunnigan and others who have an interest in assuring that the town does not allow heavy industrial activity such as mining/gas drilling/hydrofracking. Thanks for taking an interest in assuring the community is protected. Sheila Cohen

  2. Radoslav Kamenov says:

    I am writing to you from Bulgaria and in the name of thousands of Bulgarians regarding the upcoming ecological disaster in our country.

    In the middle of June 2011 our government granted a five-year permit to the U.S. company Chevron to carry out shale gas exploration in the most fertile part of our country – “Dobruja”, for 30 million euros. There is much evidence that the technology of exploration and extraction of shale gas is very controversial and it can damage the environment. We are trying to organise ourselves via facebook – so far we have formed a group of about 10 000 enthusiasts – in order to inform the Bulgarian population about the dangers of exploration and extraction of shale gas.

    Our request is: We know that there are a lot of people in the US that are harmed by the hidraulic fracturing consequences How about if we coordinate our activities , record them and give them to medias for broadcasting IN BOTH OUR COUNTRIES SIMULTANEOUSLY?It is ever increasingly difficult to overcome the obstacles of our famous bureaucratic machine, as well as the pessimistic attitude of some fellow Bulgarian citizens, fed up with the statements of the Bulgarian Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, and a group of biased scientists from the Bulgarian Academy of Science. According to them, the exploration of shale gas is safe and no different than the exploration of oil and natural gas, and the extraction itself doesn’t represent any danger to the environment. Of course, there are many other specialists who are saying the opposite, but they are given no publicity, which doesn’t surprise us at all.

    Our Facebook group’s page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/ecobg/
    For contacts: dokumentalni2@gmail.com or facebook.

    With regards,

    A Bulgarian Civil Movement, which wants to preserve the beauty and integrity of our country’s nature.

  3. Virginia Karpenko says:

    I appreciated the sample letter for sending and canceling a gas lease. I am using it to cancel our lease; however, I find one item lacking in this web site and similar web sites. You tell us to get a good attorney that is familiar with gas leases, but you don’t list any on your site. I attended Joe and Mikes’ seminar in Summer Hill and they recommended it as well, but again no particular names given and Joe stated he certainly wasn’t looking for more work. It does no good to Google for them you get news items and very few names. Why don’t you provide a list of attorneys that handle gas leases (writing and canceling them)? If you’ve got a listing here you’ve managed to bury it where I’m having trouble finding it. Thanks for all the information.

  4. Virginia Karpenko says:

    I want to thank everyone that helped to build this site and for the sample letters on canceling a lease. I received wonderful news today in the mail…I received my lease termination notice that had been filed in the county clerk’s office. I was overjoyed. A great burden has been lifted from my family. When we signed the lease we’d never heard of hydrofracking and foolishly assumed that any drilling would be a traditional well. I know now that there were questions that should have been asked and weren’t. I only hope that more people in New York come to realize that even though the offer of big bucks is tempting, a pristine country side is more important. Thank you for everything.

  5. Dan McConnell says:

    From http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/205.html:

    “Oil, gas and solution salt mining wells are economically important in New York State ….

    “….In addition, the Division protects the correlative rights of mineral owners and ensures that oil and gas reserves are developed such that a greater ultimate recovery can be achieved. This is accomplished through well spacing and compulsory integration.”

    This isn’t conservation of the environment, it’s collusion with drilling companies. Were real returns/gains locally to be realized-you could ALMOST explain away the evil. But there’s not even that. For all the whining about an economic opportunity that could be squandered, the people involved have already proven how they handle economic opportunity. It would be a net loss for us and the environment, an incredible gain for them. I say the law should be the more you make off a drilling, collection, storage, processing, operation, the closer you have to live to the site.

  6. Bob Lidsky says:


    Welcome to REAL NYS – Responsible Associated Landowners of New York State

    As a landowner in NYS, please join the movement to protect your land, home, livelihood and family from the impacts of fracking.

    You can learn more by checking Our Mission and Our Work at: http://realnys.com

    As the battle continues over fracking, the gas companies claim that they represent a majority of landowners. We beg to differ. We are sure there are many more landowners who believe that our land is worth protecting from industrialization and that we are, first and foremost, stewards for our land. We refuse to be bullied into trading short-term energy profit for long term environmental and community destruction.

    Won’t you join us?

    Visit the site, go to the join us! page and add your land to the list/survey so we can show the government, politicians and gas industry that we stand together, united in our commitment to keep our lands frack-free. All property, in every part of NYS, and of every size should be included.

    And please, spread the word by forwarding this message to everyone you know in NYS. Help us change the conversation about gas drilling. Let us show the world how much New York’s landowners love their land. Thank You!

    Please Forward

  7. Ryatt says:

    Thank you GDACC for doing what you are doing to help protect Cortland County. Can anyone please give me an accurate number of the percentage of Cortland County (preferably by village/town) that has been leased for drilling?

    Thank you!

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