Gas Drilling Stories from the frontlines Cortland, June 23


  • Thursday evening, June 23, 2011 7-9 pm

  •  Cortland First Methodist Church– 734 NY Rt. 222, west of the airport and ½ mile from the intersection of routes 222 and 281.

Join us for refreshments and to hear the stories of five people whose lives have been impacted by gas drilling and/or related activities:

  • Weston Wilson, retired EPA scientist and whistleblower, who recently appeared on 60 minutes will discuss the history of fracking and the many exemptions that the industry has from environmental laws. He will focus on how wells fail and the need to study the systemic risks of methane in wells and toxic gases from this industry.

  • Tara Meixsell will chronicle the countless devastated lives ruined out west by gas and oil development.  She will reveal how she got involved in the long term heroic grassroots struggle to effect political and legislative change over an inherently dangerous fracked gas industry.

  • Rick Roles, charismatic cowboy from Rifle, Colorado who appeared in the films Gasland and Split Estate, will explain what happened when a gas company out to make a quick buck sank 19 gas wells on his ranch and he was surrounded by three gigantic evaporation pits.

  • Jeff and Jodi Andrysick, farmers from Pulteney, NY who produced and directed the film All Fracked Up will talk about why Pennsylvania Homeland Security labeled this peaceful farm couple  “eco-terrorists.”

This event is organized by GDACC, MICAH, and Jeff and Jodi Films and is co-sponsored with the Environmental Justice Committee of SUNY Cortland’s Center for Gender & Intercultural Studies and the Sierra Club Finger Lakes Group.   For additional information, visit GDACC’s website ( or email

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