Drilling and the DEC: Responding to Economic Impacts Oct. 15, Ithaca, 1-3:30

Drilling and the DEC: Responding to Economic Impacts
Free, public forum 

Saturday, October 15, 2011
1:00 – 3:30 p.m., Women’s Community Building
100 W. State Street, Ithaca, NY
Grassroots activists, experts, and local officials concerned about protecting our local agriculture and tourism economies, community character, roads and infrastructure, will offer information on the revised Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).  Speakers will address the portion of proposed drilling guidelines that intends to mitigate adverse social and economic impacts such as truck traffic, threats to food crops, and demand on local services.
Panel Moderator:
Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature
Ed Marx, Tompkins County Commissioner of Planning
Jannette Barth, Ph.D., Economist, Pepacton Institute
Barbara Lifton, NY State Assemblywoman for Tompkins and Cortland Counties
James (Chip) Northrup, Partner and investor in oil and gas projects, served on Governor of Texas’ Energy Advisory Council
Wes Gillingham (invited, not confirmed), Program Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper
The NY DEC hired a consulting firm, Ecology and Environment, to assist in analyzing social and economic impacts.  Join us for this event to learn what’s better about the new sGEIS, what concerns remain, and what are some recommendations for the DEC.
Attendees will be encouraged to submit comments on the newly revised SGEIS to the DEC.  Instruction on how to use online formatting and informational links will be provided and made available widely afterwards.
This event will be videotaped and available through the internet at www.shaleshockmedia.org several days following the meeting.
The forum is sponsored by numerous local organizations including:
Shaleshock Action Alliance  *  ROUSE (Residents Opposing Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction)  *  DRAC (Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition)  *  Cayuga Lake Watershed Network  *  Social Justice Committee, First Unitarian Church of Ithaca  *  ENSAW (Enfield Neighbors for Safe Air and Water)  *  NYRAD  *  Groton Resource Awareness Coalition  *  Sustainable Tompkins  *  Committee on Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation, Ithaca First Presbyterian Church  *  Concerned Citizens of Ulysses  *  FLEASED  *  Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation  *  GDACC (Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County)  *  People for a Healthy Environment  *
For more information contact Martha Robertson: mrob@twcny.rr.com,
Hilary Lambert: hilary_lambert@yahoo.com, Sara Hess: sarahess63@yahoo.com.

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