Be an Organizer (suggestions and resources for educating your friends and neighbors)


  • Ask local officials to formulate local laws to protect public health,  local agricultural and tourism industries, physical infrastructure like roads and bridges, the natural environment and property rights and values from the gas industry.

  • Circulate petitions

      • For towns with comprehensive plans/zoning codes:

        As a resident, I urge the ___________________ town board to amend its zoning code to prohibit heavy industry such as hydrofracking.   I also request that the town prohibit fracking waste from being generated or accepted for disposal or use anywhere in the town.

      • For towns with no comprehensive plans/codes:

        As a resident, I urge the ___________________ town board to pass police protection laws to prohibit hydrofracking in order to protect the health and welfare of residents and preserve the rural character of our community. I also request that the town board pass laws to prohibit fracking waste from being generated or accepted for disposal or use anywhere in the town.

  • Ask for your town be prepared to stand up to the gas companies.

  • How to Promote a Town Ban on Hydrofracking–Step by Step

  • Respond to the DEC’s 2011 SGEIS.  Find help in doing this on gdacc.wordpress.com or TCGasMap.org

  •  Demand Equal Environmental Protection for All New Yorkers From Marcellus Shale Horizontal Hydrofracturing.  If Marcellus Shale Hydrofracturing cannot be done safely in New York City and Syracuse watersheds, state lands and over primary aquifers, it obviously cannot be done safely anywhere in New York.

  • Ask for public hearings and at least a 180 day comment period for the 1000 plus page Draft SGEIS.

  • Write a letter or e-mail to your state representatives urging them to act based on information. (find addresses at NY State Assembly or Senate)

  • Ask your state legislators  if they will sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to repeal Sec. 2 of ECL 23-0303 and return home rule granted by the NYS Constitution to municipalities in the areas of health and safety.  Also ask for designation of drilling waste as hazardous material and ask for a ban if you want.  If they do not agree,  why not? Then give their answer to the press.

  • Call Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390.  Email the Governor at www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php to tell him that hydrofracking is not the answer to NY’s economic problems.

  • Ask your U.S. Senators and Representative to support the strongest environmental regulation possible to protect public health and the environment.

  • Study state and federal legislation & regulations and communicate with policy makers on drilling issues

  • Meet with your state legislators to ask if they will sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to repeal Sec. 2 of ECL 23-0303 and return home rule granted by the NYS Constitution to municipalities in the areas of health and safety. If not, why not? Then give their answer to the press.


We, the undersigned residents of central New York, support a moratorium on all natural gas drilling in our townships/cities/villages until such time as the short-term and long-term impacts of this industry on our health, environment, infrastructure, property values, quality of life and community character can be fully evaluated, planned for, and mitigated via responsible and appropriate ordinances and regulations.

Others to Contact:


Contact your Town or Village Officials or See Agendas of Public meetings

Cortland County Public Officials Word doc.

Contact your Representatives

*Cortland County Legislators

New York State Senate E-mail Addresses


Do Something

At the end of every GAS LAND screening, Josh is asked what can be done to stop this destructive practice.  Here are three actions you can take right now: 1. Call your Representativeshttp://noimpactproject.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e900b2672b92c75d70ec2209c&id=d57c486014&e=5e6b3e0e6e> and tell them to pass the FRAC Acthttp://noimpactproject.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e900b2672b92c75d70ec2209c&id=9aef883e09&e=5e6b3e0e6e> 2. Write a Letter To The Editor of your local paper, but first visit the Environmental Working Group to learn the facts<http://noimpactproject.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e900b2672b92c75d70ec2209c&id=8869d157f2&e=5e6b3e0e6e> about fracking 3. Got a neighbor considering signing a lease?  Give them a copy of OGAP’s Oil and Gas At Your Doorhttp://noimpactproject.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e900b2672b92c75d70ec2209c&id=fbad644015&e=5e6b3e0e6e> and invite them to a screening of Gasland.



Name Address Town/Village
Phone: Email
Projects Interest Head group What could you contribute?
Talk to friends neighbors about implications of drilling
Meet with legislators, local officials to express your concerns and provide them with information
Attend legislature committees, town, city, village meetings to provide information and influence policy (Great if we could have someone at every legislative committee meeting and every town board meeting)
Study state and federal legislation & regulations and communicate with policy makers on drilling issues
Study issues, Check out www.gdacc.wordpress.com Collect data, and write letters to the editor, reports, brochures, videos or prepare power-point presentations to educate community or policy makers.
Plan outreach activities
  • Programs, speakers
  • Tabling at events
  • Help with contacting public officials
  • Create publicity—ads, flyers, banners, signs, powerpoint presentations, videos, blogs, website
  • Find venues for speakers, film showings
  • Float for Dairy Parade
  • Provide music or street theater for outdoor events
  • Refreshments at events
  • Other
Legal research
Donate to organizations that are providing advocacy, publication, legal help for communities and victims.
Work to educate particular groups: medical, health, real estate, business, civic, faith-based, outdoor enthusiasts, young people, etc.
Fundraising for publications, mailings, conference registration fees, advertising
Scientific research –establishing baseline data for water, soil, air
Education–develop curricula for elem/secondary, post-secondary education
Attend other regional meetings and report back
Economic/social impacts research
Organize a film showing at a library, club, church

Return as an attachment to gdacc.cortland.com or mail to P.O. 5151, Cortland, NY 13045

Help with video project:

1: Do you want to help fight fracking in NY?

2: Do you like to watch videos on the internet?

Then we need YOU!!
Please help with this important video project!!!!!!

We are trying to compile a comprehensive educational video about
ALL the risks of hyrdrofracking for the citizens of NY,
compiling and excerpting from the existing the vast wealth of online

We have a team of people all over NY (and elsewhere) who are helping us with
this project, but WE NEED YOUR HELP!

When you find a video about any of the issues around Hydrofracking/Gas
which is EXCELLENT, please visit this page and fill out the form below.

THANK YOU!! And please share the link to this page with all your
email groups who are fighting fracking:


* <http://tinyurl.com/NYFrackVideoProject>

Damascus Citizens Help Street

DONATE for Advertising and Outreach Events

TAX DEDUCTABLE DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO GAS DRILLING AWARENESS FOR CORTLAND COUNTY Make checks payable to “Sierra Club Foundation” with “Finger Lakes Group” in the memo line.

Checks can be mailed to GDACC
PO Box 5151
Cortland, NY 13045

One Response to WHAT YOU CAN DO

  1. Lindsay Groves says:

    Great website!!! How can we reach the NY couch potatoes about this? Need a public-spirited advertising agency and tv stations to get Sharon Rogers, Tony Ingraffea, Sandra Steingraber, Walter Hang some time on the screen!

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