Train delayed again? Blame the oil boom. – CSMonitor.com

http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2014/0827/Train-delayed-again-Blame-the-oil-boom

Explosive Virginia Train Carried Fracked Bakken Oil, Headed to Potential Export Facility | DeSmogBlog

Explosive Virginia Train Carried Fracked Bakken Oil, Headed to Potential Export Facility | DeSmogBlog.

DEC Announces Air Screening Plan for Albany’s South End Neighborhoods – A New NYSDEC Press Release

DEC Announces Air Screening Plan for Albany’s South End Neighborhoods – A New NYSDEC Press Release.

Preble Takes a Stand

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A model for other Cortland Co. towns?  There are actually over 200 NY towns/cities/counties that have imposed bans or moratoria on various aspects of fossil fuel extraction, production, transportation and infrastructure.  Except for very specific bans on selling municipal water and processing fracking waste at the Cortland’s municipal treatment plant, this is the first ban in Cortland County and one of the most comprehensive state-wide.  This ban is based on the town’s comprehensive plan and on a revision of the zoning code,  local and external legal and technical consultation and extensive official and citizen participation.

Preble’s ban recognizes that the threats to its agricultural and rural character extend far beyond the drilling of gas wells because explosive fossil fuels require massive industrialization–pipelines, storage facilities, surface transportation by trucks and rail, compressors, etc.  Even if the NY hydrofracking ban remains in place, the fossil fuel infrastructure will continue to expand.

Concerns go beyond “worry” about water contamination, explosions, health dangers, economic boom and bust and destruction of existing economies.  Research from PA, CO, TX and other heavily industrialized fossil fuel production areas is providing proof that these impacts are real and significant.  This week’s fatal gas main explosion in New York City reminds us that continuing to rely on fossil fuels and our aging infrastructure is a dead end.

Preble Bans Fossil Industrialization

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Seneca in the Balance — Live Stream Archive – YouTube

Seneca in the Balance — Live Stream Archive – YouTube.

Bakken Crude, Rolling Through Albany – NYTimes.com

Bakken Crude, Rolling Through Albany – NYTimes.com.

Feb. 13, 2014: Tom Wilber, Tom West, Chris Denton, Joseph Campbell | Member Supported Public Television, Radio |WCNY

Feb. 13, 2014: Tom Wilber, Tom West, Chris Denton, Joseph Campbell | Member Supported Public Television, Radio |WCNY.

Susan Arbetter discusses the latest fracking and natural gas storage developments in New York  State with Under the Surface author Tom Wilber, attorneys Tom West and Chris Denton, and Gas Free Seneca’s Joseph Campbell.

Why Nothing Is Being Done to Improve Oil by Rail Safety | DeSmogBlog

Why Nothing Is Being Done to Improve Oil by Rail Safety | DeSmogBlog.

Rail oil shipping raises safety concerns in Albany – News Local Massachusetts – Boston.com

Rail oil shipping raises safety concerns in Albany – News Local Massachusetts – Boston.com.