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January 2, 2011
Groups seek to intervene in pipeline project Threatened Indiana Bat may play a role
PENNSYLVANIA — Three environmental groups are seeking intervener status in a proceeding that would allow construction of a new gas pipeline project that would cut through what the groups call “pristine drinking water sources and fishing streams in the Endless Mountains.” The application is pending with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
The groups seeking to intervene are Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, the Sierra Club and the Lycoming County based group Coalition for Responsible Growth and Resource Conservation.
The non-profit organization Earthjustice is serving as the group’s attorney in the matter. In the motion to intervene, Earthjustice lawyers argued that the 39-mile pipeline project, which would run through Bradford, Sullivan and Lycoming counties in Pennsylvania, could threaten the federally endangered Indiana bat, which has fallen victim to White-Nose Syndrome, a fungus that has claimed the lives of millions of bats over the past three years.
The motion also argues that the project builder and operator, Central New York Oil and Gas Company (CNYOGC), is seeking to begin construction before its environmental studies are complete, and that the project will result in “significant impacts on a pristine natural landscape that should be considered in a full Environmental Impact Statement,” rather than a less comprehensive Environmental Assessment.
The following is a statement from Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg: “Pennsylvania rushed into developing the Marcellus Shale with no comprehensive review of the potential effects on public health or the environment. The state was unprepared for the drinking water contamination, air pollution, and dangerous accidents that came with the frantic pace of drilling. It’s time to stop scrambling to respond to crises and instead to prevent them in the first place. That’s exactly what we’re asking FERC to do, and why we’re asking it to give impacted communities a seat at the table as it reviews the project.”
If FERC grants CNYOGC a Certificate of Public Convenience, the company will be granted the power of eminent domain, which would allow it to force landowners to sell rights of way to allow the pipeline to be constructed.
CNYOGC could not immediately be reached for comment
January 27, 2010
The DEC will hold an open meeting on the use of State Forests including Gee Hill, Hoxie Gorge and Baker SchoolHouse in the eastern portion of the County at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs. Jan. 28th (postponed to Feb. 2nd) at the McGraw High School Caffeteria. Oil and Gas leasing is now a part of the Management plans for many state forests. More complete story on p. 3 in the Jan. 27th issue of the Cortland Standard. Written comments will be accepted until March 1, 2010 (see details below). Read more of this post
January 27, 2010
Mr. Walczak from Bath, NY shared these photos with us today.
The photos from the rally and the march are awesome!
Great job again!!
Video of Jan. 25th Rally part 2
January 2, 2010
Sign on to Walter Hang’s coalition letter demanding the withdrawal of the dSGEIS and a moratorium on gas drilling in New York.
Almost 9000 individuals, government entities, and organizations have signed on to a letter asking the Governor to withdraw and re-submit the DEC regulations addressing the many scientific, legal, health and environmental questions left unresolved by the current draft regulations.
You can sign online! Simply go to:
and click your way through.
Do it NOW, and then pass it along to friends and neighbors who may not be
members of this list.
December 24, 2009
“The report, presented Wednesday to the city’s water board, says that the drilling methods could not only contaminate the water, but also damage the infrastructure of the water supply, including aqueducts.
In a letter sent Tuesday to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the city’s acting environmental commissioner, Steven W. Lawitts, called on the state to withdraw its draft regulations approving the drilling. “…
See the whole article at: http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/23/harnessing-science-to-fight-upstate-drilling/?scp=1&sq=gas%20drilling&st=cse