NYC Comptroller-elect files in support of fracking bans | Capital New York

NYC Comptroller-elect files in support of fracking bans | Capital New York.

County Bans on the Improper Re-use and Disposal of Fracking Waste

County Bans on the Improper Re-use and Disposal of Fracking Waste

At least 10 New York counties have passed bans on the improper re-use and/or disposal of fracking waste. Ulster, Oneida, Tompkins, and Orange Counties have prohibited road spreading of fracking waste, and Nassau County has prohibited the acceptance of such waste at wastewater treatment facilities. Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Albany, and Suffolk Counties have prohibited both road spreading and acceptance of fracking waste at wastewater treatment plants.

For a link to a particular ban, click on the county name:

– See more at: http://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/safeguard/gas-drilling/the-facts-about-new-york-and-fracking-waste/#sthash.F47U3WZa.dpuf

County bans drilling waste – Times Union

County bans drilling waste – Times Union.

Comprehensive ban in Town of Caroline

I think its important to clarify that “No Gas Here” does not mean that Bans are not needed.

As Chip has said succinctly-  The “reward” of gas drilling has been grossly overstated, but the risks remain unaddressed.
Here’s some things that Caroline’s ban prevents in addition to actual drilling.
Natural Gas And/Or Petroleum Exploration Activities – Geologic or geophysical activities related to the search for natural gas, petroleum or other subsurface hydrocarbons, including prospecting, geophysical and geologic seismic surveying and sampling techniques, but only to the extent that such activities involve or employ core, rotary, or any other type of drilling or otherwise make any penetration or excavation of any land or water surface in the search for and evaluation of natural gas, petroleum, or other subsurface hydrocarbon deposits.
Natural Gas And/Or Petroleum Support Activities – Shall mean and be any one or more of the following: (a) Natural Gas Compression Facility; (b) Natural Gas Processing Facility; (c) Natural Gas And/Or Petroleum Extraction, Exploration Or Production Wastes Disposal/Storage Facility; (d) Natural Gas And/Or Petroleum Extraction, Exploration Or Production Wastes Dump; (e) Land Application Facility; (f) Non-Regulated Pipelines; (g) Underground Injection; or (h) Underground Natural Gas Storage.
Natural Gas And/Or Petroleum Extraction, Exploration Or Production Wastes Disposal/Storage Facility – Any of the following: (a) tanks of any construction (metal, fiberglass, concrete, etc.); (b) impoundments; (c) pits; (d) evaporation ponds; or (e) other facilities, in any case used for the storage or treatment of Natural Gas And/Or Petroleum Extraction, Exploration Or Production Wastes that: (i) are being held for initial use, (ii) have been used and/or are being held for subsequent reuse or recycling, (iii) are being held for treatment, or (iv) are being held for storage.
Natural Gas And/Or Petroleum Extraction, Exploration Or Production Wastes Dump – Land upon which Natural Gas And/Or Petroleum Extraction, Exploration Or Production Wastes, or their residue or constituents before or after treatment, are deposited, disposed, discharged, injected, placed, buried or discarded, without any intention of further use.
Natural Gas Compression Facility – Those facilities or combinations of facilities that move natural gas or petroleum from production fields or natural gas processing facilities in pipelines or into storage; the term shall include equipment for liquids separation, natural gas dehydration, and tanks for the storage of waste liquids and hydrocarbon liquids.
Natural Gas Processing Facility – Those facilities that separate and recover natural gas liquids (NGLs) and/or other non-methane gases and liquids from a stream of produced natural gas, using equipment for any of the following: cleaning or stripping gas; cooking and dehydration; residual refinement; treating or removing oil or condensate; removing water; separating NGLs; removing sulfur or carbon dioxide; fractionation of NGLs; and/or the capture of CO2 separated from natural gas streams.
Underground Natural Gas Storage – Subsurface storage, including in depleted gas or oil reservoirs and salt caverns, of natural gas that has been transferred from its original location, whether for the purpose of load balancing the production of natural gas or for any other reason, including without limitation short-term, long-term, or intermittent storage for product quality, processing, or transportation purposes, or because of market conditions. Without limitation, this term includes compression and dehydration facilities, and associated pipelines.
Hope this helps clarify why we still need Town Bans even if there is not a profitable amount of gas to recover in Tompkins County.  Without a ban, you town is still susceptible to all the above risks from drilling in neighboring areas.
In addition, your Towns should enact Road Preservation and Aquifer Protection Laws.
Irene Weiser
Brooktondale, NY

 

Marcellus Watch: Drillers go for broke in appeal of bans – News – The Leader – Corning, NY

Marcellus Watch: Drillers go for broke in appeal of bans – News – The Leader – Corning, NY.

EU-Canada trade agreement threatens fracking bans

EU-Canada trade agreement threatens fracking bans.

Stephanie Low via googlegroups.com 
3:21 PM (26 minutes ago)

to STEPHlow
Folks,

Please read the info on the EU-Canada agreement below. I know trade agreements don’t look very sexy, but if passed, they’ll have a HUGE impact on our lives. Take a look at the SClub Fact Sheet here which highlights the TPP’s fracking aspect http://www.sierraclub.org/trade/downloads/TPP-LNG%20Factsheet%20FINAL.pdf
Relevant excerpt:
The TPP may allow for significantly increased exports of liquefied natural gas without the careful study or  adequate protections necessary to safeguard the American public. This could mean an increase of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking…. It would also likely cause an increase in natural gas and electricity prices, impacting consumers, manufacturers, workers, and increasing the use of dirty coal power.

And that’s just for starters: the TPP would violate U.S. sovereignty by subjecting our environmental regs to regulation by foreign tribunals.
Relevant excerpt:
To date, corporations such as Exxon Mobil and Dow Chemical have launched more than 450 cases against 89 governments. Nearly $675 million has been paid to corporations under U.S. FTAs and bilateral investment treaties, with about 70% of money going to oil, gas, and mining industries.

This is a BIG deal, especially since Japan just joined the 11 countries already negotiating the texts. The TPP would cover 40% of all global trade, and it wouldn’t be to anyone’s advantage but the 600 transnational corporations that have access to the negotiations, as opposed to the public, the press and Congress!

We need to get informed, get active, make sure our congressional reps get hold of the agreed-on texts, share them with us, and pledge to vote against Fast Track, thus allowing Congress to keep its constitutionally assigned  right to discuss and amend trade agreements.

Attend the Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30 PM, event described in the attached SAVE THE DATE, sponsored by Sierra Club and All Souls Unitarian Church in NYC to find out more and GET INVOLVED.

Thanks!
Stephanie

The Marcellus Effect: 3rd NY Town Wins in Court over Frack Ban

The Marcellus Effect: 3rd NY Town Wins in Court over Frack Ban.

Ottawa sued over Quebec fracking ban – Business – CBC News

Ottawa sued over Quebec fracking ban – Business – CBC News.

Current High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Bans and Moratoria in NY State

Current High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Bans and Moratoria in NY State.

Current High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Bans and Moratoria in NY State

Current High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Bans and Moratoria in NY State.