Drilling and the DEC: Responding to Economic Impacts

*Drilling and the DEC: Responding to Economic Impacts*
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*Saturday, October 15, 2011** Ithaca, NY*
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About 300 people came to hear grassroots activists, experts, and local officials concerned about protecting our local agriculture and tourism economies, community character, roads and infrastructure The presenters offered information on the revised Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS).****Speakers addressed 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. The forum was moderated by Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature. Panelists included Ed Marx, Tompkins County Commissioner of Planning, who addressed the impacts of drilling on local communities. Jannette Barth, Ph.D., Economist, Pepacton Institute, who addressed the flaws in the new socioeconomic impact study. Barbara Lifton, NY State Assemblywoman for Tompkins and Cortland Counties, who addressed what she and other legislators are doing about the shale gas impacts. James (Chip) Northrup, Partner and investor in oil and gas projects, served on Governor of Texas’ Energy Advisory Council, who addressed how to make responses to the DEC. *
*Papers available at http://tinyurl.com/ithaca-sgeis*
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*Video Shot By Cris McConkey available at **http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6FD26CFB7DAB7D2D*
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*Edward Marx <http://www.tcgasmap.org/media/Marx%20Slides%2010-15-11.pdf>
/AICP, Tompkins County Commissioner of Planning and Community Sustainability. His presentation focused on cumulative impacts (and the lack of adequate treatment of them in the revised draft SGEIS) and impacts of gas drilling on local governments./*

*Jannette Barth <http://www.tcgasmap.org/media/Barth%20Slides%2010-15-11.pdf

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/Economist with Pepacton Institute, an economic research and consulting firm. She has worked in the fields of economic analysis and econometric modeling and forecasting for over 35 years. Her presentation discussed what is missing and what is wrong in the economic analysis included in the socio-economic impact section of the revised draft SGEIS./*

*Barbara Lifton <http://www.tcgasmap.org/media/Lifton%20Slides%2010-15-11.pdf>
/NY State Assemblywoman for the 125th District. Ms. Lifton drafted and is sponsor of Assembly Bill 3245 that clarifies that municipal governments have authority to control whether and where resource extraction can take place in their jurisdictions. Ms. Lifton discussed differences between the Assembly bill and the Senate bill drafted by Sen. Seward and the prospects for legislative action in the next session (in the current year the State Senate has refused to take up any gas drilling bills)./*

*James (Chip) Northrup <http://www.tcgasmap.org/media/Northrup%20Slides%2010-15-11.pdf>
/Former planning manager at Atlantic Richfield and an independent oil and gas investor for over 30 years; Mr. Northrup has served on the Governor of Texas’ Energy Advisory Council. His presentation debunked various myths: that New York’s regulations are stronger than in any other state, that the SGEIS is scientifically based (its politically based), and the overestimates of gas resources and economic impacts. Includes instructions on how to comment on the SGEIS and contains links to information and templates that make commenting easier.
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