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Mountainkeeper and Allies Protest Constitution Pipeline Draft

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Wes Gillingham at press conference to oppose the Constitution Pipeline

Wes Gillingham at press conference to oppose the Constitution Pipeline

ORGANIZATIONS OBJECT TO CONSTITUTION PIPELINE
The organizations including Catskill Mountainkeeper, Citizen Action, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Earthjustice and the Sierra Club say the evaluation of the pipeline is not good enough. They say it’s not a full environmental review of the project, which will have negative impacts on wildlife and homes, which could impact homeowners insurance and future mortgages.

“FERC hasn’t stopped any of these pipelines that have been proposed in recent history. They approve them carte blanche. We’re talking about something serious here, about using eminent domain to take public property. That’s under the conditions of public good. They have not adequately shown public good,” said Wes Gillingham of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Opponents of the pipeline believe that ultimately gas companies are looking to transport gas to the east coast and overseas to open up new markets, which would help drive up the price of gas. They also want FERC to extend the comment deadline.

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Catskill Mountainkeeper Launches Climatekeeper

FloodingWhat do the Polar Vortex in the Northeast US, decimating drought in the Southwest US, devastating flooding in England and the warmest winter Olympics in history have in common?  They are all new and extreme weather events that are indicative of the coming instability of our climate as a result of human caused climate change.

Catskill Mountainkeeper has launched the Climatekeeper initiative to address the critical problem of climate change because banning fracking alone will not be enough to protect our region and state from the disastrous consequences of a warming planet.   Climate change is arguably the biggest issue of our time and sadly the window in which we can do something about it is closing.

Climatekeeper’s goals are to:

  • Educate New Yorkers about just how threatening climate change is and what the consequences will be if we don’t take action.
  • Advocate on the local, state and national levels for clean renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Continue to fight against false solutions such as natural gas that will perpetuate the fossil fuel energy paradigm.

The evidence is irrefutable that mining and burning fossil fuels is contributing to the climate change.  A  January 16, 2014 article in the New York Times on the latest climate report from the U.N. said, “Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising….another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve with current technologies.”

It is imperative that we make sure that our elected officials can no longer ignore this reality.  Climate Change is a global issue that requires global action.  To learn what you can do, visit the Climatekeeper section of our website, and share this email with your friends and neighbors.


Is Climate Change Just a Headline or a Personal Call to Action? 

GreenDoor(1)Catskill Mountainkeeper board member Ilene Ferber connects the dots between fracking, climate change and your backyard in this wonderful article featured in Green Door Magazine.  You can read the article, and other great stories in the spring issue Green Door, or by clicking here.


Catskill Mountainkeeper Joins Rural Climate Network 

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 2.53.29 PM Catskill Mountainkeeper joined a network of likeminded organizations working on addressing the pressing issue of climate change in rural communities. Rural, natural resource-dependent communities are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, as they are often those most closely linked to natural ecosystems for their economic, social and environmental well-being. The Rural Climate Network is intended to foster collaboration that will address the complex issues that create rural injustices.

The Rural Climate Network is an excellent resource for the latest developments, actions and projects to address climate change.  Learn more about the work of Catskill Mountainkeeper and our partners across the nation.

Solar initiative planned for Broome, Tioga

While sunlight may seem scarce right now, Broome and Tioga county residents will soon have the option of buying solar energy in bulk.

Local officials will introduce Southern Tier Solar Works on Friday afternoon at SUNY Broome Community College. Southern Tier Solar Works is an initiative of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition in partnership with the Susquehanna Group of the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Catskill Mountainkeeper.

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The Community Fracking Defense Project ramps up local efforts

The Fight Continues Against Fracking in Upstate New York: Catskill Mountainkeeper ramps up effort at local government level

By Betta Broad

High-Volume hydraulic fracking is not currently taking place in upstate New York, but the threat that this process poses to our environment continues to grow in other ways.

Right now a de facto moratorium exists in New York to allow the state’s Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation to research the health and environmental impacts of proposed fracking. We continue to wait for their initial findings but the struggle to prevent gas and oil companies from bringing fracking, its infrastructure, and its waste to New York goes on.

As the oil and gas industry expands fracking in neighboring states, trucks carrying toxic frack waste from sites in Pennsylvania and Ohio travel our roads in New York. Meanwhile, the construction of pipelines to transport fracked gas to New York and the state’s ports has already begun.

Significant victories have already been won against fracking through home rule initiatives in local NYS communities with the passage of bans and ordinances that protect aquifers or regulate zoning, hazardous waste, and road use. Non-profit environmental organizations and lawyers such as Helen and David Slottje have helped to make these early victories possible by offering legal support to advocates on the ground. But much more remains to be done.

In order to help support this important work, in the fall of 2012, Catskill Mountainkeeper teamed up with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to create the Community Fracking Defense Project (CFDP). This joint initiative assists local governments and advocates seeking added control or protections from hydraulic fracturing in their communities. Through the CFDP, we have been providing pro bono legal assistance in the drafting of zoning regulations and land use plans as well as defending anti-fracking regulations already in place.

We are also helping the grassroots efforts of NYS residents and environmental groups in challenging industry-sponsored pro-fracking resolutions and/or other pro-fracking actions.

We want to help your community, too. Please join in our efforts to keep fracking out of NYS at the local level. Click here to learn more, read about recent news, and reach out for assistance to ban fracking in your municipality and to join the effort to stop fracking in New York State.

Also, if you’re interested in volunteering or hosting a forum on home rule in your community, please email betta@catskillmountainkeeper.org

It is an incredible honor to work with anti-fracking advocates around the state and we look forward to continuing to build this historic movement together.

Thank you for all of your support,

Betta