Group Says Fracking Proposal Deficient

North Country Gazette
January 10, 2012

NEW YORK—Catskill Mountainkeeper,Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Riverkeeper, Inc. have announced that, after extensive evaluation and technical expert review, they have concluded that the state must go back and revisit significant aspects of its revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (RDSGEIS) before fracking can move forward.  Click here for the full press release.

Catskill Mountainkeeper Featured in New York Times Article

Drilling Critics Face a Divide Over the Goal of Their Fight

Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper Program Director is quoted In Peter Applebome’s January 10, 2012 New York Times article, “Drilling Critics Face a Divide Over the Goal of Their Fight”, on the issues that divide environmental groups on fracking.  Mr. Gillingham said, “When we started out, what we wanted was more information on what this (fracking) means for New York.  No one had any thought about calling for a ban. But the more you find out about gas drilling and how it’s been practiced by the industry today, the more you realize it can’t be done safely. It would just be a disaster for New York State.”  Even though Mr. Gillingham has worked closely and effectively with national groups, he is still baffled that they can support fracking under any conditions, “For the average person on the ground over the Marcellus Shale who is living with this issue, the fact that the national groups are not saying, ‘Not here, no way,’ is shocking.”

 

Drilling Critics Face a Divide Over the Goal of Their Fight

With a deadline looming this week for the public to weigh in on gas drilling in New York State, the antifracking movement itself has become divided over what its goal should be: securing the nation’s toughest regulations, or winning an outright ban?.…… “When we started out, what we wanted was more information on what this means for New York,” said Wes Gillingham, program director for Catskill Mountainkeeper, one of the first groups to focus on the issue. “No one had any thought about calling for a ban. But the more you find out about gas drilling and how it’s been practiced by the industry today, the more you realize it can’t be done safely. It would just be a disaster for New York State.”

Fracking will poison New York’s drinking water, critics warn

A former staffer at a state government agency responsible for regulating hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has warned that allowing the controversial gas drilling method in New York would lead to contamination of the state’s aquifers and would poison its drinking water….Wes Gillingham, the program director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, one of a large number of environmental groups active in opposing fracking in New York state, echoed Bayer.”It is not just a matter of numbers of personnel. We need people overseeing the industry and inspecting the cement around the casings,” he told the Guardian.