Saturday June 2, 2012
Burchfield Penny Art Center, and
Buffalo State College, Buffalo New York
A People’s Hearing on Fracking will give Western New Yorkers a chance to publicly state their views in a way that was denied to this region by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) during the DEC’s Fall 2011 draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on fracking. The DEC held four public Hearings downstate, but none were held in Western New York (WNY).
Although this People’s Hearing is being held in Western New York, we are reaching out to a much broader national and international region. Our regional and global ecosystems are at risk.
The event will have several purposes. They include:
- Direct engagement with local, state, and national governments, agencies, and elected officials. Testimony collected at the event will be recorded and delivered in the forms of letters, petitions, transcripts, and video tape to appropriate officials.
- Information sharing through scheduled presentations by health, environmental, and economic experts.
- In conjunction with A People’s Hearing, A Peoples Congress will be convened as we attempt to find ways to design and implement regional collaboration and leadership strategies. This Congress will include presentations, discussions, creative problem solving, and planning discussions so that we all may find ways to work more effectively and collectively toward a goal of banning fracking in New York, in the United States, and around the world.
- Engagement. We are working with diverse communities on this event including anti fracking and other environmental activists, occupy movements, the Arts and Cultural Communities, schools and teachers, entertainment and popular culture communities, small and local business communities, LGBT communities, environmental justice communities, and media activists to help get the message on anti-fracking to become widely shared knowledge.
We invite you to join us. You may find more information at our website:
On our facebook page:
-You can sign up to speak at A Peoples Public Hearing
-If you wish to participate in the Peoples Congress, please send us a message in response to this email
(peoples congress @Peopleshearing.com will be activated shortly)
and if we have not already communicated with you we will get back to you.