Mountainkeeper High Peaks Regional Director Kathy Nolan on YNN

High Peaks Director Kathy Nolan on YNN

APRIL 13, 20112: ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. — Ulster County Executive Mike Hein has banned the use of hydrofracking brine.
Hein says the issue is about counties using salt brine as a bi-product of hydrofracking on their roadways in order to remove ice. Residents worry the move would cause environmental damage and leak into their water.
Advocates say the ban will assure residents that the brine will never be used.
“This executive order basically says Ulster County does not want to participate in any way in the handling of these waste products from hydrofracking drilling activities and it protects the environment and it protects people’s health. I also hope it will serve as a model for other counties around New York State,” said Dr. Kathy Nolan, Catskill Mountain Keeper Regional Director.
Hein says the action is a preventative measure intended to compensate for the time it will take for the Ulster County Legislature to adopt a local law banning the use of fracking waste brine by county government.

Please attend the Public Hearing on the Ulster County Legislature’s Law (April 17th at 7 pm at UNY/Ulster (UCCC) GYM at 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge)



Global Warming Close to Becoming Irreversible

Global Warming Close to Becoming Irreversible
March 26, 2012, Scientific American
By Nina Chestney

The world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday.

LONDON (Reuters) – The world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday.

Scientific estimates differ but the world’s temperature looks set to rise by six degrees Celsius by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are allowed to rise uncontrollably.

As emissions grow, scientists say the world is close to reaching thresholds beyond which the effects on the global climate will be irreversible, such as the melting of polar ice sheets and loss of rainforests.

“This is the critical decade. If we don’t get the curves turned around this decade we will cross those lines,” said Will Steffen, executive director of the Australian National University’s climate change institute, speaking at a conference in London….


The Power of Activism

The exceptional work we have done together, what lies ahead and what you can do

Prior to pursuing their hydraulic fracturing agenda in New York State, the gas industry virtually “walked into” 32 states and set-up shop with minimal if any opposition. And the results as we know have been devastating for public health, the environment and for the social fabric of communities. But when the gas industry “Goliath” got to New York, they found a small but strong band of “Davids” who stood up and told them “NOT SO FAST”.  Since then our numbers have grown exponentially and together we have waged an unprecedented 4-year campaign to expose the dangerous consequences of gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing. Most importantly we have won some major battles, slowed the process and raised the consciousness of a large part of the state’s citizenry.

Significant among our joint achievements was getting then Governor Paterson in 2009 to withdraw the immensely flawed first draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS). These are the regulations under which hydraulic fracturing would have been governed.

In September 2011, when the much improved, but still inadequate revised dSGEIS was issued, together we were responsible for turning out in mass at the hearings and submitting over 60,000 comments to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), which they are now in the process of reviewing. It is significant that prior to the fracking issue, no DEC document ever received more than 1,000 comments.  Yet even with this incredible outpouring of public concern the Cuomo administration continues to indicate it’s intention to fast track the release of the final SGEIS even as early as this spring.  Click here to read the entire action alert


Albany Crawling on Gas Drilling Decision

After Early Gallop, Albany Slows to Crawl in Making Decision on Gas Drilling
New York Times
Mireya Navarro, February 6, 2012

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took office last year, his administration seemed to be in hurry-up mode as it decided whether to allow hydraulic fracturing, a controversial gas drilling process. State regulators kept to tight deadlines to produce for public review an environmental impact study and proposed drilling rules, and the state’s top environmental official said drilling permits could be granted as early as this year…..

Fracking Land Grab

Feds Pave Way for Fracking Industry to Perpetrate Biggest Land Grab in U.S. History
The Stuart Smith Blog, February 6, 2012

Officials from Central New York Oil & Gas recently informed landowner Bob Swartz that the company plans to cut “a 50-foot-wide, 400-foot-long gash through an ancient stand of trees” in his front yard to clear the way for a $250 million, 39-mile natural gas pipeline in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania. Not surprisingly, Mr. Swartz balked at the company’s heavy-handed plan, recommending an alternate route for the pipeline out across an open field. Company officials promptly swatted aside Mr. Swartz’s suggestion, and with brazen indifference, offered instead to pay him for the wood from the felled trees……

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