Thanks for joining us at Barnfest! Check out great video footage, photos, celebrity interviews and more!
Thank you for joining us on a beautiful summer afternoon in Woodstock! Over 1,500 Mountainkeeper supporters came together on a gorgeous summer afternoon to celebrate what we all love about the Catskills. Everyone at Mountainkeeper had a wonderful time, and we hope you did too. Click on the links below for great video footage, photos, radio interviews and articles.
To see a great highlight video of Barnfest, click here...
Gas industry touts energy independence, but builds infrastructure for export
Despite the gas industry's patriotic declarations of energy independence in their relentless ad inundation in radio, print, and TV media, it appears they have a different plan when it comes to natural gas. The gas companies are pressing forward with aggressive development for a massive infrastructure that will allow these companies to export natural gas overseas - enabling these billion-dollar corporations to tap into lucrative international markets and drive up corporate profit even further.
The scale of the planned infrastructure projects is enormous. In New York alone, there are currently seven major pipelines (Blue Stone, Constitution, Mark Connector, Millennium Phase I, Rockaway, and Spectra), a gas storage facility at Seneca Lake, multiple compressor stations including ones in Hancock and Minisink and a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) processing facility, the Port Ambrose project, to be placed in the ocean off of the coasts of New York and New Jersey, which are in various stages of the approval process.
If the gas industry’s plan succeeds, the big winners will be the stockholders of the natural gas companies and the big losers will be the rest of us.
Neversink Farm Presents an Afternoon Supper to Benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper
Come join Catskill Mountainkeeper for an incredible intimate afternoon supper at Neversink Farm in Claryville, NY. Tour the farm while sampling cuisine and non-alcoholic beverages sourced from the Catskills – all beautifully prepared by Chef Patrick Connolly. There will be food stations by the river, the cut flower field, the barn, the pasture, and the vegetable field. For the kids there will be friendly chickens and donkeys to pet. The afternoon’s event is sponsored by Main St. Farm and will feature food and beverages that have been sourced from some of our region’s finest producers. All proceeds go to support the Agricultural Program of Catskill Mountainkeeper...
JOIN MOUNTAINKEEPER AND OUR ALLIES TO PASS A TWO-YEAR MORATORIUM ON FRACKING Come to Albany on May 22 for a Fracking Lobby Day!
Government Watchdog and Environmental Groups Join Call to Scrap the SGEIS New Review Shows Revelations of Additional Disturbing Conflicts of Interest
Today, Common Cause/NY, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Food & Water Watch, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Center for Environmental Health, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Citizens for Water, NYH2O, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Riverkeeper, Inc.,and Frack Action called on Governor Cuomo to scrap the Revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (RDSGEIS) for high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) due to the extent of involvement by three firms who are members of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA NY) in the preparation of the SGEIS...Read more
Quinnipiac Poll Confirms that New Yorkers Don't Want Fracking
The Quinnipiac University poll released today shows statewide opposition to fracking is growing. The new poll finds opponents outnumbering supporters of fracking in the survey by 46-39 percent — a new low for fracking proponents and the first time a “clear margin” has opposed it in Quinnipiac polling. Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute stated that voters are "turning negative on the basic idea..." of fracking. According to Ramsay Adams, Mountainkeeper Executive Director, "The more that New Yorkers learn about fracking, the more they oppose it. The oil and gas industry is waging a massive, glitzy, smooth talking campaign to convince New Yorkers that they can get fracked and like it. New Yorkers aren't buying it." CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ENTIRE POLL
Mark Ruffalos' Real Plan For a Renewable Energy Future For New York
Activist, actor and Catskill Mountainkeeper board member Mark Ruffalo has spearheaded the effort to create a real plan for a renewable energy future for New York State. He, along with Academy Award nominated filmmaker, Josh Fox, put together a team of researchers headed by Stanford University Professor Mark Z. Jacobson (and 2012 Mountainkeeper Barnfest keynote speaker) to tackle the challenge. The result is the groundbreaking report released today, entitled "Examining the Feasibility of Converting New York State's All-Purpose Energy Infrastructure to One Using Wind, Water and Sunlight".Read more
Yesterday, I joined Senators Diane Savino and David Carlucci at a press conference with other environmental leaders at the Capitol Building in Albany to announce that the Senate's five-member Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) had unveiled legislation that would stop the clock on the State's long consideration of the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking....
If the stakes weren’t so high, the way that New York State is conducting its review of fracking's environmental and health impacts would be laughable. Again and again the Governor and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have put the cart before the horse and turned what should be a straightforward, science-based process into a convoluted debacle. It’s hard to explain how the DEC could issue the regulations that would govern fracking BEFORE they finished their Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, the in depth document they have been working on for the last several years....Read more
During this holiday season I hope that you include Catskill Mountainkeeper in your year-end giving for 2012. A significant portion of our operating budget comes from end of year donations and it is a great time to support our work because your contribution is tax-deductible. It is really easy to donate before the end of tax season by using our secure online donation system, by using Paypal or by sending us a check...