KEEPING IT CATSKILLS!
Catskill Mountainkeeper's Food Initiative has had a productive year and we'd like to share
some of our successes with you. We increased food access through the development of new farmers markets, expanded the Catskill Edible Garden Project, and facilitated mentorships for emerging farmers through regional partnerships. We are committed to our proactive programmatic work to support sustainable economic growth for our region and to strengthen and nurture healthy communities and local business...
Now More than Ever, Eco-tourism is Key to Reviving Tourist Industry
by Ramsay Adams
Has it been long since you wanted to tell someone to "Go take a hike?" That’s something we love to do at Catskill Mountainkeeper. Our trail systems, and even our backcountry roads, in Sullivan County and the Catskills are some of the best in the nation.And over the last year, Trailkeeper.org, part of our Trailkeeper Network® initiative, has been a big part of our work to promote eco-tourism. Trailkeeper.org is a great online resource for hiking trails and local area attractions and amenities in Sullivan County that has drawn the attention of eco-friendly tourists, and encouraged them come to our area.
Don’t Let the Gas Companies Build Their Invasive Infrastructure
The fracking fight in New York appears to be at a stalemate with Governor Cuomo not yet signaling a clear decision against fracking. Can he avoid succumbing to industry pressure to frack New York?
If fracking is permitted in NY, it could happen here
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....
Let the Science make the Decision on Fracking
Governor Cuomo has promised that the decision on whether fracking would go forward in New York State would be guided by science, but recent actions by his admininistration are contrary to that goal. The New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) has now put in motion a process for the health review of fracking that does not give the medical experts the Governor appointed the time to do a thorough review and is not open to public comment. The DEC has not given the medical experts that were appointed time to do a thorough review of the health impacts of fracking and has limited public comment. For a quick overview of how we got to this point click here: Peter Mantius: Doctors' fracking concerns being ignored Corning Leader - December 2, 2012 It appears as if the medical experts hired to review the health impact of fracking in New York State are being given just days each to review what the Department of Health (DOH) has already written. One of the experts, Lynn Goldman, made statements to the press that she had a December 3rd, 2012 deadline to complete her work even though she had signed a contract only 10 days prior and at that time had not yet seen the health review. We have learned that the state signed contracts with each medical expert that limits their work to 25 hours each. The actions of the medical experts will not be a comprehensive independent health impact assessment that New Yorkers have been asking for. In fact based on the amount of time they’re being given, they will hardly have time to read the data on the health impacts of fracking that has already been written. Catskill Mountainkeeper and our partners have been advocating for a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) since 2008. Our requests for a comprehensive and rigorous independent HIA that distinguishes itself from other kinds of public health investigations by using quantitative, qualitative and participatory techniques have been ignored.Read more
By Steve Israel
Published: 2:00 AM - 11/04/12
Who knew more than five years ago that fracking for natural gas would become such a hot-button national issue that politicians from President Barack Obama to Republican challenger Mitt Romney and virtually every local candidate for Congress would have to take a stand? After all, back then, fracking — the horizontal natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing — was only a hot topic in places like Sullivan County that sit on the gas-rich Marcellus shale. But listen to what local folks on both sides of the battle over fracking have to say about it now: "The largest environmental issue in the country in decades," says Ramsay Adams, executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, who says drilling for the fossil fuel is not only partly responsible for climate change, but also at the center of the debate over the future of the country's energy policy. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE