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06-17-2014 04:04 AM
04-16-2013 10:44 AM
Tricia Valek


04-16-2013 09:32 AM
Tricia Valek


We are hurting together. Our Susquehanna is suffering,too. Our kids are old enough to start learning about spiritual activism. We are not religious, but it's a good fit for us. They are great at it. I am very willing to rally and speak out as a family. But on the quantum level, a call for right action fee ls really empowering. We are going to change the fossil fuel paradigm. Truth defends itself, it's happening.

04-14-2013 06:36 PM

Just found out in the local independent newspaper today that fracking has been approved in the George Washington National Forest, on the border between Virginia and West Virginia. The rivers in this area (the beautiful Shenandoah sisters) are already so polluted that we can't eat the fish out of them. Now we have to be worried about our deep-drilled wells, too. My 7-year-old was very upset when she read the newspaper article, and is thinking about putting a website up and getting kids to agitate about this; she's wondering what there will be left to drink if we have contaminated both ground water and aquifer water.

We can't even blame short-sighted landowners for this, since it's the Department of the Interior!

03-26-2013 10:33 AM
Tricia Valek

03-26-2013 10:31 AM
Tricia Valek
Examining the feasibility of converting New York State’s all-purpose energy
infrastructure to one using wind, water, and sunlight

01-07-2013 06:10 AM
Tricia Valek

Please NY mama (and daddies) send in a comment

Here is mine

Our family enjoys a priceless, quite quality of life here in the hills of Broome county. The proposed leases of my neighbors, bring with them the promise of air pollution. That is why I am writing today to voice my concern over regulation number 556.2(b) My parents live in Bradford county PA. In 2009 gas production began. Over the course of months, my mother became very ill. In the beginning we noticed she kept loosing her voice several times a day. She developed respiratory distress, and chest pain. Her body was retaining fluid. Her symptoms escalated to episodes in which she lost of consciousness. My dad would return from work and find her 270 pound body on the floor. She began having serious hallucinations. No cause was ever established for this "event". After months in the hospital, she was simply diagnosed with dementia.  She was quietly placed in a nursing home. With the passage of Act 13 on page 99, it requires oil and gas companies to tell medical professionals what chemicals are used in drilling fluids—but only after they sign “a statement of need and a confidentiality agreement.” However those details—the chemicals in drilling fluid and medical significance—it states a page later, are secret and “shall not be a public record.” We will never know for sure if fugitive gas caused my mothers condition. We know gas production in residential neighborhoods is a crime. Under these proposed regulations, New Yorkers would know neither the identity nor quantity of venting gases from the wellheads that would surround us. Please let the precautionary principle dictate NY regulatory policy

01-02-2013 06:24 AM

Is it okay to balance anticipated "economic benefits" against anticipated "possible public health issues?" What if those who get the money are not the same people as those who get the health issues?

What about the economic costs of the health issues themselves? Preliminary research from Pennsylvania finds evidence of harm to newborn babies whose mothers spent their pregnancies living near drilling and fracking operations. Should we not insist on definitive research before we place New York's infants at risk? If nothing else, developmental problems in newborns are expensive and often necessitate lifelong medical and educational interventions.

There is still plenty of time to comment on NY states health impact review Sandra has made commenting so much easier. Please share

10-31-2012 10:20 AM

10-17-2012 10:01 AM
Tricia Valek

Fracking- Is Public Health a RIGHT or a PRIVILEGE?
The American Academy of Pediatrics-
Update on Fracking Chemicals!/NurseRiseNursesforSafeWater

The following list briefly summarizes common effects of exposure to a wide spectrum of additional fracking chemicals. ■Neurological – behavioral and/or cognitive symptoms, may be associated with autistic disorders, behavioral and psychosocial disorders 18

■Respiratory – both acute and chronic respiratory effects, exacerbation of asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, chronic restrictive lung disease, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer
■Cardiovascular – congenital heart disease, thickening of peripheral vessels
■Gastrointestinal – nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
■Renal – acute and or chronic renal insufficiency
■Urological – Arsenic increases the risk of bladder cancer 19
■Reproductive – infertility, stillbirth, congenital deformities, decreased sperm production and poor sperm mobility
■Immunological – allergies, autoimmune diseases and immunosuppressant disorders
■Mucocutaneous / Dermatologic – irritant to eyes, ears, oro-pharynx, nose and sinuses
■Hematopoietic – blood dyscrasias
■Oncological – some chemicals are direct mutagens, laying the groundwork for later onset of various cancers. Other carcinogens, while not directly mutagenic or genotoxic, support the carcinogenic process by down-regulating tumor suppressor genes or by up-regulating tumor promoter genes.
■Endocrine – endocrine disruptors mimic the action of hormonal tissues or, alternatively, block endogenous hormonal activity of the thyroid, ovaries, testes
(Note From Nurse Rise: It has been noted by researchers that
Chronic nosebleeds, severe rashes, respiratory problems, tremors, memory loss, and losing the ability to walk are common symtoms of environmental poisoning. This is due to the accumulation of neurotoxins the the blood, the same substances found present in natural gas production & that the chemicals lay the grounddwork for later onset of various cancers.
(Additional Note: The photo is a 13 yr old boy whose family was forced out of their home on MD recommendation for health reasons some time after drilling began nearby
American Academy of Pediatrics Source info:
08-14-2012 05:04 AM
WE LOVE NEW YORK – We will not be fracked!
Governor Cuomo has said that a decision on hydrofracking is imminent.
Reporters are saying that the governor intends to open the Southern Tier to fracking within the next six months. The rest of the state will follow. We can’t let this happen. We must once again impress on Governor Cuomo all of the risks he’s taking — ecological, economic and political. We must do this with greater energy and urgency than ever before.
Go to for information on events in Albany on August 25-27.  When you're at the website, sign the Pledge of Resistance.  Then plan to take the bus from Ithaca or Binghamton to join us on Monday.
06-17-2012 05:53 AM


“There is a lot of science to do to determine how and whether inherently risky shale gas drilling can be done safely, and the state hasn’t done it yet,” said Dusty Horwitt, senior counsel for Environmental Working Group. “Producing thousands of pages of text is no substitute for figuring out whether toxic wastewater can be safely disposed of or how far drilling pollution can spread underground.”

The ten most significant deficiencies in the draft plan drawn up by the state Department of Environmental Conservation are:

  • No empirical scientific data on drilling and fracking risks
  • Drilling allowed too close to sensitive water supplies
  • No plan for disposing of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater
  • Radioactive pollution from drilling underestimated
  • Outdated studies to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from shale gas operations
  • No assessment of the impact of shale gas development on New Yorkers’ health
  • Little basic data on the location of underground water supplies, faults and flood plains
  • No review of siting plans and risks of potentially explosive natural gas pipelines
  • No provisions to protect sensitive areas from vertical drilling and lower-volume hydraulic fracturing
  • Too few inspectors to enforce scientifically rigorous regulations


The New York Times reported that Governor Cuomo is on the verge of lifting New York’s current ban on fracking, and allowing the gas industry free reign across a huge area of our state—specifically targeting economically disadvantaged communities with this toxic practice.

Call Governor Cuomo right now, and every day, to tell him that no part of New York State should be sacrificed for fracking: (866) 961-3208.


05-25-2012 09:26 AM

Multi-Million Dollar Landmark North American Lawsuit on Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Impact on Groundwater


I heard this interview today, I am very grateful that Ms Ernst is endeavoring to take on this huge legal fight for all of us

05-14-2012 08:14 AM

Great information courtesy of


Theo Colborn


Sandra Steingraber

05-11-2012 10:50 AM

New Coalition Letter Requests Governor Cuomo to Block A Possible Fracking Demonstration Project in the Southern Tier and Fulfill Executive Order No. 41 Mandates


Please share

05-07-2012 09:55 AM

What do clean air protections have to with the steep rise in gasoline prices? Absolutely nothing. But Big Oil and their allies in Congress are pushing legislation, under the guise of addressing rising fuel prices, to rollback health-based standards of the Clean Air Act and block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from adopting future clean air protections. They call this bill the Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4471); we call it the Gutting Air Standard Protections Act – the GASP Act.

05-01-2012 03:48 AM

Despite the proliferation of questions regarding health and safety, Governor Cuomo's administration is poised to finalize regulations that would allow fracking in New York – we must stop it!

Join us for our statewide day of action May 3. Please, click on the link below to find an event near you.

04-11-2012 08:42 AM

The first challenges to Pennsylvania act 13 are being filed. We have only to read the minor newpaper blurbs to see where this is heading. For the people, by the people. Hello people? You can bet big gas doesn't think this is last page news.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A state judge will hear a request for an immediate injunction against Pennsylvania’s new Marcellus Shale law filed by a group including seven municipalities that says it unconstitutionally takes away local powers to control land use.

The Commonwealth Court hearing was scheduled for Wednesday in Harrisburg. The approximately 120-page lawsuit was filed March 29.

Opponents of the sweeping, six-week-old law say it prevents municipalities from protecting homes or businesses, and possibly even schools or parks, from drilling activity that could damage a community’s quality of life and property values. Land-use provisions are scheduled to take effect in a few days.

Gov. Tom Corbett’s office says the administration is confident that courts will uphold the law, and members of the natural gas industry say overturning it would hurt them.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A coalition of oil and gas industry companies is challenging a group of municipalities who are suing the state of Pennsylvania over a new law that aims to regulate gas drilling.

The Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and several companies filed a legal petition Thursday morning, seeking to intervene in the lawsuit filed by municipalities last week.

The municipalities want an injunction stopping the law from taking effect and, ultimately, for it to be struck down.

The new petition from the oil and gas industry groups says that overturning the new state law, known as Act 13, would negatively impact the industry.

Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, supports the industry's objectives in Act 13, which is scheduled to take effect in mid-April.


For those who are still not aware the law prohibits medical professionals from discussing health impacts, but that's not all! Please read this informative link courtesy of the Pennsylvania Medical Society




04-06-2012 09:21 AM

Small doses can have big health effects.

That is a main finding of a report, three years in the making, published by a team of 12 scientists who study hormone-altering chemicals.

Dozens of substances that can mimic or block estrogen, testosterone and other hormones are found in the environment, the food supply and consumer products, including plastics, pesticides and cosmetics. One of the biggest, longest-lasting controversies about these chemicals is whether the tiny doses that most people are exposed to are harmful.


04-04-2012 04:58 AM

Come join the facebook virtual lobby day, and tell NY leaders to end special exemptions for natural gas companies. Close the loophole and force the gas industry to play by the same rules enforced upon all other industries in NY state.   

03-12-2012 06:54 AM

Please read. Please read. Please..

Many people in the Pennsylvania/ New York really do believe that responsible drilling is being, or can be, done in their region. In both states the legislation being enacted is weakening the existing infrastucture that could have (or will be neccessary) to hold these industries accountable.  I live in New York and I can tell you that our small town board will not even pass a road preservation ordinance, and by their refusal to act are failing to provide basic safe guards to our community. Once the state begins granting permits many opportunities will have been lost.  The sales pitch says that big gas will pay for and improve everything they touch. People all over the world have been harmed by these industries. “Americans aren’t used to being treated like they are the indigenous people being colonized. But that’s what’s happening.” We must protect our childrens resources! Please keep faith that as more and more people join this conversation they will inform themselves and act together to protect our communities shared resources. Godspeed.


Alternet recently posted an artical about PA's Act13



Pennsylvania's Republican leaders have given the natural gas industry unprecedented power to overrule local government and drill anywhere. Act 13 does many things to elevate the rights of gas companies above the civil rights of people and communities. To start, it revokes local zoning authority to discourage oil and gas development, stating, “this section pre-empts and supersedes the local regulation of oil and gas operations” (page 162). Municipalities can adopt some rules on how drilling is to be done, but they cannot say no to drilling. Moreover, the law tells municipalities that they must revise their local ordinances to allow drilling if they want to receive payment under the new per-well impact fee. The law empowers the state’s Public Utilities Commission—a body of appointed, not elected officials—to overturn local zoning, and to determine if a community is eligible to share in impact fee revenues.

The law also gives the industry the power to seize private property for any part of a drilling operation. On page 65, it states, “a corporation empowered to transport, sell or store natural gas or manufactured gas in the Commonwealth may appropriate an interest in real property” for “injection, storage and removal” of hydrocarbons. However, it does not require the industry to notify any town government of leases it has acquired or of a future interest in using any property—for say, a pipeline or processing facility. Neither homeowners nor other businessmen seeking to develop property are protected if the gas industry intends to use their land. 


The law also prevents health professionals from discussing medical impacts. On page 99, it requires oil and gas companies to tell medical professionals what chemicals are used in drilling fluids—but only after they sign “a statement of need and a confidentiality agreement.” However those details—the chemicals in drilling fluid and medical significance—it states a page later, are secret and “shall not be a public record.”  “I know exactly why that is in there,” said Shields. “That makes it extremely difficult to bring a civil suit if the information is locked away behind confidentiality agreements. A physician can’t release information during discovery. They can’t even tell another patient that they are dealing with the same thing. They can’t go to a public health official and disclose it—so if this lady has benzene in her blood, or methyl-whatever. He can’t do it.”  


03-08-2012 12:50 PM

Catskill Mountain Keeper is alerting NY residents to call NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY SPEAKER SHELDON SILVER TODAY.   HERE IS WHY.

Negative impacts on human health have accompanied gas drilling using hydrofracking wherever it has been done.  Despite that, the permit conditions proposed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to “govern” fracking makes little mention of the health impacts of fracking. 

That is why Catskill Mountainkeeper and our coalition partners are demanding that  the legislature require that an independent comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) be done prior to any further discussions of shale gas.

In October 2011, 250 physicians and medical professionals wrote a letter to Governor Cuomo calling for a comprehensive public health impact assessment.   This was sent because the concerns outlined in a previous letter sent to The department of health and the Governor were clearly ignored in the draft Supplemental generic environmental Impact statement (SGEIS) .

A health impact assessment, which is defined by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, "INCLUDES MANY TOOLS THAT HELP ENSURE THE VALIDITY OF THE FINDINGS AND HAVE MULTIPLE PLACES FOR PUBLIC INPUT TO THE DOCUMENT."

This will tell New Yorkers what the “true” costs of gas drilling are. 

Certainly the risk to the human and animal health in New York State justifies that such a health Impact assessment be done.

On Tuesday our allies in the Assembly worked to have this attached to the budget as a resolution.

Now the industry is pushing hard to have it removed.

The Cuomo administration keeps calling for science not emotion.  This is the science.  Call Assemblyman Sheldon Silver today!

Thank him and ask him to continue the fight to keep a Health Impact Assessment in the Budget.  It is very important that he hears from you now.

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Contact Information:

District Office
250 Broadway
Suite 2307
New York, NY 10007

Albany Office
LOB 932
Albany, NY 12248

02-20-2012 10:57 AM




Governor Cuomo says a decision to allow Marcellus Shale horizontal hydrofracking might be made in as little as 8 short weeks!!!


The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which has two seats on the Governor’s Gas Advisory Panel has suggested  2 disturbing alternative actions:


1) – A “Demonstration Project in which up to 300 wells could be drilled in 3 years


2) – A “Special Places Off Limits to Drilling”  that would protect NYC, Syracuse, Catskills, Fingerlakes, Delaware River Water Gap and Cooperstown Corridor BUT NOT PROTECT THE SOUTHERN TIER.


1. Tell them you want them to join with the grassroots and

publicly declare opposition to ANY Demonstration project, anywhere in NYS,

in an open letter to Governor Cuomo.


2. Request that they sign the Defacto Moratorium Pledge.  Accept  No Excuses: Tell them that if they are truly interested in protecting us there is no reason for them to NOT sign the pledge!!!




The de facto moratorium pledge:


Given the irreparable harm that shale gas extraction could wreak on New York's environment and public health, I request that Governor Cuomo maintain DEC's de facto moratorium on Marcellus Shale horizontal hydrofracturing until there is a consensus among all local, state and federal authorities as well as potentially impacted parties that the 17 major shortcomings documented in the Withdraw the Revised Draft SGEIS Coalition Letter have been fully resolved.


The full coalition letter with over 22,000 signatures can be found at:


Please Call and Email all contacts below.  

(Send a copy of your email to NYRAD as well at


Tell them you want them to sign THE PLEDGE to protect all New York State citizens from the dangers of High Volume Horizontal Hydrofracking.  Be polite but firm:


1.  Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Esq, NRDC

Phone: 914-422-4343 - ask for his Secretary, Mary Beth

Email:  webform:


2. Kate Sinding, Esq, NRDC

Phone: 212-727-2700



3. Eric A. Goldstein, Esq, NRDC

Phone: 212-727-2700



Additionally, Please Contact New York State Congressional Members from the Southern Tier who are on the Gas Advisory Panel and request that they sign THE PLEDGE:


1. Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, NYS Assembly Rep.

Phone: 607-723-9047 (Binghamton)  518-455-5431 (Albany)




2. Senator Thomas W. Libous, NYS Senator, 52nd District

Phone: 607-773-8771








Please direct questions or comments to: email:


01-31-2012 04:47 AM

Ms Deborah Rogers, a financial analyst turned entrepreneur, discusses the myths and realities of shale gas profitability with host Bill Podulka. Is shale gas drilling a financial bubble? Why has it swelled so much? How much longer can this go on, who gets hurt and who profits from the party?



Emily Wurth Food and Water Watch observed, the energy portion of President Obama's speech sounded like it could have been written by the oil and gas industry. Quote: "He cited the industry's deceptive claims and grossly inflated the jobs numbers, rather than actual labor statistics. President Obama needs to hear the truth about shale gas. Agreeing with the President that gas companies should disclose the chemicals they use in fracking, simply telling us which chemicals gas companies use will not prevent contamination from happening in nearby communities. It falls far short of removing the oil and gas industry's exemption from key environmental regulations like the Safe Drinking Water Act, which the President should agree would be "regulations to prevent irresponsible behavior" by the oil and gas industry."


President Obama believes we can "develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk," but the research increasingly shows that it is not possible


12-20-2011 07:47 AM
Ohio State Study Finds No Jobs Boom:  "It matters whether there are 1,000 jobs distributed as 1,000 for one year and then none, versus 100 additional jobs for 10 consecutive years, or 10 additional jobs for the next 100 years. Yet, impact analysis such as that used by the energy industry typically does not differentiate among these scenarios and the whole topic is usually ignored by the media"  
Let there be light, we can finally start to change the national conversation. Please share.
12-13-2011 01:54 PM

Findings in the recent EPA report directly contradict longstanding arguments by the drilling industry for why the fracking process is safe: that hydrologic pressure would naturally force fluids down, not up; that deep geologic layers provide a watertight barrier preventing the movement of chemicals towards the surface; and that the problems with the cement and steel barriers around gas wells aren’t connected to fracking.

It seems that the gas industry just can't keep the facts from seeping into the fracking debate.

12-05-2011 11:54 AM

A Chesapeake Bay Foundation infrared video investigation of natural gas drilling and processing sites in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia found invisible air pollution rising from almost three quarters of them. Here is a link to the video


Pennsylvania law exempts gas drilling and well site activities from the need for state air pollution control permits, and therefore state regulation.  That exemption was approved more than five years ago, before the Marcellus shale drilling boom started.  Now that drilling has dramatically increased, it is time for the state to re-examine that exemption.




12-01-2011 08:59 AM

New Food & Water Watch Analysis Reveals the New York SGEIS is exaggerating the Job Creation Potential of Shale Gas Development

Washington, D.C.—As officials in New York determine whether to allow the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch today released new analysis that finds that the Cuomo administration is exaggerating the potential of shale gas development to generate jobs for New Yorkers. How New York State Exaggerated Potential Job Creation from Shale Gas Development finds that New York residents should expect a mere fraction of the jobs promised by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Food & Water Watch examined the department’s socioeconomic impact analysis and found that within its “average scenario”, New York residents can only expect 195 new jobs associated with shale gas development.  This would increase to over 600 new jobs for current New Yorkers by the tenth year of shale gas development, but after this tenth year, there would be virtually no new jobs.  With over 755,000 New Yorkers unemployed as of August of 2011 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 195 new oil and gas industry jobs would create new employment opportunity for only one-fortieth of 1 percent of those who are out of work.

“The number of actual jobs that would be created from shale gas development in New York is a very small fraction of what state residents have been led to believe from all of the industry’s hype,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “Such minimal economic benefits do not justify the short and long-term public health and environmental costs that would accompany drilling and fracking for shale gas.”

According to Food & Water Watch, the Cuomo administration provides an inaccurate account of shale gas development’s job creation potential by:

  • Counting many jobs that would be filled by out-of-state workers, or by workers with shale gas industry experience who would relocate to New York permanently;
  • Mischaracterizing a rapid pace of shale gas drilling and fracking as an “average” development scenario, one that would lead to more than 20,000 wells drilled in just three counties of the state (Broome, Chemung and Tioga);
  • Failing to account for the negative impacts drilling and fracking would have on employment in other industries, such as tourism and agriculture;
  • Assuming that shale gas wells will produce for 30 years when they may only produce for much shorter timespans;
  • Misusing economic multipliers to estimate the economic spillover effect of gas industry jobs;
  • Failing to provide methodological details necessary to validate the basis of these claims.

11-23-2011 02:41 PM

Okay it's easy to be negative. I apologize to those politicians in our area that are clearly well informed on working for the publics well being. In case you are interested this is the binghamton DEC hearing

11-22-2011 11:15 AM

Gas development has been a real wake up call. We were so frustrated to find that the motive to profit was so dominant in peoples decision making. It is really important that people are exposed to the real economics involved here. The media needs to stop making the issue jobs vs environment. Right vs left. It is the media, that has failed to inform the average person that a fraction of the population will profit from gas. They refuse to expose the massive costs that citizens will be forced to pay. Superfund site, what's that? Looking into exclusions,exemptions and state laws, it is clear that legally the gas industry is untouchable. I've heard lots of assumptions about what the gas industry may do. I don't see stories about how the state will pay for it's subsidies to the gas companies or increased funding to departments (like the DOT) that will be effected by massive industrial activities. You'd think someone would be carefully monitoring the produce/dairy products that are coming from formally rural, now industrialized areas. But, that would damage the economy. Just because they aren't taking potentially toxic products seriously doesn't mean people don't boycott them.The result is still economic harm.  When people get sick from the toxic air pollution, they pay with there health. Again, the masses take on the financial burden. Tourism? When is your family planning to visit the oil production regions of Louisiana? People believe ignorance can be a sanctuary. In my county, those people are in local government.

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