Please Share! Action Alert: If You Think Fracking Will Not Affect You, Think Again

Liz Falk elizabethfalk at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 16:14:37 EDT 2011


--liz

Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste
the fruit. ~Henry David Thoreau


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From: Catskill Mountainkeeper <info at catskillmountainkeeper.org>
Date: Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM
Subject: Action Alert: If You Think Fracking Will Not Affect You, Think
Again
To: elizabethfalk at gmail.com


*AIR POLLUTION FROM GAS DRILLING WILL AFFECT EVERYONE - - FROM THE
CATSKILLS, TO THE HUDSON VALLEY, TO NEW YORK CITY

****If you think fracking will not affect you, think again.
***

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  The Millennium, Iroquois and Tennessee pipelines will intersect with a
proposed NYMarc connector in Orange County in and around the Town of
Minisink.  This map is a clear visual illustration of the
pipeline<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=kdh2%2BovCzq49QpdEdc4V32SggOP9Nr0m>.
There is already an application for one compressor station and more are
being considered.

 Compressor stations are used to keep gas in a highly pressured state so
that it can travel through gas pipelines.  We now know that these compressor
stations have negative impacts on the environment and people’s health, which
can be as severe as those that are found at gas drilling well pads. They
emit carcinogenic and neurotoxin compounds, volatile organic compounds and
nitrogen oxides that create ozone (smog) and many more toxins. People who
live in areas with compressor stations have reported serious health symptoms
such as headaches, dizziness, blackouts, muscle contractions and ruptured
ear drums from the constant low frequency roar of the compressors. In parts
of rural Texas where gas pipeline compressor stations are located, asthma
rates for children have risen from a normal 7% to a very abnormal 25%.

Communities in close proximity to gas production facilities will feel the
air contaminants the most.  HOWEVER, BECAUSE AIR CONTAMINANTS TRAVEL VIA AIR
CURRENTS THEY WILL ALSO AFFECT SURROUNDING AREAS - WHICH IN THIS CASE WOULD
INCLUDE DUTCHESS, PUTNAM, ROCKLAND AND WESTCHESTER COUNTIES AND NEW YORK
CITY.

Orange County, NY is the home of many 9-11 responders who are living with
health issues as a result of their heroic service to all of us.  In a letter
protesting the compressor stations near his hometown, a NYC First Responder
said, “There are approximately 10 NYC First Responders (that I am aware of)
that live approximately within a half mile radius of the proposed Millennium
gas compressor site.”  He further said, “We know all-too-well the result
these known carcinogens will have on our health. We do not want to have to
move again.”

While it is a travesty to think of these 9-11 responders having their health
further compromised by the proposed compressor stations, it is just as
unconscionable to subject the entire population of Orange County to these
same negative health impacts.  These new emissions will be on top of
existing problems Orange County currently faces with pollution from vehicle
and industry emissions.  According to EPA records from 1998 to 2008, the
latest published, the air quality was considered less than good on over
21.5% of the days of the year and on 75% of those days ozone was the main
pollutant.

These planned compressor stations are just the tip of the iceberg. In PA,
there is now an average of almost one compressor station application per
week. As things stand we can expect the same.

Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of Dish TX, where residents were sickened
after 11 compressor stations were built said, “If you don't learn from what
has happened here, by the time that the odor gets bad enough for you to not
want it there, by the time that the noise gets loud enough that it's
disturbing you, it's already too late.”
It is becoming late in the game in New York State. If we don’t take action
now to stop fracking in New York, all of us from the Catskills and the
Southern Tier down to the Hudson Valley and into New York City will pay a
personal price.

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In order to let Governor Cuomo know that we don’t want fracking to ruin our
health and our environment, today we are starting a call campaign
called *“DON’T
FRACK FRIDAYS*”.  Please call the Governor’s office EVERY Friday to let him
know that you don’t want fracking in New York State at (518) 474-8390.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) controls the regulation of
interstate pipelines. *Please click
here*<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=l571lmLF7ivwVbBJI7Mrw2SggOP9Nr0m>to
tell them not to build a compressor station in Minisink or anywhere
else
in Orange County because of the potential for serious long-term negative
health ramifications to all New Yorkers, especially our children.  The
deadline to comment is November 14, 2011.****


 Next month hearings will be conducted regarding the conditions and rules
under which gas drilling would be allowed in New York State. We can’t stress
enough the importance of having huge turnouts at these hearings. Please
reserve these dates on your calendar and plan to attend.  You’ll hear more
from us as we get closer.

            November 16 – Public Hearing on the dSGEIS - Dansville, NY

             November 17 – Public Hearing on the dSGEIS - Binghamton, NY

             November 21 – DRBC Hearing - Trenton, NJ

            November 29  - Public Hearing on the dSGEIS – Loch Sheldrake, NY

            November 30 – Public Hearing on the dSGEIS – New York City

****

 * Click here for the dates and
times<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=G4uBTy%2FTvLHM2FkVURgHy5wFHLjFjCtI>
** *of the dSGEIS hearings, and *here for more information on the DRBC
hearing*<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=lAWsljWHIDf6S8wyG5jlXWSggOP9Nr0m>.
 Use the
<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=vynVkGD7FbXHsOFSlzxL2mSggOP9Nr0m><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=lzuj3fWOlfR3oibZwpvXrpwFHLjFjCtI>
*Catskill Mountainkeeper
website*<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=bJxtdN7phPNuQpXD50IVNWSggOP9Nr0m><http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=8GieACsDTSnS3tiZXPeL2WSggOP9Nr0m>as
a resource.
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Forward<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=qbsgrm2mF5uY4Fkec8QJw2SggOP9Nr0m>
** *this message to your friends, family and neighbors and ask them to
forward it on. Get educated, especially about the health issues and threats.

Your support is needed now more than ever.  Please give as generously as you
can.
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*or mail a check to:  Catskill Mountainkeeper, PO Box 381, Youngsville, NY
12791
www.catskillmountainkeeper.org*

*845.482.5400*

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*About Catskill Mountainkeeper

**Catskill Mountainkeeper is an independent, not for profit, 501c3 community
based environmental advocacy organization, dedicated to creating a
flourishing sustainable economy in the Catskills and preserving and
protecting the area's long term health. We address issues of water integrity
for the Delaware and Susquehanna River Systems, the defense of the vast
woodlands that encompass the Catskill Forest Preserve and the New York City
Watershed as well as farmland protection. We promote "smart" development
that balances the economic needs and concerns of the Catskill regions'
citizens and the protection of our abundant but exceedingly vulnerable
natural resources.
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