On Monday evening, the New York League of Conservation Voters held its spring gala at Chelsea Piers. The organization describes itself as “the only statewide environmental organization in New York that fights for clean water, clean air, renewable energy and open space through political action. We’re non-partisan, pragmatic and effective.” What the League doesn’t brag about is its all-out embrace of shale gas, a fossil fuel which poisons air and water and displaces truly green, renewable energy. The honoree was Mayor Bloomberg, who also thinks shale gas is pretty swell and has arranged for it to be pumped throughout the five boroughs. The corporate frackers and their infrastructure cousins were all too happy to show appreciation and NYLCV provided them with the perfect venue. Among the list were Chesapeake Energy, Spectra, Williams, Con Ed, National Grid and a bevy of others. Continue reading….
United for Action, W. Village Residents, and Allies File Notice of Appeal in Spectra/HRPT Lawsuit
West Village residents, United for Action, Village Independent Democrats, Sane Energy Project, New York City Friends of Clearwater, NYH2O, and Food and Water Watch have filed a Notice of Appeal in their challenge under New York State law to the Spectra Pipeline. We all object to this high-volume, high-pressure gas pipeline being forced upon New York City, in a manner that is contrary to State law, and without assessment of the security and environmental risks.
For more details, see our press statement.
United for Action Invites your Support
For why this pipeline is bad for New York, not to mention people that live on Marcellus shale, view this 2-minute public service announcement, “Radon in my apartment?”.
Think Progress’ report on the initial study:
And as described in Nature, the new data from Utah looks even worse for the industry:
Industry officials and some scientists contested the claim, but at an American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco, California, last month, the research team reported new Colorado data that support the earlier work, as well as preliminary results from a field study in the Uinta Basin of Utah suggesting even higher rates of methane leakage — an eye-popping 9% of the total production. That figure is nearly double the cumulative loss rates estimated from industry data — which are already higher in Utah than in Colorado.
Read all about it here.
What is Fracking?
Hydraulic Fracturing or “Hydrofracking” is a toxic and hazardous process of natural gas extraction which has caused irreparable damage to the environment. It has caused sickness and death in humans and animals, and made farms, homes and large tracts of land uninhabitable. Read more…
More Information on Fracking in our RESOURCE SECTION
The Numbers around Fracking don’t add up:
Watch these hard-hitting presentations from our 2012 “Frackonomics” event on the microeconomics, macroeconomics and external costs of fracking:
- Frackonomics Pt 1 – Deborah Rogers
- Frackonomics Pt 2 – Jannette Barth
- Frackonomics Pt 3 – Al Appleton
- Frackonomics Pt 4 – Q and A
More than just the numbers, the human angle also evaluated:
A study presentation by Dr. Simona Perry who did case studies in affected areas that show industrial strength drilling rips communities apart. Essential viewing.
There are better alternatives:
These speakers at a Renew New York event talk about alternative heating technologies such as solar and biodiesel.
- The Boiler Dilemma Part 1, Miner Introduction
- The Boiler Dilemma Part 2, Duckworth Presentation
- The Boiler Dilemma Part 3, Kamen Presentation