Tuesday, December 27, 2011

From Dana and Marj-Great Insight-Thanks

My wife and I took a ride along Seneca Lake to Himrod, then we went over the hill to Penn Yan. On the way back home we got to talking about the antis and their complaints. Every time there is a meeting where their "hear say" can be promoted, they are there. I know last week a fellow from "Preserve the Finger Lakes" came all the way down to Cameron to tell us "country hicks" how we should be protecting our water. First of all, do they think that we want polluted water? Marj and I did an "SGEIS" study of our own on the Finger Lakes as we drove by. We came up with many bad things that are going in to each lake. Here are a few that we thought of: chemicals from every winery, anything put on the roads in the winter, every boat leaves an oil slick, swimmers pee in the water, sewage from the cottages(even if they have a septic tank, where does it go when they have it pumped?), where does the fish get rid of their waste? , where do the fish go when they die?, when a hunter shoots a duck, who has to pick up the feathers? I am sure that you can think of many more contaminants that go into "their pristine waters". I am sure that the Catskill Riverkeeper and the other environmental groups don't have their own territories figured out yet, so why do they think they can come into our territory and tell us what we should be doing? We are asking for a proven process of putting water with a half percent of normal chemicals thousands of feet under our water aquifers. They haven't cured how to protect their own water, but yet feel compelled to come tell us "country hicks" how we should protect our own water( which we all have been doing forever). One other thing that upset us, we couldn't see the ducks on the lake because there were too many cottages. So, Marj and I came to the conclusion that there should be no one living above the water line of these lakes. Absolutely no boats on these lakes, all wineries will have to move, no one can travel the roads.... We were going to do a study on how much pee goes into each lake over a course of a year, but we gave up when we figured out how much pee and bs is up in that area. Our study took us about 45 minutes. How long do you think the State study will take? If you can't tell, it is starting out to be a boring winter. Marj and I wish you all Merry Christmas and I hope a very Happy New Year. Dana and Marj

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Cheer from David& Karen-Thank You

Would like to share a story with you that recently took place in PA and hopefully next year stories like it will take place all over New York... David's uncle, aunt and mom lived in Gillette, PA with their parents. His grandpa died and his grandma came to live with them. That left the farm...David's uncle had the least of the three so the sisters signed the farm over to him...no money involved...just gave it to him... Fast forward 60 plus years...his uncle now in his late 80s, not in good health, received a sizeable sign-on bonus a couple of weeks ago...he invited his sisters over for lunch remembering their kindness to him years ago...and gave them each a generous check...of course, they were thrilled because they are now both widowed and living on fixed incomes...they never asked for anything, but isn't it neat he was able to give them something cause he finally could after all these years... A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all... David and Karen

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

My Family and I would like to wish the Steuben County Coalition Members,the Joint Coalition Members and other organizations that have helped us during the past year, a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Neil

Saturday, December 10, 2011

WE need this young man in Albany

As a college student concerned with the future of our economy, I commend Keystone Energy Forum for hosting “The State of Pennsylvania’s Energy” in Hershey. I learned a great deal about the important role Pennsylvania is going to play in the future of our economy from various energy representatives from the coal, wind and Marcellus Shale industries. It is great to know that Pennsylvania is on the verge of another energy boom. Oil and gas put Pennsylvania on the map and it’s going to keep us there. Our natural resources have made us one of America’s energy leaders and, for Pennsylvania residents, that means many more jobs to come. Nate Boring State College Read more: http://www.centredaily.com/2011/12/09/3014460/states-future-looks-bright.html#ixzz1gAjr3JXb

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Good News for the New Year!

DEC fracking report may come as soon as spring 2012 By Marie Cusick New York’s top environmental regulator, Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens, says his agency will likely finish its review of hydrofracking late next spring. That means drilling permits for fracking could quickly follow. That’s a faster timeline than expected. DEC officials had previously been much less specific, saying their report will probably be finished “sometime next year.” “That’s really alarming,” says Robert Moore, executive director of Environmental Advocates of New York. “I’d be curious to know how [the DEC] reached that conclusion, unless they’ve already determined an outcome … Clearly that would signal to me that there continues to be pressure to get this done sooner rather than later.” Drillers see it as a good sign. Brad Gill is the executive director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York, a trade association representing the industry. He wrote in an an e-mail statement: “ Given the work that the DEC has left to do, late spring seems like a realistic time frame to begin issuing permits. It’s been a three-and-a-half year wait, and during that time, we’ve watched as businesses left New York for other states. It’s encouraging to think about moving forward in spring of 2012 and realizing the benefits that have eluded New Yorkers.” Earlier this week, the DEC extended the public comment period on its review of fracking, known as Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS). The comment period was originally supposed to end on December 12th, but will now go until January 11, 2012. Agency officials cited the huge volume of comments they’ve received on their latest draft of the report, which has already topped 10,000 in just three months. The DEC also saw an unprecedented turnout to a series of four public hearings about hydrofracking held around the state last month. More than 6,000 people attended the meetings. The SGEIS will determine whether New York moves forward to allow hydrofracking. The DEC’s current position is that the controversial drilling technique can be done safely, with strict regulations. Martens was in WMHT’s studio today to answer questions from viewers about hydrofracking. That interview will be broadcast on the December 9 edition of New York NOW (check your local listings).