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The following links are provided to help our community learn more about the potential effects of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

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Community Organizing and Outreach
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      Talking Points
      Conflicts of Interest
        Conflicts of Interest in Land Use Decision-Making
          Elected and appointed officials involved in land use decision-making must not be tainted with prejudice when deciding on matters that come before them. Such prejudice exists when the individual finds herself with a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest arises when a public servant is in the position of deciding between public duty and private interests. By Gary D. Taylor, Iowa State University.

      Dealing with Drillers
        Dealing with Drillers
          Town of Lebanon Supervisor Jim Goldstein describes his experience dealing with natural gas corporations.

      Resolutions
        Proposed Resolution
          This resolution is designed for Towns that wish to express their support for NYS legislation that would restore home rule and impose a moratorium on shale gas extraction until the EPA has concluded it's study of fracking and drinking water safety.

        Proposed Resolution (Sullivan County Version)
          A version of the proposed resolution designed for use in Sullivan County.

        Request to Members of Sullivan County Town Councils
          Five citizens advocacy groups call on Sullivan County Town Councils to endorse a resolution calling for a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and independent scientific assessment of its safety.

        Resolution offered by five citizens advocacy groups
          Memorializing the Governor and the Legislature of the State of New York to place in effect a moratorium on hydrofracking, and requesting the Governor to pursue further independent scientific assessments to determine the risks associated with hydrofracking, and requesting Mr. Andrew Cuomo, Democratic Party candidate for Governor, to express his support of such moratorium

      What Other Communities Have Done
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Handout and Educational Tools
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An Introduction to Shale Gas Extraction & Hydraulic Fracturing
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Environmental and Health Risks
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        Priority Plugging List
          A list of 3,582 unplugged oil and gas wells in New York State, compiled by the Department of Environmental Conservation. April, 2014.

        History of Oil and Gas Well Abandonment in New York
          by Ronald E. Bishop, Ph.D., C.H.O, Chemistry & Biochemistry Departmetn at SUNY College, Oneonta. Published by Sustainable Otsego, January 2012.

        New York State Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources 1995
          From the Division of Mineral Resources Annual Report: One of the biggest challenges facing the oil and gas regulatory program is the growing liability of idle and abandoned wells. In most cases financial security, even for operators in compliance with current regulations, does not provide sufficient funding to plug the covered wells. When operators default on their tax bills and counties foreclose on properties that contain unplugged wells, those wells become a liability for local taxpayers. This is not a hypothetical worst-case scenario, but reflect current events already happening in the counties.

        PLUGGED WELLS AND FINANCIAL SECURITY, ABANDONED AND ORPHAN WELLS
          An excerpt from a 2010 NYS DEC Division of Mineral Resources Report.

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        Toxicosis in Sheep Following Ingestion of Natural Gas Condensate
          Thirty sheep died or were put down "following a 1-day accidental exposure to natural gas condensate. Despite access to potable well water, the poisoned ewes willingly consumed toxic doses of condensate that contaminated surface water." By R. ADLER, H. J. BOERMANS, J. E. MOULTON, AND D. A. MOORE, Departments of Veterinary Pathology (RA, JEM), Pharmacology & Toxicology (HJB), and Medicine (DAM), School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA

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        Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing
          US House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce Minority Report, April, 2011.

        Chemicals in Natural Gas Operations
          "As natural gas production rapidly increases across the U.S., its associated pollution has reached the stage where it is contaminating essential life support systems." by The Endocrine Disruption Exchange.

        The Fossil Fuel Connection
          To many people, however, our work on the chemicals used during natural gas operations and our work on prenatal exposure to EDCs has seemed like a two-headed monster.. Now, we have a one-page statement that pulls it all together. From TEDX, August 25, 201.

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        Chemicals used in Natural Gas Development and Delivery
          The Endocrine Disruption Exchange's pioneering work on the health effects of the hundreds of chemicals used in fracking and other stages of natural gas production. (Click on "Chemicals and Natural Gas".)

        Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing
          US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Minority Staff, April 2011

        Fracking Chemical Database
          SkyTruth maintains a database of chemicals that were reported by oil and gas drilling operators as being used in hydraulic fracturing operations. The database contains records for more than 27,000 frack operations from January 2011 through August 2012 in 24 US states.

        The Safety of Fracturing Fluids – A Quantitative Assessment
          In response to a FOIL request to New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation, the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes received a list of 48 toxic substances (as defined by the DEC or EPA) permitted for use to hydro-frack Marcellus Shale wells in New York State. By Steve Coffman, August 2009.

        Colorado's Chemical Injection
          Oil and gas companies in Colorado are injecting wells with millions of gallons of unknown fluids that contain dozens of dangerous chemicals linked to respiratory, neurological, cardiovascular, immune, and other disorders, including cancer.

        Chemicals Used in Fracking an Ohio Well
          Material Safety Data Sheets and other inforMation on the chemicals used in fracking fluid.

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        Runaway Train:The Reckless Expansion of Crude-By-Rail
          The rise of crude-by-rail in North America, detailing where crude trains are being loaded and unloaded, how many trains carrying crude oil are crossing the North American continent, and who is involved in this burgeoning trade. Oil Change International, May, 2014.

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Air Monitoring, Water Testing and Best Management Practices
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Pipelines, Compressor Station and LNG Terminals
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LNG Exports
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        H.R.1189 American Natural Gas Security and Consumer Protection Act
          Would require "NEPA REVIEW- The Secretary of Energy shall issue a detailed statement under … the National Environmental Policy Act … including … an analysis of the impacts of extraction of exported natural gas on the environment in communities where the natural gas is extracted. Introduced March 13, 2013 by Reps. Markey and Holt.

        H.R.1191 -- Keep American Natural Gas Here Act
          To provide that the Secretary of the Interior may accept bids on any new oil and gas leases of Federal lands (including submerged lands) only from bidders certifying that all natural gas produced pursuant to such leases shall be offered for sale only in the United States, and for other purposes. Introduced March 14, 2013 by Reps. Markey and Holt

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The Trans Pacific Partnership & Other Trade Agreements
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The Economics of Shale Gas Extraction
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        Fossil Fuel Front Groups on the Front Page
          An in-depth analysis by the Checks and Balances Project indicates that a transactional relationship of contributions in exchange for national media traction is playing out and paying off for corporations and foundations that donate to these groups.

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        CASHING IN ON ALL OF THE ABOVE
          U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies Under Obama by Oil Change International, July 2014.

        TOO BIG TO IGNORE: Subsidies to Fossil Fuel Master Limited Partnerships
          Fossil fuel firms – predominantly oil and gas – dominate a special category of business tax structures called “master limited partnerships,” or MLPs. The sector is the primary beneficiary of a narrow exemption created by Congress in 1987 when tax-exempt treatment of publicly-traded partnerships (PTPs) was largely ended. Prepared for Oil Change International by Doug Koplow, Earth Track, Inc. July, 2013

        A Review of Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming
          It's not just the federal government that give handouts to the fossil fuel industry - the state also giveaway taxpayer money. Prepared by Doug Koplow and Cynthia Lin December 2012

        Perverse Incentives
          The Untold Story of Federal Subsidies to Fossil Fuels. A Powerpoint presentation by Robert Rejeski, Director, Program in Science and Innovation, Environmental Law Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Institue for Scholars. September 18, 2009.

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Energy Forecasts
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Sustainable Alternatives
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        Development And Integration Of Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned From Germany
          "Over the last decade, well-intentioned policymakers in Germany and other European countries created renewable energy policies with generous subsidies that have slowly revealed themselves to be unsustainable, resulting in profound, unintended consequences for all industry stakeholders. While these policies have created an impressive roll-out of renewable energy resources, they have also clearly generated disequilibrium in the power markets, resulting in significant increases in energy prices to most users, as well as value destruction for all stakeholders: consumers, renewable companies, electric utilities, financial institutions, and investors." By Hans Poser, Jeffrey Altman, Felix ab Egg, Andreas Granata, and Ross Board, published by FAA Financial Advisory AG (Finadvice), July 2014

        Renewable Energy Finance, Market & Policy Overview
          Renewable Energy Policy is Driving Massive Private Capital Investment, by U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance, April, 2014.

        Decoupling Natural Resource Use an Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth
          International Resource Panel from the United Natons Environment Program report March 31, 2011

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The Federal Government
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The NYS DEC
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        Enforcement Report: NYSDEC
          A 2012 Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project report on NY DEC's inability to adequately enforce oil and gas rules, which will harm New York’s public health, safety, and environment.

        Turning A Blind Eye to Illegal Pollution
          DEC's Failing Record on Enforcing Environmental Laws by Environmental Advocates of New York, 2013

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        Well Information Summaries and Other Docs
          These documents, obtained under FOIL, indicate the high-volume hydraulic fracturing was underway in NYS as early as 2006. The 1992 GEIS discussed frack jobs of 20 to 80,000 gallons. The Frost F2 well was fracked with 640,550 gallons of fluid. Webster T-1 with 646,000 gallons, Beagall-2 with 336,924 gallons, Bender-1 with 270,000 gallons, WG-10 with 111,720 gallons, Maxwell with 436,000 gallons, McDaniels with 200,000 gallons, Bush with 600,000 gallons. There is also evidence that benzene, toluene and xylene were used in these fracking operations. See for example the Well Information Summary for the Calabro T-1 well.

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        Field of Distortions
          The article that revealed that Division of MIneral Resources Director Bradley J. Field is a climate change denier. By Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson. In Metroland, June 29, 2012.

        Fracked Memory
          Division of Mineral Resources Director Bradley J. Field claims he 'does not recall" singing the petition that disavowed climate change and denies the fact that high-volume fracking has already taken place in NYS despite hard evidence to the contrary. By Robert H. Boyle and Bruce Ferguson. Metroland, August 30, 2012.

        Why Field Should be Fired.

        SOME STILL WAIT FOR THEIR WATER BROOKFIELD SUPERVISOR SAYS MANY PROBLEMS WITH WELLS REMAIN UNSOLVED.
          The truth about the drilling accident in the Town of Brookfield that DMR Field dismissed as having "muddied up a bunch of wells". From the Syracuse Post-Standard May 8, 2007

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New York's Revised Draft SGEIS
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New York State Laws and Pending Legislation
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      Legislation We Support
        A05424A
          This bill would suspend, until May 15, 2015, the issuance of permits for natural gas extraction in low permeability natural gas reservoirs such as the Marcellus and Utica shale formations and would require a school of public health to conduct a comprehensive health impacts.

        A01685/S00673 Prohibits Hydraulic Fracturing
          Prohibits the use of hydraulic fracturing in the extraction of oil and gas; prohibits acceptance, disposal and/or processing of any fluid used in a hydraulic fracturing process.

        A05653 (Moratorium linked to the EPA Study)
          Establishes a moratorium on conducting hydraulic fracturing for the extraction of natural gas or oil until 120 days after federal Environmental Protection Agency issues a report on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on water quality and public health.

        A06922/S 4834
          Assigns liability to a producer for actions leading to a public water system's failure to meet filtration avoidance criteria resulting in the loss of a filtration avoidance criteria waiver.

        S03397
          Requires the promulgation of regulations requiring treatment works to test waste from hydraulic fracturing operations to test for radioactivity.

        A2890/S6345 (Flowback water)
          Would prohibit the onsite storage of flowback water.

        A00300/ S06097
          Establishes a moratorium on the acceptance, disposal and/or processing of any fluid which was used in and drill cuttings from a hydraulic fracturing process performed outside of the state.

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Home Rule and Municipal Control
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        Road Use Planning
          April 11, 2011 Mike Wieszchowski, P.E., PTOE Professional Traffic Operations Engineer

        New Berlin HIghway Work Permit
          New regulations control many of the impacts of drilling, including seismic testing, use of dangerous elements, noise and odor.

        SAMPLE ROAD USE AGREEMENT
          A sample road use agreement drafted by the Northern Wayne Property Owner's Association.

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        NEW YORK STATE'S TOWN LAW 272A
          The participation of citizens in an open, responsible and flexible planning process is essential to the designing of the optimum town comprehensive plan.

        Zoning and the Comprehensive Plan
          "The comprehensive plan should provide the backbone for the local zoning law." A publication from the NYS Department of State.

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Leasing and Compulsory Integration
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Vote Where It Counts

        VOTE WHERE IT COUNTS
          A two-sided handout that on the law, FAQ'S and how to fill out a voter registration form.

        Country Vote "Vote where your heart is"
          A website with info on second home voting.

        Download a NYS voter registration form here.
          Enter your second home address on line 7 and your preferred mailing address on line 8. ? If you have occupied your second home for a total of 30 days, you are legally entitled to sign the Affidavit on the bottom right of the form. (The days of occupancy do not have to have been consecutive.) ? If you want to receive an absentee ballot, make sure you check the box on line 14. You will be asked to provide proof of residence so you may want to include a copy of a utility bill or your tax bill when you mail in your completed form.

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Polls
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Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
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Energy Policy
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC)
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The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC)
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California

        Drilling California: A Reality Check on the Monterey Shale
          In December 2013, Post Carbon Institute and Physicians, Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy published “Drilling California: A Reality Check on the Monterey Shale.” Written by geoscientist J. David Hughes, the report provides the first publicly available empirical analysis of actual oil production data from the Monterey Formation, including from wells that have undergone hydraulic fracturing and acidization.

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Great Lakes
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Maryland
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Michigan
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Ohio
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Pennsylvania
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Virginia
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Canada
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Eyewitness Accounts
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Video
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        Video: No Fracking Way
          Uploaded on Aug 1, 2011 Kids dressed up like grownups who, unfortunately, are acting like misbehaving children. This video was conceived and directed by Blake Farber with additional footage from Dennis O'Clair and David Morris. Animations by Kimberly Louis. The song is written by Marc Black and performed by him along with John Sebastian, Eric Weissberg, Don Davis, Eric Parker, Mike Esposito and a hundred folks from Woodstock, NY singing along on the chorus.

        Frack this glass of water!
          2 minute video by Dissenta...Fracking had to be exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act because it threatens drinking water. "Fracking" as a term in popular usage refers to all aspects of shale gas drilling, not just hydraulic…

        Natural Gas Exposed
          Water Defense Fund video. Series of one minute videos.

        Rally in Albany 9th Jan 2013 for Cuomo's SOS
          C Ann Lawrence Video (2 Minutes) New Yorkers Against Fracking Almost 2000 people rally to demand Gov. Cuomo ban fracking in NYS — in Albany, NY.

        Rally to Stop Fracking in NY - Governor Cuomo's - State of the State 2013
          Video: 3 minutes. Published by Environment TV

        Don't Frack Me, Bro!
          Do you think Hydrofracking will be good for your community? THINK AGAIN! This process has destroyed the environment of EVERY place where it's been done. Visit http://NYRAD.org/localgroups.html and find a group near you. GET INVOLVED!

        Rev. Billy at Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State 1/9/2013 Fuller Script
          Video: 4 minutes. Published by Environment TV

        Celebrities Ask President Obama: What the Frack?
          Americans Against Fracking, Food and Water Watch, Environment America hosted video--31 seconds.

        Video: On Faith and Fracking
          Faith leaders from across New York State talk about our role as guardians of the Creation, our responsibility to each other, and our obligation to future generations. 10 minutes April, 2013 by Doug Wood

        StandUpNewYork.org 3 minute video on the Dangers of Fracking
          Independently developed by Agit-Pop and available at www.StandUpNewYork.org, the 3 minute movie is geared to a general, fracking-innocent audience. It provides a sense of place/what's at stake, a brief "fracking for dummies" animation narrated by "Tony Hayward" and a connection between the uncertainties of fracking in NY to how similar uncertainties played out in the Gulf, leading up to a challenge "Stand Up!"

        Video: On Faith & Fracking
          Faith leaders from across New York State talk about our role as stewards of the Earth and our obligation to future generations. (Video: 10:00)

        VIDEO: ‘Gasland’ Director Josh Fox Issues Call to Action
          "Gasland' Director Josh Fox calls for Fracktivists everywhere to join the Tar Sands Action in Washington DC with this moving video. (4:39)

        Video:
          5 Minute video Published Jun 23, 2013 of June 17th Albany rally

        Drill Baby Drill: Stop the Bribes/ Demand Clean Energy
          This two minute video highlights some political figures who supported drilling and accepted lobbying monies from the oil and gas industry.

        VIDEO: We Wanna Frackin’ Ban!
          Community Environmental Defense Council (Video 3:00) August 13, 2011.

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      SPECTRA
        Songs Against Drilling
          An anti-fracking concert and rally in Albany featuring Natalie Merchant and Mark Ruffalo. Directed by Alex Gibney, released July 5, 2012.

        The Colbert Report Anti-Frack Attack
          July 12, 2011 5:33 minutes.

        The Fracking Song--My Water's On Fire Tonight
          2.42 minute video explain the fracking process posted May 12, 2011

        I Love My NY Water
          Posted Jun 6, 2011 This commercial is about New York STATE water! Ruffalo is fishing up in the Catskills. It's not for NYC only - it's for everyone who's affected. That's also why the reference to more than 15 million people who depend on the Delaware River, as well as the Susquehanna and? all the other smaller watersheds throughout the state.

        The Gasman
          Brock Lady's new music video on Economic impacts of fracking featuring Josh Fox and Craig and Julie Sautner. Jan 25, 2011. Just over 3 minutes.

        Frack Off Now!
          Cartoon bears talk fracking on the Marcellus. July 10, 2010. Two minutes.

        Frack you
          3:42 minutes Cee Lo Green parody. Posted May 2, 2011 video by Brock Lady

        Video: You've Been Fracked
          3 minute video. Winner of Yoko Ono's Artists Against Fracking Video Contest. Here is the music video of Edith O. McCrea's "You've Been Fracked!" performed by New York Youth Against Fracking and friends. Edith is the mother of two LACS students and a fabulous supporter of the anti fracking activism of New York Youth Against Fracking!

        A Natural Gas Fracking Land Lease Tale by jkosmer
          How gas drilling leases and gas operations affect your neighborhood, you and your neighbors. 6 minutes. 1-15-2011

        Frack Alphabet by Kris Kitko & Friends
          Jan 3, 2011 one and a half minute video. Children singing their ABC's with the chemicals including in fracking fluid.

        Fracking in the Delaware River Basin
          The DRBC has issued draft regualtions to permit fracking in the Delaware River Basin, Fifteen million people rely on the basin for clean drinking water. This 2 minute video highlights concerns raised by Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy. Jan 6, 2011.

        It's Horrible
          Another frack parody for Catskill Citizens http://www.catskillcitizens.org/. This time it's a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" by Brock Lady. Posted Aug 9, 2011. Nearly 4 minutes.

        The Water Buffalo Song
          Jan 145, 2011 3 minute video. Written & Performed by Steve Goode Copyright 2011 On the lighter side... A song about gas drilling and leasing land.

        Vaudevillains New Years Brigade performing in the 2011 Mummers Parade - the Philly Phantasy Phorest
          Jan 1, 2011 Mummer's Parade in Philadelphia...anti-fracking performance.

        Fracking Wonderland--A 4 Minute Holiday Video from CCSE
          Special appearance by our friend Mark Ruffalo. Dec, 2010

        Investing in E and P
          This 2 minute extranormal video created on 12/29/2010 presents information about the fiction of drilling earnings and profits.

        Please Mr. President--No Frickin' Frackin
          Here's a misical video that will make you WANT to take action to stop this freakin' frakin' destruction of our water, air, land and lives. Two Minutes. Dec, 2010.

        Fracking Shale In New York
          This 4 minute xtranormal video dated 11/23/2010 discusses political and lobbying implications of drilling including severance tax, Cuomo, and jobs. Encourages political action.

        The Green Washing Avenger - Frack Gas
          Catskill Mountainkeeper 2 minute video video November 25, 2010

        Founding Fathers Fight Gas Drilling and Fracking Abuses!
          Aug. 22, 2010; Short 1 minute animated video by slingshotarkansas.

        Hydrofracking Wait, Don't Touch the Water by Wendy Woods
          Aug, 2010 video of Wendy Woods singing "Wait, Don't Touch the Water" a 4 minute video.

        Go Frack Yourself
          A three minute video and song written by Marc Black for a North Branch, NY event telling the drilling companies to "go home."

        Video: Kids
          1 minute; Published on May 8, 2013 Two brothers from http://www.earthguardians.org/ in Boulder, Colorado rap to students at Evergreen Middle School about the dangers of "fracking" filmed on Friday, May 3 and posted on Wednesday, May 8.

        Natural Gas Company Propaganda is BULL S*!T! The Ironic News Report Calls Them Out!
          The fossil fuel industry has left out a few details in their informational video about the process of drilling for natural gas. Comedian Julianna Forlano fills in the gaps in this special edition of The Ironic News Report. October 8, 2011 (7 minutes).

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Keystone XL