FRACKING AND BLASTING AMERICA . . . AND SHIPPING ENERGY OVERSEAS
Demand An Energy Export Policy That Makes Sense. TAKE ACTION!
Energy companies love to wrap themselves in the flag of energy independence,
but in fact they have a history of exploiting American resources in a way that
benefits foreign nations, not the United States.
In recent decades, mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining has destroyed an area
the size of Rhode Island. Biologically diverse ecosystems have been wiped out.
Thousands of miles of streams have been poisoned, or have disappeared under mountains
of rubble. Contaminated air and water have created a health crisis for rural communities
that face epidemic rates of birth defects and childhood disease. Adding insult to
grievous injury, we’ve been shipping our Appalachian coal overseas.
And now, rather than rethinking the insanity of MTR, the U.S. is about to embark on yet
another ruinous venture, one that will create an even greater environmental and health
crisis here at home so energy corporations can make a killing abroad.
The broad outlines of the gas industry’s master plan are clear—frack the hell out of
America so U.S. energy companies can become leading exporters of natural gas. The industry
has already begun spending tens of billions of dollars to construct pipelines and export
terminals to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe and Asia. When these terminals
are complete, the industry will be able to sell U.S. gas in foreign markets at prices that
may be five or six or seven times the current rate here at home. Gas corporations will
make out like bandits, while the U.S. taxpayer will be left to cope with the environmental
damage and the inevitable public health crisis that will follow in the wake of contaminated
air and drinking water supplies.
ALBANY INACTION AND MISDIRECTION
Demand protective legislation. TAKE ACTION!
- In 2005, the gas industry wanted a state law that would force landowners to have gas known
to be under their land extracted against their will. No problem. A compulsory integration bill,
written by lobbyists, sailed through both houses of the legislature with unanimous support.
In 2008, the industry was back in Albany because it wanted a well-spacing law to facilitate
shale gas extraction. Once again, the legislature quickly gave the industry what it wanted.
- But although ordinary New Yorkers have been demanding basic protections from fracking for years,
the legislature still hasn’t managed to enact a single law in the public interest. Will this year
be any different? Will the legislature pass a bill requiring a much-needed health impact assessment
of fracking? Will it close the drilling waste loophole that lets the industry dump toxic waste
without adequate supervision? Will it accomplish anything at all before the current session winds down?
- The Cuomo Administration and the DEC continue to offer conflicting estimates of when fracking will
get underway in New York. We’ve been told it will be this spring, or in the summer, or in the fall,
or maybe sometime before the end of the year, or perhaps never. It’s hard to read these mixed signals
as anything more than a cynical ploy to keep the public confused and activists off guard.
- Recently DEC Commissioner Martens told the press that his department will “consider” local laws that
prohibit fracking when it issues drilling permits, but he failed to say whether the DEC will actually
respect the laws enacted by dozens of communities who don’t trust Governor Cuomo, or the DEC, or the
legislature to offer them the protections they deserve.
Recently, Catskill Citizens partnered with Sungevity, a company that provides solar installations for
home and businesses. If someone purchases a solar installation through our website, the purchaser and
Catskill Citizens each get a check for $750.
We didn’t form this partnership because we’re desperate for money, or because we’ve sold out to corporate
interests. We did it because we think the company has a business model that deserves recognition. Sungevity
is one of several companies that will install photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes at no cost to the
homeowner—the company makes its money by collecting the available tax incentives and through monthly leasing
payments that are less than the homeowner’s savings on their utility bill. This not-a-penny-out-of- pocket-ever
business model is important because it undermines the argument that renewable energy systems are expensive
and beyond the reach of ordinary Americans. Solar is here now—and anyone can afford it.
Can New York Learn from Texas?. Economist Jannette Barth’s latest analysis of the economic impact of shale gas plays.
Read more about LNG exports by entering the word “exports in the “Search” feature of our website.
STOP THE FRACK ATTACK!
On July 28, citizens from all across the country will rally in Washington, D.C. for a national day of action.
Read more at stopthefrackattack.org.
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