Bans, Moratoria & Resolutions - as of Apr. 28, 2013
Compiled by Joe Hoff, Chairman of Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking (a member of the Coalition to Protect New York).
Please download the file, below, for the latest list of 'Bans, Moratoria and Resolutions'
Here's the cover note from Joe:
The April revision of bans and moratoria from communities and actions taken by selected special interest groups is attached.
As you may know a storm is raging at the largest of the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake, here in western New York State. Inergy a mid-west based corporation has stated that they are going to make the pristine Finger Lakes region near Seneca Lake the LP Gas storage capital of the world. Despite scientific reports on the deleterious effects of using salt caverns in the region, they proceed on track without a permit, seemingly unabated with their plans to deposit their liquid gas stores in them.
The Seneca 12, including biological scientist, professorial scholar, and prominent author, Dr. Sandra Steingraber in seeking to repudiate the company's callous indifference to life and the waters of our region, exercised the tactic of civil disobedience and were incarcerated. I attach Dr. Steingraber's writing from her place of confinement.
I also repeat with permission Dr. Joseph Campbell's comments (Gas Free Seneca, website http://gasfreeseneca.com/ ) on the situation below.
Now is the time to register your concerns and take concerted action in assuring that your community will place the health, safety and welfare of its citizens and future generations ahead of the destructive actions of corporate greed. Both Joe and Sandra say it well.
Joe Hoff, Chairman
Keuka Citizens Against Hydrofracking
Subject: Seneca Lake
I stepped outside the door just now to take in the nearly full moon casting its shadow over Lake Seneca. Expecting to enjoy a tranquil few minutes of the evening before heading to bed, I was instead treated to the low frequency droning of a drilling rig across the lake, a mile and a half distant, ebbing and rising on the night wind. And then, over the incessant noise coming from the other side of the lake, I heard the plaintive call of a loon, as if it, too, were complaining of this intrusion on its lake.
It occurred to me that the gassholes at Inergy (pardon my French), hearing that sound, probably hear dollar signs. That, in turn, reminded me of the scene in "Apocalypse Now" when Robert Duvall's character says, "I love the smell of Napalm in the morning. It reminds me of..... Victory."
Take a drive over there on State RT 14 North. Slow down as you approach the infamous Compressor Station gate and look to your right. There, you will see the drilling rig that I am forced to listen to 24/7. There, also, you will see other activity, like the tracks in the mud of vehicles readying the site for brine ponds and rail sidings. There, you will see what Sandra, Melissa, Michael and the other 9 of the Seneca Lake 12 were arrested trying to stop. Inergy, in their arrogance, moves boldly forward and will do whatever they can get away with to further their aims without a permit.
I say, "Inergy, you have kicked a hornet's nest and will regret ever coming to our Seneca Lake! We will defend her with every ounce of our beings!" Like the loon, we are peaceful beings trying to enjoy this beautiful place we exist in. Like the hornet, we will sting you, and sting you, until you leave here and leave us in peace!!
Inergy, YOU ARE THE TRESPASSER HERE!! INERGY, GO HOME!!!