Join Riverkeeper, Environmental Advocates of New York, Catskill Mountainkeeper and other New York Water Rangers coalition members to celebrate award-winning water and beer!
The Save Our Beer! event at Keegan Ales in Kingston will feature live music, information about fracking and award-winning beer. Riverkeeper will also present Congressman Maurice Hinchey with a 2012 Clean Water Champion award in a ceremony at 6 p.m.
New York’s water is at risk from industrial gas drilling called fracking. Fracking requires millions of gallons of water, sand, and toxic chemicals pumped deep underground. The gas industry wants to frack thousands of wells across the state, endangering the health and safety of our water and forever altering our communities.
With our partners, Riverkeeper is working to protect our communities, our water quality and our beer from fracking.
ABOUT THE CLEAN WATER CHAMPION AWARD
Clean Water Champion Awards honor those who have given exemplary service to the Hudson River and its tributaries, in support of Riverkeeper’s and the Clean Water Act’s goals of achieving swimmable, fishable and drinkable water. At the Riverkeeper Sweep party June 2, Brooklyn Riverkeeper Action Group and the Rockland Water Coalition received awards.
U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey is being honored for achievements in the NYS Assembly and US Congress, including his work to establish the Solar Energy Consortium, support a comprehensive cleanup of PCBs in the Hudson River, establish the Hudson River Greenway, designate the Hudson River a National Heritage Area, fund the creation of Walkway Over the Hudson, preserve Sterling Forest and investigate high-profile clean water violations like Love Canal and the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Hinchey has also been an outspoken critic of New York’s proposed regulation of hydraulic fracturing, for failing to consider the latest environmental, public health and economic impacts. He called for the withdrawal of New York’s draft generic environmental impact statement in January, echoing many of Riverkeeper’s concerns, including the need for an independent health impact analysis, and the lack of a comprehensive plan to deal with wastewater. He co-authored the FRAC ACT to repeal a 2005 exemption for the oil and gas industry from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and to mandate disclosure of fracking chemicals.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Marc Black is an eclectic folk-rocker who carries the Woodstock tradition of dealing with life with all its social and political challenges…one song at a time. John Sebastian, Taj Mahal, Art Garfunkel and Richie Havens are just a few of the folks who have recorded with Marc. While still in high school, his band, the Blades of Grass, reached the top forty and performed alongside the biggest acts of the day including the Doors, Van Morrison and Neil Diamond. His songwriting has taken a political turn over the past couple years. No Fracking Way, recorded with Eric (dueling banjos) Weissberg and John Sebastian (and a hundred Woodstock, NY citizens), has been sung at rallies as far away as South Africa, Ireland and Australia.
Sean Rowe is an avid naturalist whose love for the wilderness dates back as far as he can remember—back to when he first fixated on the Native American images on his bed sheets as a little boy. Rowe’s honest and haunting songwriting have already earned comparisons to Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks phase, for his abstract lyric phrasing, and the way he crafts an experience of emotion, rather than telling a linear tale. Most powerfully he brings to mind Leonard Cohen, with songwriting which tends to build into powerful, yet vulnerable, cathedral-like monuments of sound.