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Conference: Stop Fracking Impacts in New York

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November 15, 2014: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
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Collateral Damage from Fracking: Coming together to protect communities

Riverkeeper is proud to be a co-sponsor of this one day conference.

While New York’s highest court has upheld a town’s right to prohibit fracking within its borders, fracking threats still loom — regardless of whether a community has enacted a ban or moratorium on this activity.

All communities, with bans or otherwise, will feel the impact of fracking-related activities nearby. Air and water pollution know no jurisdictional boundaries, and the build-up of natural gas infrastructure (i.e., pipelines, compressor stations, storage facilities and export terminals) will create hazards across municipal, county and state lines.

The Coalition to Protect Communities from Fracking’s Collateral Damage is organizing a one-day action-oriented conference from 9-5 on November 15, 2014 at Ithaca College to help educate and inspire local officials and citizens about actions they can take to prevent collateral damage resulting from fracking.

Collateral damage includes:
• Waste disposal – wastewater disposal, landfills, brine spreading on roads
• Infrastructure for transporting and storing gas – pipelines, compressor stations, export facilities, underground storage
• Air pollution – methane, ozone, vehicle emissions, radon, and other toxic substances
• Transportation – road use, rail transport

Panels of lawyers, municipal officials and citizens will address:
• Actions NYS municipalities and citizens have taken
• Controls available to NYS municipalities (counties/towns/villages/cities)
• Networking and action planning.

Keynote speaker: David Slottje, Esq, Community Environmental Defense Council

Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes
Concerned Health Professionals of NY
Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition
Elected Officials to Protect NY
Food and Water Watch
Gas Free Seneca
Ithaca College Department of Environmental Sciences
Otsego 2000
SANE Energy Project
Tompkins County Council of Governments

A $15 registration fee (scholarships available) will help cover costs including breakfast, breaks, lunch and materials.


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