May 20

“Horror Stories From Frackland” – Video Series Part 1

“Horror Stories From Frackland”  – Featuring two men who have been exposed to toxic chemical contamination. One (Randy) was dosed while working on a frack pad drilling site, the other (Joseph) was poisoned because he lives within a mile of a gigantic gas precessing plant and has gas wells 400 ft from his home.
Randy and Joseph are in need of some help. They are to sick to work, in constant pain and totally alone..Left behind in the wake of the drilling madness in PA.
Unfortunately stories like this are common everywhere the gassers go.    

May 18

Conference Call – 8 pm Wed. 5/20/15 – Bylaws – Moving Forward – Actions

In our first conference call since the rally on earth day , we will have an open discussion among all grassroots participants in order to move forward with our mission.

Agenda in brief… please add more discussion items to the event room…along with questions.

  1. Discussion of ideas for bylaws and governing body.

  2. Moving forward with demanding the shift.

  3. Ideas for action.

  4. Direct Action in Albany

    CALL 1-302-202-1118

ENTER CODE – 221067

We will schedule a second call… before any direct action is taken or bylaws are voted upon… We understand that this is short notice and that there are those of you who might not be able to be present on Wednesday.

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FRACK FREE NATION  – OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE

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May 14

DEMAND THE SHIFT NY! PLEDGE OF PEACEFUL DIRECT ACTION!

Demand The Shift NY – Pledge of Peaceful Direct Action – STOP FRACKING, PIPELINES, LNG EXPORT, LNG STORAGE, BAN BOMB TRAINS, SHUT DOWN THE NUKES & DEMAND 100% CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY NOW!

1. If The NY DEC issues a Final SGEIS that allows future HVHF – Fracking, and/or

2. If Governor Cuomo is unwilling to meet with Frack Free Nation regarding putting forth an energy plan that shuts down new fracking infrastructure (methane gas pipelines, LNG storage, export, and gas fired electrical generation) Pipelines & Bomb Trains carrying Bakken Shale Oil & Tarsands OIL, and nuclear power, while putting forth a massive green jobs program with just transition to 100% Clean Renewable Community Owned Power, then we must be ready to act!

3. I agree to be part of a peaceful direct action(NVDA) and possibly risk arrest.

4. The common charge for an arrestable action of this type is a violation(equivalent to a traffic ticket). This could result in a fine, but commonly results in a dismissal after a court appearance and 6 months of good behavior.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL PLEDGE FORM

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May 13

NY SGEIS on Fracking Released Today! – Action Required!

The Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) just released today (5-13-15) by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation does NOT necessarily prohibit shale fracking in New York State.

Frack Free Nation trusts Toxics Targeting Walter Hang’s analysis of the SGEIS and the current situation on fracking in NYS.  He is not known to play politics, and tells it how it is.  It has been our position that a ban is not a ban until we see it in writing, and it effectively becomes law.  Please keep calling Governor Cuomo and tell him, “We need a complete and permanent BAN on fracking.”

Breaking News: Final SGEIS does NOT Necessarily Prohibit Marcellus Shale Fracking in New York State

URGENT ALERT

The Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) just released today (5-13-15) by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation does NOTnecessarily prohibit shale fracking in New York State.

In addition, there is no requirement that the key recommendation of the Department of Health would be enforced:

“Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH [Department of Health] recommends that HVHF should not proceed in NYS (emphasis added).”

The three action alternatives under consideration include: a) “denial of permits,” b) “use of a phased-permitting approach,” and c) “The required use of “€œgreen”€ or non-chemical fracturing technologies and additives.”

We have no idea which alternative DEC will choose.

There is also no requirement for meaningful public participation before a “Findings Statement” could be issued in as soon as 10 days to translate the Final SGEIS into effect.

Read the Final SGEIS at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html

DEC “would use the 1992 GEIS and the Final SGEIS in reviewing applications to conduct high-volume hydraulic fracturing shale fracking operations in New York State if high-volume hydraulic fracturing were authorized.”

Is is unimaginable that DEC proposes to safeguard New Yorkers from shale fracking using permit guidelines up to 23 years old.

See page 10 at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/fsgeis2015es.pdf

Shale fracking is not prohibited in any way even though DEC concluded:

“In this regard, the ever increasing collection of proposed mitigation measures demonstrates three essential weaknesses of the proposed program: (1) the effectiveness of the mitigation is uncertain; (2) the potential risk and impact from the proposed Action to the environment and public health cannot be quantified at this time, and (3) there are some significant adverse impacts that are simply unavoidable.”

See Chapter 6, page 14 at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/fsgeis2015es.pdf

Three action alternatives:

“The following alternatives to issuance of permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing to develop the Marcellus Shale and other low-permeability gas reservoirs have been reviewed for the purpose of this SGEIS:

1) The denial of permits to develop the Marcellus Shale and other low-permeability gas reservoirs by horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing (No – action alternative);

2) The use of a phased-permitting approach to developing the Marcellus Shale and other low-permeability gas reservoirs, including consideration of limiting and/or restricting
resource development in designated areas; and

3) The required use of “€œgreen”€ or non-chemical fracturing technologies and additives.”

See page 5: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/fsgeis2015ch9.pdf

Conclusion

Governor Cuomo refused thousands of respectful requests to require meaningful public participation before the Final SGEIS was adopted.

At least a 10-day period will now ensue before a “Findings Statement” could be issued and a final decision rendered in this matter.

The immediate problem is that the public has no idea what the Findings Statement will provide.

That is why Governor Cuomo should immediately reveal what he plans to do while making sure that the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review are strictly fulfilled.

New Yorkers concerned about shale fracking must know how the Cuomo administration will resolve arguably the most important environmental policy decision in a generation while they still have an opportunity to comment on that plan.

More shortly.

Best regards,

Walter

CallSGEIS

May 13

Breaking – #Emergency Action – 24 Hours to #StopTPP

BREAKING: Senate Democrats have reversed themselves and reached a deal with Republicans to pass TPP fast-track. They will vote tomorrow at 12:00. We have less than 24 hours to stop TPP! SHARE this now and call these 10 Senators and tell them you will vote against any member of Congress, Democratic or Republican, that sends jobs overseas! http://politi.co/1IBhl8W

Ron Wyden Oregon 202-224-5244
Michael Bennet Colorado 202-224-5852
Maria Cantwell Washington 202-224-3441
Dianne Feinstein California 202-224-3841
Claire McCaskill Missouri 202-224-6154
Patt Murray Washington 202-224-2621
Bill Nelson Florida 202-224-2023
Tim Kaine Virginia 202-224-2023
Heidi Heitkamp North Dakota 202-224-2043
Mark Warner Virginia 202-224-2023
TPPReversal

May 06

PAUSE – Response to ND #STOPBOMBTRAINS RALLY – 5/7/15 Albany, NY

People of Albany United for Safe Energy – PAUSE  will hold a Heimdal, ND bomb train accident response rally at 11:45 am on Thursday 5/7/15 at The Governor’s Mansion, 138 Eagle St, Albany, NY

Railroads to fight oil train rules as another train explodes

Times Union | May 6, 2015 | Post by Eric Anderson

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this morning that the railroad industry plans to challenge new federal rules governing oil train safety that were released last Friday. Charles W. “Wick” Moorman, CEO of Norfolk Southern, said a new regulation requiring electronic pneumatic brakes caught the industry by surprise.

“It is very expensive, it doesn’t work well,” Moorman told The Journal. “We are committed to safety. The last thing in the world we want is a derailment…this technology just doesn’t do anything.”

Moorman’s comments were published on a morning when another oil train derailed and exploded. The 109-car train, operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, derailed in Heimdal, N.D. News reports said the town’s 27 residents were evacuated. It wasn’t immediately clear where the train was heading. No injuries were reported.

According to news reports, the tank cars involved were unjacketed CPC-1232s, which the federal rules would require be phased out by 2020.

In at least one respect, the industry thought the new rules hadn’t gone far enough. Moorman said railroads favored thermal wraps that would protect tank cars from exploding for 800 minutes during a fire, not the 100 minutes that federal regulators settled on.

Another concern: It’s unclear from the rules who would pay for the brakes. The oil tank cars typically are owned by the shippers, not the railroads, yet it is the railroads, not the shippers, that bear responsibility for installing them, he said.

Trains without the new brakes by 2021 would be limited to speeds of no more than 30 mph, or would have to be reduced in length to no more than 69 cars. Either would reduce capacity.

The Capital Region has become a major transshipment point for the flammable Bakken crude from North Dakota, with two major rail lines converging here to use terminals at the Port of Albany. The oil is then shipped by rail, barge or tanker to refineries along the Atlantic Coast.

Earthjustice, an environmental group seeking tighter regulations, issued the following statement from attorney Kristen Boyles:

“Again another derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude. Again another community evacuated and its people counting their blessings this didn’t happen half a mile down the track in the middle of town. Under the Department of Transportation’s new rules, the type of oil tank cars that are burning in Heimdal will stay on the rails for five to eight years. DOT’s new industry-pleasing rule is too weak and too slow. We need to get these exploding death trains off the tracks now.”

The Federal Railroad Administration issued the following statement from Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg:

“A crude oil train has derailed near Heimdal, North Dakota this morning, resulting in a large fire involving several tank cars. The town of Heimdal is being evacuated. The FRA has deployed a ten person investigation team to the site and will be conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident. Today’s incident is yet another reminder of why we issued a significant, comprehensive rule aimed at improving the safe transport of high hazard flammable liquids. The FRA will continue to look at all options available to us to improve safety and mitigate risks.”

The Wall Street Journal story is here.

http://blog.timesunion.com/business/rail-industry-to-challenge-new-oil-train-rules/65973/

 Article on accident in North Dakota
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North Dakota Town Evacuated Following Fiery Oil Train Derailment

Latest disaster comes just after release of new oil-by-rail safety standards that critics say aren’t nearly strong enough

Emergency crews report 10 cars on fire. (Photo: Jennifer Willis)

The entire population of  Heimdal, North Dakota has been evacuated Wednesday morning after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded.

A BNSF Railway oil train derailed around 7:30 am, setting at least 10 oil tanker cars on fire. The Bismarck Tribune spoke with emergency responders who “said the the sky was black with smoke near the derailment site.”

About 40 people from Heimdal and the surrounding farmlands were evacuated; no injuries or fatalities have been reported.

“As this accident demonstrates, people, wildlife, rivers and lakes will continue to pay the price for the government’s failure to take steps to adequately protect us from these dangerous oil trains.”
—Jared Margolis, Center for Biological Diversity

Valley News Live reports that BNSF spokesperson Amy McBeth “says the tank cars involved in the incident are the unjacketed CPC-1232 models.”

These newer tank cars are supposedly safer than older DOT-111 models, but environmentalists note that four oil train accidents in the first three months of 2015 all involved the newer CPC-1232 cars.

Just last week, groups warned that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new oil-by-train safety standards “leave communities at risk of catastrophe.”

On Wednesday morning, the people of Heimdal saw such a catastrophe up close.

The lesson was not lost on Earthjustice attorney Kristen Boyles, who said in a statement: “Again another derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude. Again another community evacuated and its people counting their blessings this didn’t happen half a mile down the track in the middle of town.”

“We need to get these exploding death trains off the tracks now.”
—Kristen Boyles, Earthjustice

She pointed out that “under the Department of Transportation’s new rules, the type of oil tank cars that are burning in Heimdal will stay on the rails for five to eight years. DOT’s new industry-pleasing rule is too weak and too slow. We need to get these exploding death trains off the tracks now.”

“We will continue to see these fiery derailments even with the new regulations in place, because they fail to take sufficient actions to prevent oil trains wrecks,” echoed Jared Margolis, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. “As this accident demonstrates, people, wildlife, rivers and lakes will continue to pay the price for the government’s failure to take steps to adequately protect us from these dangerous oil trains.”

CBD and Earthjustice are among many organizations calling for an immediate moratorium on so-called “bomb trains.”

As Margolis added Wednesday, “It’s dangerous and irresponsible to allow these trains—which have shown a propensity for going off the rails—to come through our communities and across some our most pristine landscapes.”

May 06

Action Alert – Stop Pipelines & Demand The Shift!

Please Call Governor Cuomo today and everyday!

1.  Demand an end to all new fracked gas infrastructure, including all pipelines,  Crestwood LNG storage at Seneca Lake,  Port Ambrose LNG Export, All new methane gas fired electrical generation, and Pennsylvania frack wastes entering NYS.

2.   Demand an end to Bomb Trains putting our inner cities and rural communities at risk.  Demand a shutdown of Indian Point and all nuclear power.

3.  Demand an energy plan for a just transition with a massive Green Jobs program to 100% Clean Renewable Community Owned Power!

4.  Call Today and Every Day!

Frack Free Nation’s 3 Main Positions – Earth Day 2015 and Beyond

SIGN OUR PETITION!

To read Frack Free Nation’s #EarthDay2015 letter – Dear Governor Cuomo <<<< Click Here

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Thank You to Sane Energy for the Graphic!

 

May 05

Northeast Pennsylvania Frack Site Flyover

Informative video on fracking narrated by Dr. Tony Ingraffea.

Apr 28

NYS FRACKING ACTION ALERT – From Walter Hang – Toxics Targeting #FrackFreeNation

It has been Frack Free Nation’s assertion that the “Ban” on fracking in NYS is nothing more than an extended moratorium.  Walter Hang provides the details here, and what action you can take to help stop the SGEIS from being finalized.


Governor Cuomo reportedly does not plan to permanently ban shale fracking in NYS/Call Governor Cuomo to Require Public Participation Before Proposing a Final SGEIS

Too busy to read further? Use this Urgent Action Guide: http://toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/documents/2015-04-27/urgent-action-guide

Greetings,

As you know, Fractivists rejoiced on December 17, 2014 when they were led to believe that Governor Cuomo had permanently banned shale fracking in New York.

It is now crystal clear that the Governor only plans to prohibit shale fracking “at this time.” Moreover, his decision could be “revisited at any time when new or significant information comes to light.” See Cuomo administration statements at the end of this alert.

The Governor’s proposed policy would be implemented by adopting a Final SGEIS (Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement) based on a 2011 draft proposal that received massive criticism and is based on information nearly seven years old. That administrative action could happen any day.

On Friday April 24th, Susan Arbetter of Capitol Pressroom resolved any uncertainty about what lies ahead by closely questioning Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Martens. She said to the Commissioner: “Activists were thrilled when they heard about the ban, but some of those same activists are looking for a permanent ban. Is there a permanent ban in the Final SGEIS?”

Commissioner Martens responded: “Ah, um, well it is, it’s permanent until it changes.” You can hear all of the Commissioner’s comments at 3:12 of the interview: http://www.wcny.org/cpr042415/

Take Urgent Action: Call Governor Cuomo Today

All of our efforts must now focus on preventing adoption of a Final SGEIS that could permit future shale fracking in New York. That is the work we began in November 2009 when the original Draft SGEIS was reportedly only weeks away from adoption.

Call Governor Cuomo at 518 474 8390.

You will hear a recording. Press 2 to leave a message or press 3 to speak with a live person. Either option is fine.

First and foremost, please request public participation:

“I respectfully request Public Notice and an opportunity for Review and Comment about the scope of any FINAL SGEIS BEFORE IT IS PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION.”

A second request is equally important:

“I want to know exactly how your administration will enforce the Public Health Review’s key recommendation in any Final SGEIS:

Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in New York State.

Feel free to ask the Governor’s assistants read back your message to make sure they get it right.

Call as many times as you like. Ask everyone you know to call. Pour it on.

Become a signatory to our latest coalition letter:http://www.toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/letters/2015/3/14/coalition-letter-disclose-how-health-review-findings-to-policy

Governor Cuomo is Facing Intense and Growing Opposition to a Final SGEIS Being Prepared in Secret Without Public Input

The Governor is being deluged with written requests, phone calls, inquiries from key elected officials as well as increased press scrutiny about a Final SGEIS being prepared in secret based on antiquated information.

You can listen to my 4/14/15 interview on the Capitol Pressroom. Thanks, again, to Susan Arbetter for her incredible in-depth coverage of shale fracking over the years. See: http://www.toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/news/2015-04-14/walter-hang-interview-capitol-pressroom

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton wrote an amazingly powerful letter to the Governor. It perfectly frames the need for public participation before a Final SGEIS is proposed. See: http://toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/letters/2015-4-20/Lifton-letter-to-Cuomo-final-sgeis

Ms. Lifton is quoted in Jon Campbell’s piece that reports a Final SGEIS is “at the printers.” See:http://toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/news/2015-4-22/dec-chief-final-fracking-report-at-printer

Ms. Lifton also was interviewed on 4/24/15 by Bob Joseph on WNBF in Binghamton:http://toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/news/2015-04-24/wnbf-interviews-barbara-lifton

I am quoted in an SGEIS piece by Jon Campbell that just broke today:http://toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/news/2015-04-26/lawyers-scrutinize-nys-next-fracking-move

How DEC Plans to Conclude its SGEIS Proceeding

Commissioner Martens says the Final SGEIS “is literally at the printer.” If a Final SGEIS is adopted, a ten-day comment period ensues, but there is NO requirement for DEC to revise the Final SGEIS in response to public input.

After the essentially meaningless comment period ends, a legally binding “Findings Statement” would be issued to conclude the SGEIS permit guideline proceeding begun in 2008.

That is why it is imperative to require public participation before a Final SGEIS is proposed.

I invite you to read our 11/2/2011 coalition letter with more than 22,000 signatories which documents the shortcomings of the Revised Draft SGEIS and requests that it be withdrawn:http://www.toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/cuomo/coalition_letter/2011

Conclusion

DEC almost certainly plans to adopt a Final SGEIS that fails to a) permanently prohibit shale fracking in New York, b) enforce the Public Health Review’s critical recommendation or c) resolve the huge array of concerns expressed about the Revised Draft SGEIS.

If that turns out to be the case, Fractivists would have at least ten days to kill the Final SGEIS.

If an immense political firestorm prevents DEC from issuing a Findings Statement, the Final SGEIS would not take effect. In that event, New York’s landmark shale fracking moratorium would continue in full effect.

Everything we have worked so hard to achieve since 2008 is on the line. In the days ahead, I implore you to take concerted action to protect what we have won.

Thank you for all your assistance.

Onward and upward.

All my best regards,

Walter

DEC Commissioner says Shale Fracking only “prohibited at this time:”http://toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/news/2014-12-17/nysdoh-completes-review-of-fracking

DEC Commissioner says Shale Fracking prohibition decision could be “revisited at any time when new or significant information comes to light.” See: http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2015/01/28/dec-chief-state-can-revisit-fracking-ban-but-wont-in-near-term

Apr 28

Women Against War & Veterans For Peace At #FrackFreeNation Rally

Earth Day in Washington D.C. and Albany NY, with local photos. The Pentagon, the US Military and Ecocide.

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Grannies for Peace say "Protect Mother Earth from Military Climate Destruction", photo by Mabel Leon

Veteran for Peace, Dan Wilcox

Pentagon the world's largest user of fossil fuel! photo by Mabel Leon

Pat Beetle, seated with our central message: "War Causes Climate Change. Photo by Mabel Leon

Protect Mother Earth from Climate Destruction, photo by Mabel Leon

On Wednesday, April 22nd at West Capitol Park in Albany Frack Free Nation and several other local environmental groups held an all day event. There was also an accompanying bike ride that began in Tivoli Park. Here’s the brief description:

Wednesday, April 22, 11 am. – 8 pm. Earth Day 2015, West Capitol Park, Albany. Energize Democracy Climate Justice Rally, Speakers- Music -Action. Organized by Frack Free Nationwhich would like you to sign up that you’ll be there

Wednesday, April 22, Noon – 1:00 pm, West Capitol Park, Albany. Join Women Against War & Grannies for Peace at the Earth Day 2015 Rally. We’ll be demonstrating with signs and banners protesting the US military: the world’s single biggest consumer of fossil fuels Maureen Aumand will be among the speakers. Remarks by Maureen Aumand at Earth Day Events on April 22

Wednesday, April 22, 11:45 am, Beginning at Tivoli Park, corner of Judson and Livingston (where there is parking), 2015 Earth Day Bicycle Parade. This year – celebrating institutions with solar panels – We will ride by FUUSA, the Spectrum Theater and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. The ride will last about an hour, and will end at SASNY, 515 Broadway. For more information:  PAUSEenergy.org

As you can read, Grannies for Peace and Women Against War joined an all day event formally for just one hour, amidst the tents, exhibits and people from many other groups. During that hour we stood with many others with our banners and signs from a previous war is warming demonstration.

Bertha, Wendy foreground

Goal to defeat climate catastrophe, sign by Wendy, photo by Mabel Leon

Barb and line along S. Swan Street, photo by Mabel Leon

Later line along South Swan Street, photo by Mabel Leon

Allied environmental vigilers, photo by Mabel Leon

Harry with Earth flag and more details of S. Swan Street, photo by Mabel Leon

Bertha, how many gallons of fuel keep one soldier in Afghanistan? Photo by Mabel, Leon

One of the themes of the Earth Day events, Photo by Mabel Leon

Joe and Maureen closer to the park with exhibit tents set up. Photo by Mabel Leon

Hazel and Dan and view of the park, photo by Mabel Leon

Later in the day, photo from Frack Free Nation website

David, War Causes Climate Change, sign by Kim Kennedy, photo by Mabel Leon

Front of bicycle riders from Tivoli Park, photo by Mabel Leon

Bike riders, middleBicycle riders from Tivoli Parkback of bike riders

That was one hour of our local


 

 

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