Community meeting a success!

March 13, 2010

Andrew Byers of the Shaleshock Action Alliance spoke to a packed house last night at the Kingston Township Municipal Building.  (Thank you Kingston Township).

Andrew worked with facts and extrapolated them to the scales of production which have been projected here.  He used slides to show fully developed fields, sites in preparation, and waste ponds being dozed back into the earth.  He spoke about the generators which spew out ozone creating hydrocarbons, pipelines, access roads, dragon tanks, diesel trucks, waste fluids, and radioactive mud.  He spoke to the typical everyday spillage, topsoil degradation, and its cumulative effect on the water system.  He spoke to mismanagement, the Cheney/Halliburton loophole, endocrine disruption, and the industrial sized scale of it all.  He also covered community organizing, monitoring strategies, and local political activism.   It was a rational and fact based portrayal of a world we are allowing to happen.

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Speaker from ShaleShock to discuss Natural Gas Drilling

March 8, 2010

At 7:00 pm on Friday, Andrew Byers of the Shaleshock Action Alliance will speak about the issues regarding natural gas drilling. Shaleshock is a New York State coalition of  groups concerned about the environmental and community impacts of natural gas drilling into the Marcellus Shale.  Andrew lives in Ithaca, NY and works as a botanist and cook.

This event is sponsored by Luzerne County Citizens for Clean Water. It will take place at the Kingston Township Municipal Building, 180 East Center Street,  Shavertown.

The agenda is as follows:

I. The Marcellus Play
II. Shaleshock Citizen Response
A. Working group design
B. Current efforts
III. Water Monitoring and Community Science
IV. Local ordinances in PA (TCCOG reference)
V. Next Steps for communities

Shaleshock will coordinate an open space interest based group process that facilitates community networking and political engagement.

8:30 Question/answer

9:00 Closing time, and all those last minute conversations.