At a January 23rd day of lobbying in Albany, baker Stefan Senders from Wide Awake Bakery made an impassioned case for the purity of land, water and soil: “The promises of the gas industry are demonstrably false, and they miss what farmers know well: There is no independence that does not demand care and responsibility. There is no quantity of cash that can restore fertility to a poisoned field. There is no adequate monetary “compensation” for poisoned water. There is no payment, no dollar, no loan, that can restore life and community to a broken world.” READ MORE
At a January 7th hearing in Delhi, New York, organized by several upstate environmental groups, more than fifty speakers from the area talked about the devastation caused by hydrofracking for natural gas in rural areas where drilling is already taking place. Among those testifying were farmers, brewers, and Chefs for the Marcellus co-founder, food systems expert, Hilary Baum.
Upstate cattle farmer Ken Jaffe has shared the full text of an e-mail sent by Dr. Christopher Portier, head of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). According to Jaffe, this e-mail “represents a major change in mainstream scientific thinking about public health risks of gas drilling.” For the first time, according to Jaffe, a federal official with responsibility for public health has stated openly that he can’t guarantee the safety of fracking, and that he has “data of concern” that makes him worried. READ MORE
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