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There is an extremely IMPORTANT MEETING of the Governor’s newly appointed Uranium Working Group (UWG). The date is Monday, June 18th, 2012 @ 6:00 pm @ Chatham High School, Chatham, Va.
Many of our concerned colleagues, having studied the issue without ceasing since it’s origin in 1978, believe that this UWG flies in the face of democratic protocol, and that Governor McDonnell has committed a grave wrong to the citizens he has been elected to represent and protect. His recent attack on the free speech rights of women has already trashed his hopes for thew Republican VEEP canadacy this fall!
Please try to attend this meeting on the 18th of June. There will be time for public comment, for which we must all sign up early, so try to get there by 5:00 or so in order to get on the list of public speakers.
The link to the UWG is http://www.uwg.vi.virginia.gov and there should be an agenda at the site. Our understanding is that they will cover Mine permitting, Environmental Impact Analysis and Environmental Monitoring of Mine Sites, Disposal of Mine Waste, Mine Site Reclamation. There will also be a passout on UWG Comprehensive Work Plan and Schedual.
Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Fight The Frack workshop. An organizer with ShaleShock and Finger Lakes Earth First! held a discussion regarding the state of fracking in New York state. He updated us about the effective activities they’ve held including a Ruckus Society training camp and street theater against oil companies at large rallies. He also informed us that much of the infrastructure for fracking has already been built in New York State, because of the previous infrastructure made for conventional drilling which is already common in the area, and also that dirty frack water is spread on the streets of New York and Ohio in the winter time as a de-icer! If you’d like to learn more about the coalition, Shaleshock, which coordinated action with many different anti-fracking groups, check out their website here. Also, check out the article below regarding risk to the NY fracking moratorium:
Waterless Fracking Method Could Sidestep NY Gas Drilling Ban
Amid skepticism from engineers and environmentalists, landowners and drilling company bet on LPG fracking, which uses propane instead of water.
Apr 16, 2012
The Tioga County Landowners Association will lease 135,000 acres to Houston-based eCorp International. The fracking will be done by Calgary-based GasFrac Energy Services, which pioneered the LPG process.
A plan to extract shale gas and oil from 135,000 acres in Tioga County, N.Y., could break through the state’s hydraulic fracturing moratorium, because the wells would be fracked not with water but with liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, a mixture of mostly propane.
A relatively new technology, LPG fracking doesn’t fall under New York’s current hydraulic fracturing moratorium. Instead it could be permitted under the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s 1992 Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, according to Emily DeSantis, the DEC’s director of public information.
DeSantis said LPG fracking would also require an additional assessment under the state’s Environmental Quality Review Act, or even a separate environmental impact statement “if the proposed activity may result in significant adverse environmental impacts not previously or adequately addressed.”
New York placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in 2010, after environmentalists and some residents began worrying that hydraulic fracturing might contaminate the watershed that supplies water to New York City and other parts of the East Coast.
The moratorium won’t be lifted until a new Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement is complete. The DEC expects to finish the work on that document by the end of the year.
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