Friday, October 14, 2011

Welcome & Things You Can Do

PLEASE  Get informed! 
Once you are informed you will want to
Say: "No To Hydrofracking" in NY State


I began this blog in October, 2011.  
Since then many powerful environments groups 
have formed coalitions that have been very successful 
at i forming the greater public in NY State about 

Liquified Natural Gas
Trans Pacific Partnership

I highly recommend you look at the below list of websites, 
subscribe to them and keep up their updated infomation:

Community Environmental Defense Council

Also see these more recent important articles and videos:

Why we should not frack NY State

When the Trans-Pacific Partnership Must Be Stopped

Potential Lawsuits to be charged agains NY State

Transporting Fossil Fuels by Rail


Important people to follow:

Sandra Steingraber  click here
Tony Ingraffea  click here
Walter Hang, Toxics Targeting  click here
James Northrup  click here
Dr. Robert Howarth  click here
Bill McKibben
Deborah Rogers, financial spin on hydrofracking  click here
Dr. Jannette Barth, economist  click here
Robert Oswald & Michelle Williams (impact on animals)  click here
Josh Fox, filmmaker & activist click here
Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Call him!  Email him!  

!!!!! Important !!!!!!
New Yorkers: Write and call Governor Cuomo!  tell him 
Do not to put New Yorkers' health and the environment at risk with Hydrofracking and Liquified Natual Gas in NY State. 

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Below is the early beginning materials I used to start 
this website in October 2011.  Since then the 
Town of Canandaigua has created a full Ban on Hydrofracking
and related industrial processes.

Welcome to NoToHydrofracking

        Land Leased for natural gas drilling in the Finger Lakes (white areas=no info)
        Click twice on the map to get a closer look    Click here for Citizens Campaign Leased  
        Land map with 20,000 plots identified in 8 NY counties!  (long download time)

Please click on all red colored words in the text.  They are hyperlinked and will supply you with important added information.

Welcome!  I created this website in October, 2011 with my wife Gloria to support those who want to see Canandaigua, the Finger Lakes area, and all of New York State remain an environmentally clean and healthy place to live and visit.  This website contains important information about hydraulic fracturing and suggestions of things you can do to protect yourself and the environment from this dangerous industrial gas drilling process proposed to be used in NY State to access natural gas from our states shale rock formations.  Click on these two links to learn about High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing  more commonly referred to as Hydrofracking    This process poses a very serious threat to our health, our beautiful landscape, our lakes, water sheds, clean air, vineyards, organic farming, tourism, the value of our houses and personal property, and in general the culture we have known and loved in Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes Area.  We must work together to stop hydrofracking in all of New York State, but especially the Finger Lakes Arera.   
Things You Can Do:

1) Become informed about the dangers, lies and flawed thinking about  Hydrofracking.   Click on the titles below and any other colored hyperlinks you find in any of the texts.  You can click on the page titles in the Blog Archive (see above, top of the page, right column, below the flying birds).  The list of titled links below, for example, are from the Archive, and are highly recomended:   See everything at the top of this blog page; it is the most recent information available.  Also see the below:

     See this video
2) Write and Call Gov. Cuomo  & keep doing it!  Don't Stop!!!
            Call toll free, email, or write Gov. Cuomo  Phone:  (518) 474-8390

3) Attend City and Town Board Hearings to support them as they prepare protective moratoriums and zoning laws  against Hydrofracking. 

4) Contact all your friends and ask them to: a) sign Walter Hang's Coalition Letter   b) attend Town Board meetings; c) Attend the Jan 23 Hydrofracking Day of action in Albany (see above).   The more people who participate in standing up to the political, economic, health and environmental abuse that the State Government's desire to allow Hydrofracking represents, the more possible it will be to stall the process.  A moratorium will give us time to find safer and more responsible solutions to getting access to the natural gas in New York State than are presently available; and d) send this blog and other information you have about hydrofracking to your friends and others.  The bigger the network of concerned and informed people the better.     

It is essential to stop - or at the very least slow down - the aggressive push by NY Government and the Oil and Gas Industries, to essentially "rape" the State's land for its natural gas via Hydrofracking.  We must insist on a state ban or Moratorium and we must create local legal zoning controls that will help us protect ourselves.  We need to be fully aware of the risks involved to personal health and safety, the environment and the true enoconomic impacts to us personally, our area and the State. There must be scientific (peer reviewed) studies, professional unbiased economic and health impact assessments carefully conducted before hydrfacking is allowed to begin.  The current revised SGEIS is completely inadequate, biased, and lacking in regulations.  It needs to be completely revised.   Please write and call Gov. Cuomo and tell him.  Call toll free, email, or write Gov. Cuomo  Phone:  (518) 474-8390

There are hundreds of professional and scientific testimonies (by PhysiciansScholarsScientistsEconomistsEnvironmental Specialists, and more) regarding the huge number of dangers, flaws and hidden or unknown costs in the Hydrofracking process and the current SGEIS report.  I have supplied in this website lots of ways to inform yourselves about these things, including Hearing Testimonies, videos, websites, articles, etc.

I am particularly concerned about The Finger Lakes Area because my wife and I live in Canandaigua and because the the vast fresh watersheds in our area could be poisoned if hydrofracking is allowed.  Will the value of our house drop 80% because of the industrialization of our area, the pollution of the lake (and our drinking water), the pollution of the air and nearby farms and vineyards?  

Make no mistake, if hydrofracking is permitted anywhere in the State of New York we ALL will suffer for it . . .  in terms of health risks, economic burdens, pollution of all kinds, 24/7 heavy dump truck traffic ruining our roads as they carry heavy loads of toxic wastes from the many surrounding Hydrofracking drill sites.  Look at all the red marks on the map above and multiply each dot by 1000 truck loads per well, with 8 wells on each single pad!  And understand, the areas in white on the map do not disclose any of the leased land in those areas.  For example, Broome County could probably be colored solid red.

Perhaps a few individuals will benefit from gas drilling, if it happens in NY State, but at what costs to all of us and our local municipalities?  It can't said often enough, the hidden and unknown costs to this Industrial-political-corporate plague upon us will be enormous.  Click here

One hugely important but unresolved question related to the DEC report is this:  What to do with all the toxic waste water and the other waste drilling materials generated by Hydrofracking? Unimaginable amounts of fresh water will have to be used to do the toxic drilling, and a large part of that fresh water will then be made poison in the process of drilling and will have to be disposed of somehow. There's no place in the state to take it.  See six important testimonies on Hydrofracking Waste that were given in the recent Canandaigua Hearing Click Here  

Click on this true story from PA:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sits on Gov. Cuomo's Hydrofracking Advisory Panel.  He wrote an incredibly important essay about hydrofracking dated October 20, 2011:  Please be sure to  read it.  Click here    

Hydrofracking in our area is a time bomb just waiting to go off.   It seems to me we are on the brink of something akin to a war-like invasion.  It feels like we are having to fight for the right to be heard, or due process.  Are we prepared?  Can we function as a unified front to stop this monster that is coming at us?  Are we doing all that can be done to protect the Finger Lakes and ourselves and future generations?

Write and call Gov. Cuomo

If you have other information and links you'd like me to consider adding to the website please contact me at   Thank you so much.
Steven and Gloria Foster
3906 Chatham Lane
Canandaigua, NY  14424

Steven and Gloria Foster moved to Canandaigua in July, 2008.  They have two children.  One lives in Milwaukee, the other lives in Rochester, NY.
Steven Foster is a visual artist and a retired professor of fine art photography.  Please  visit his photography website click here.   In 2007  Steven began a project (which anticipated this website) entitled The Departing Landscape, a visual - poetic meditation on the dissolution of Man's relationship to the Natural World.  To see images and texts for this project click here.   Steven has also created a new series of hydrofracking photographs for this website.  Please visit The Hydrofracking Suite 
Gloria Foster is a gardener, social activist, ceramicist and retired school social worker.

Gloria first made Steven aware of the dangers of Hydrofracking.  This website reflects their shared love and concern for this beautiful land and water and its people.  

Rainbow over Canandaigua meadow,  October 14, 2011 - the morning I started this site

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Hydrofracking Suite:  four photography projects by Steven D. Foster:

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. . . a never-ending line of very large, heavy dump trucks were rolling down your street or nearby streets, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for a few years.   Imagine what this constant horrific industrial truck parade will do to our air, our roads, our peace of mind.  Imagine all the toxic wastes that will be dripping from the trucks and getting into our ground water.  Will there be accidents?  Will drivers dump their loads into streams, rivers or lakes, over the edge of a hill, just to conveniently rid themselves of a day's drive to some distant toxic waste dump site out of state where toxic wastes from Hydrofraking will begin leaking into the earth and then finding it's ways to wells, aquifers, rivers and lakes in that distant state?  Imagine not being able to sell your house because your neighbor has allowed hydrofracking on their property, or because your water well has been poisoned.  Imagine all the drilled gas wells that will be leaking toxic materials into the underground rock crevices and finding its way into your private water well, or your favorite river and then a lake.  Imagine dead fish floating in the lake; dead livestock laying in pastures from poisoned water, your pets throwing up and then dying in great misery.  Imagine an industrialized network of pipelines covering our landscape.  With those pipelines come restrictions of all kinds on what can happen near them.  Imagine, will people want to come vacation here and to fish and boat in polluted lakes?  To buy our wine?  To eat our produce? To breath our air?  Imagine your children or grandchirldren suffering from respiratory illnesses and later cancer from drinking contaminated water and eating contaminated food and breathing polluted air . . .   Imagine the costs on every level that local governments will be faced with when the hydrofrackers leave the area, leaving us with huge clean up problems, and repair or replacement costs of roads and other infrastructure, and all the health related issues that will slowly unfold.  Imagine living in a place with water that cannot be consumed and impossible to clean for future use.  Imagine your taxes going up to help pay for the hidden costs of Hydrofracking  ~  Imagine Pennsylvania has seen it all, and yet New York State wants to be the next to rush into this horrific experiment at a cost that has yet to be officially acknowledged.  Imagine us coming together in ways that can make a difference, in ways that could establish a moratorium and legal bans on Hydrofracking.  Imagine how additional scientific research could some day yield a gas drilling process that would be safe, and done responsibly, with care of the land and the people, and the ozone layer being part of that future vision.   Imagine New York State being the first sustainable energy state in the Union, with unlimited job opportunities for those who want to be part of an innovative, growing new energy industry that produces safe, efficient green alternatives.