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Groton Public Library presents THE REAL COST OF FRACKING

This Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7:00pm, the Groton Public Library will host a public discussion with the authors of the new book, “The Real Cost of Fracking”.  The authors, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, have written extensively on the health impacts of fracking on farm animals and the environment.  Michelle Bamberger is a veterinarian and the author of two books on the health and safety of domestic animals. Robert Oswald is a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell and a recipient of the Fulbright & Guggenheim fellowships.  Their book has received rave reviews, such as “This work should be a wake-up call to concerned citizens and policy makers alike” (Publishers Weekly, June 23, 2014).  You can find more information about the book here.

 As you know, Groton is the only municipality in Tompkins County to refuse to take action on a fracking moratorium or ban.   With Cuomo’s promise to decide on allowing fracking in New York after November, time is running short to convince the town board to establish a moratorium or ban before the state makes its decision.  Local bans on fracking have now been established as legal by the state’s highest courts.

The Groton town board members have been invited to this event and it would be good for them to see a large turnout of concerned constituents.  Also, Michelle and Robert are engaging and friendly and we can learn quite a bit from them.

We hope to see you there!

The Groton Public Library presents THE REAL COST OF FRACKING

Public hearing on a fracking moratorium April 8 at 7:30pm

The Groton town board will hold a public hearing and a vote on a six-month fracking moratorium.  The meeting will take place on April 8 at 7:30pm at the town offices, 101 Conger Blvd.

Come to the public hearing and let the town board know what you think!

You may feel that we have been down this road before and it seems kind of silly to be standing in front of the town board yet again, telling them how fracking poses a serious threat to public health, safety, infrastructure, and a peaceful way of life.   There are two things to keep in mind:

1.  The town board has changed for the better.  In the last election, a pro-fracking member, Don Scheffler, was replaced by Kelly Smith, who re-introduced the fracking moratorium.  We now have a real chance at getting a moratorium passed.

2.  As time passes, more and more evidence is gathered showing that hydraulic fracturing is  dangerous to public heath and safety.  See this summary for a quick overview of some recent studies.  As more communities experience large-scale gas drilling in their backyards, they are finding that the industry messages about safe gas drilling are misleading and false, and even the people who initially welcomed fracking are very unhappy with the negative impacts on their lives and property values.  As a result, more and more moratoria and bans are being put into place, including in major cities.  We need to communicate these new and ongoing impacts to the town board members at the public hearing.

Based on their past comments, several town board members rely on attendance at public hearings and meetings as an indicator of public interest in issues.  If you want the board to take a moratorium seriously, you need to be at the meeting!

For a quick overview on the Groton town board’s actions (and inaction) concerning a fracking moratorium, see the timeline.

Join GRAC in the Groton Olde Home Days parade on Saturday, August 17!

GRAC will have a float in the Groton Olde Home Days parade!  You’ll know our float when you see it. 🙂  Join us in the parade and add your voice to the growing number of residents who demand that the town board take action to pass a moratorium or ban on hydrofracking in Groton!

The parade will line up at 5pm on Saturday, August 17 on Route 222.  We are towards the back of the parade.  Come by our table in front of Bun Appetit on Saturday for more information.

Lawn signs are here!

Our new lawn signs just arrived! They look great!
dont frack groton cow
Please contact us to get a lawn sign.  We are asking for a $5.00 donation to help defray the cost of the signs if you have not already donated money to get he signs printed.  Thanks to those who have already helped us out!