Welcome to the Shaleshock Action Alliance donation page. Your support helps us keep up the good fight to protect our communities and environment from exploitative drilling. Please contact us if you have any questions about how to get involved or would like information about regional organizations.
We are proud to be part of a strong and growing local and statewide coalition that works together to make our messages loud and clear. In 2012, our movement showed its greatest strength so far, illustrated in the beautiful pictures below. As a supporter of Shaleshock, you may have participated in some of the amazing events yourself. Yet, we are still sitting on a dangerous cliff, unsure what Governor Cuomo’s decision will be. More on that point later, but let’s start with the good news.
How did Shaleshock contribute to keeping drilling out of NY this year? Some of the ways include:
• Organizing two big direct actions aimed at the gas industry in the Southern Tier. Over 150 activists surprised Talisman Energy’s Big Flats headquarters with a noisy, up-beat rally in June. In August,150 sat down at Schlumberger’s chemical depot in Horseheads, keeping the main gate closed to traffic for over 5 hours. Twenty were prepared to be arrested if necessary.
• Producing and posting over 250 documentary videos by ShaleshockMedia. We continue to expand our educational outreach by recording events from Pennsylvania and all over NY to show viewers everywhere the latest action in our corner of the global anti-fracking movement.
• Arranging for chartered buses from Ithaca and Binghamton to Albany, we ensured that hundreds of people of all ages could meet with elected officials and speak out. In August, 1500 demonstrators filled the streets under the banner of “Don’t Frack NY”; Tompkins and surrounding counties were well represented, encouraged by Shaleshock organizers who were part of the statewide planning team.
• Reaching thousands with high quality resources and research through our popular website, e-mail listserve, educational forums, information display tables, and free videos and pamphlets.
Along with other groups, last December we were helping people to write comments to the NY DEC on the sGEIS. Even we were impressed when the count was finally in. About 80,000 letters and e-mails were sent from around the state, 10 to 1 against drilling according to Gannett’s Albany Bureau. This month we are writing about the proposed Regulations, looking to duplicate those figures with only a 30-day feedback window.
In spite of all we have done in the past year, challenges we face in 2013 may well be the biggest ever. We hear, “People are tired of the fracking argument in Albany, and NY should just get on with it. Enough with the delays.” Over 4000 pages of revised SGIES guidelines for shale drilling are predicted to be released at the end of February, with a quick decision and law suits likely to follow. At this point, it looks like permits for drilling may be given without studies of health impacts or cumulative economic and environmental impacts. We cannot let this happen.
And even if drilling permits are put off, all over NY state, we’re seeing negative impacts from new gas infrastructure, such as big pipelines and compressor stations through the Southern Tier and Catskills, sending more gas to NY and Boston. The toxic waste disposal from Pennsylvania drilling comes into landfills in NY, along with air pollution and possible water pollution from north-flowing rivers. And plans for liquid gas storage in Watkins Glen is proceeding. We have plenty to do!
Your generous donations have carried us this far. As volunteers, we gladly donate our time, but we need your help with funds to rent our little office above Autumn Leaves, pay for video production supplies and expenses, print brochures and handouts, put on educational events. Please, contribute what you can to this exciting movement. No donation is too small. (While we are a non-profit community organization, Shaleshock is not a federally tax-deductible organization.)
The fight to protect our water, air and communities continues. If we work together, we can stop the dirty, polluting extraction methods of fossil fuels and move toward the future of clean, renewable energy on which our lives depend.
Best wishes for a joyful holiday season,
From Ryan, Lisa, Laurie, Hilary A., David, Margaret, Hilary L., Sara, Sam, Eliza, and many more!
p.s. Photo credits go to Eliza Sherpa, and the archives at 350.org and FrackAction of Don’t Frack NY
Shaleshock Action Alliance
115 E. Martin Luther King St, Ithaca, NY 14850
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