How You Can Help Stop Hydrofracking

Here's 10 ideas about how you can make even more of a difference. Two of them are starred (*«*) because we need everyone to do them! The others involve varying time commitments – see what fits your life and skills.

Blank copies of the petitions can be picked up from Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation at the Syracuse Peace Council offices @ 2013 E. Genesee Street in Syracuse. Ask your neighbors, coworkers, and relatives to sign it! Signed petitions can be returned to SPC as well. We need help entering data. A few people for a couple hours a week would help us keep up with Tara, who keeps bringing in signatures by the hundreds. (Go Tara!)

Write the Governor *«*
Physical letters – sent through the U.S. Mail (yes, people still do this) – make the most impact with the Governor. Particularly handwritten ones. Tell him that you want a statewide ban on hydrofracking.

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Comment on the SGEIS & Regulations *«*

If the Governor does not ban hydrofracking statewide, these rules will help protect us. They need to be as strong as possible. The SGEIS Comment Wiki is a resource, as well as the SGEIS comment videos from Shaleshock Media. The Official SGEIS and proposed regulations can be found on the DEC website.

Comments should be submitted through the DEC’s web-based form or by mail by January 11, 2012:

Attn: dSGEIS Comments
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-6510

Get involved with ShaleshockCNY
ShaleshockCNY is where we can all come together to discuss what’s happening – landowners, groups, concerned citizens, and experienced activists.

ShaleshockCNY meetings: 1st Wednesdays @ 6 PM. Many thanks to the Onondaga Nation who have graciously given us a meeting space in the Elders’ Room at the Onondaga Nation Arena on Route 11, south of Nedrow. It is easily accessible off of I-81.

You can also join the discussion listserv.

Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) has a regular tabling setup at many local events. A major portion of our display is information on hydrofracking and the ban petition, as well as distributing No Frack yard signs, pins, and bumperstickers. We need more people to help staff it. In particular, we would like to be able to table at the Regional Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Oct. 22nd. Could you help, now or in the future, or think of other places we should be? Contact Jack Ramsden.

Lease Termination Workshops
Joseph Heath, Esq. helped Cortland County landowner Mike Bosetti terminate his gas lease. They are sharing what they learned from the process with other landowners in “Lease Termination Workshops”. If you would like to host a workshop in your town, contact Lindsay Speer.

Town Bans & Regulations
Towns have the ability to limit hydrofracking within their borders through zoning and road use laws, and many are doing so when pushed by their citizens. Has your town? Gas Drilling Awareness of Cortland County (GDACC) has compiled a wonderful library of resources to do so, including a resource sheet for citizen activists. Many within ShaleshockCNY have experience with their local towns, so come to a meeting for support!

Become an organizer!
There are many projects that would be wonderful to do, if people would volunteer to organize them:
· Getting businesses to add themselves to a sign-on letter for a ban
· Fundraising
· Organize field trips to see the devastation caused by hydrofracking in PA
· Organize citizen lobby visits
· Connect better with campus groups
· Distribute NOON's hydrofracking primer in your town or neighborhood (copies available in our office)
· Organize your friends, coworkers, faith community, neighborhood to attend the public hearing in Binghamton on Thursday, November 17

Got video skillz?
Shaleshock Media needs videographers to capture local events, protests, etc. Visit their site for more information, and let us know you’re available!

Every movement needs money. We’re up against corporations with very deep pockets who can afford to buy full-page ads in the newspaper on a regular basis. Funds can help us get more yard signs out there, bring in expert speakers, fund the postage for mailings, and maybe even consider paid media like Facebook or Google ads, or NPR sponsorship.