Monday, September 20, 2010

Important meeting about energy, Rochester, and our water:

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: WHAT IS IT AND WHY SHOULD ROCHESTER CARE?  

Rochester, NY - - A public forum about the Marcellus Shale and how gas drilling impacts us will take place Tuesday, September 21, 2010, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Brighton Town Hall Auditorium (2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618). Admission is free.  

The panel of scientists and a family who is living through the nightmare right now in Dimock, PA, just south of Binghamton, aims to give the audience a balanced and truthful viewpoint of what will happen in New York state once drilling permits are granted to the gas companies.  

Dr Richard Young (presenter), SUNY Geneseo faculty member for 43 years, has spent most of his career investigating how the Grand Canyon was formed, He is among several geologists featured in the Season 2 premiere of the History Channel's "How The Earth Was Made" series. He was also featured in National Geographic's "Naked Science" series on PBS.  

Dr. William "Bill” Podulka (presenter) is a physicist with a lifelong interest in energy and environmental issues. In 2009, after learning about the impending gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, he and his wife researched information on many different aspects of the gas drilling issue and created TCgasmap.org. He is chair of ROUSE (Residents Opposing Unsafe Shale-Gas Extraction), a grass-roots group in Tompkins County seeking to educate the public about gas drilling issues and working to protect residents from harm.  

Craig and Julie Sautner (presenters) are coping with the results of gas drilling in and around their property in northeastern Pennsylvania. The family lost their clean water source just one month after hydro-fracking gas drilling began. The Sautners are traveling to Rochester to voice their concerns about hydro-fracking and mobilize New Yorkers into action to protect their watersheds.  

Jack Ossont (moderator) is a member of the Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes based in Yates County. After a stint as a Naval aviator during the Viet Nam era, Jack has worked tirelessly for over 30 years in community service including serving as a drug counselor, as a Yates County Legislator and as Director of Keuka Housing Council on affordable housing issues. He received the 20th Anniversary Environmental Leadership award from the NYS Citizen’s Environmental Coalition.  

This forum is organized and produced by two concerned Rochester residents, Anna Sears and Nedra Harvey.  

Media, please note: interviews may be arranged.

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