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Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's Thursday Again

Uke Jackson on resophonic ukulele and vox
Pete Reichlin on Tuba and tromboe
Paul Kendall on clarinet and bass clarinet

Some bug knocked Johnny Peppers for a loop. He will be returning to the bandstand once he's well again. Meanwhile, take this opportunity to hear the lovely clarinet playing of our long time friend and sometimes band mate Paul Kendall.

Monday, January 21, 2013

From the Delaware Riverkeeper -- Stop Shale Gas Exports!

Export Shale Gas — Without Even Considering the Devastation Inflicted by Shale Gas Development
Don't Let the Department of Energy Get Away With It.

Send Your Letter Today.

The Department of Energy has released a report it claims considers the economic ramifications of exporting natural gas, including shale gas, to other countries.   It is seeking public comment on the report.

Upon review one quickly sees that the DOE has commissioned a very limited analysis that fails to paint atrue picture of the economic ramifications of increasing exports.  The report fails totally to consider the community and environmental harms, and resulting economic harms, that will result from the increase in shale gas development that LNG exports will incite. 

Please, send your comments to the Department of Energy today, and let them know that if they are going to consider increased exports then they need to look at the entire picture, including all of the harms that will be brought by increased shale gas development, and the lost opportunity of failing to invest in energy efficiency and truly sustainable energy sources.

For helping making the right points go to our urgent action page:

Deadline is Thursday the 24th.

Maya K. van Rossum
the Delaware Riverkeeper

Thursday, January 17, 2013


While those of us who live in New York were scrambling to meet the state’s deadline for commenting on proposed fracking regulations, another deadline is fast approaching – one that could affect every American, no matter where they live. January 24th is the last day to submit comments on a deeply flawed economic study that the Obama Administration will use to decide whether or not to permit gas corporations to export liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The consequences of this decision could have a major impact - if the gas industry can’t export gas overseas, it will, at least in the short term, have to scale back fracking because it’s already producing more shale gas than the U.S. market can readily absorb. On the other hand, if the industry is allowed to ship shale gas to countries where natural gas is four or five times more expensive than it is here at home, then the financial incentive to frack every square of inch America will be tremendous. Unfortunately it appears that the Obama Administration isn’t even considering the environmental and health impacts of fracking as it formulates export policy.

Tell the U.S. Department of Energy to reject the flawed economic study.Take Action!

Tell the Obama Administration it must not permit fracked gas to be sold to foreign countries.Take Action!


Governor Cuomo hasn’t leveled with New Yorkers, so no one can predict exactly when or where high-volume hydraulic fracturing may be introduced in the state. One thing is already clear: politically powerful constituencies like New York City will be given a measure of protection that won’t be extended to rural communities. Last summer the Cuomo administration leaked a plan to let the gas industry “frack” five Southern Tier counties while temporarily keeping other areas of the state off-limits. Now those five counties - Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga - are in the industry’s crosshairs.
Next week Catskill Citizens will begin mailing an informational brochure to over 190,000 households in these five target counties. It poses the question “Are you ready to be part of Governor Cuomo’s experiment?” The brochure describes industry exemptions from key environmental laws that can lead to drinking water contamination, and points out that individual property rights are no match for powerful gas drilling corporations.

Is your organization signed onto the American Clean Energy Agenda?
Contact for more information.

Please share this Update link, cut and paste to Facebook and Twitter: 
For more information email or call (845) 468 7063

Two out of three people who find out about fracking think the risks aren't worth the rewards.
Public awareness is the key to our success, so spread the word!

Monday, January 7, 2013


Come rally at Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address, Albany, Jan. 9!
Tell him “Don’t Frack New York!”
Get your Comments on draft NY Fracking Rules in – deadline Jan. 11!

  • What: Rally to Stop Fracking in NY at the State of the State Address
  • When: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
  • Time: 11AM – 3PM
  • Where: Empire State Plaza – Concourse near the entrance to The Egg, Albany, NY

From NYC (Stopping in New Paltz):
From Binghamton:   
From Ithaca, Caroline and Whitney Point:
From Syracuse:
Sign up for the bus from Rochester:
Sign up for the bus from Buffalo:

Capital District - Daniel Morrissey at
Hudson Valley - Forest Cotten at or Kathy Nolan at
Westchester - Betta Broad at
New York City - David Braun at, Corinne Rosen at
Long Island - Eric Weltman at
Southern Tier - Isaac Silberman-Gorn at
Central New York- Syracuse Jessica Azulay at and/or Ursula Rozum at
Finger Lakes- Ithaca Sara Hess at
Rochester - Zora Gussow at
Buffalo - Rita Yelda at

To sign up for the rally:
Please submit your comments NOW on the proposed New York State fracking regulations; deadline is close of business Friday, January 11.
There’s lots of good ways to do this including Sandra Steingraber’s terrific and simple link:
To get details about the draft rules and find out the why’s and how’s go to:

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Make 2013 a Live Music Year!

The Bookstore Speakeasy is a 1920s theme nightclub and restaurant. They offer a splendid menu of tasty dishes artfully prepared to order, and all sorts of exotic and traditional cocktails, as well asan impressive selection of beers. The staff are helpful and friendly. The crowds arew amiable and fun. And the music -- well, come some Thursday and judge for yourself. There is a $2 (two bux) music charge. We're there as a trio every Thursday night until further notice, 9pm - 1 am.

Happy New Year!