Sustainable Tompkins Takes Aim at Drilling in the Marcellus Shale

Ithaca Journal (Nov 18):
Sustainable Tompkins awards mini-grants

People in the Ithaca, NY area should know that a local organization calling itself Sustainable Tompkins ( is helping to fund anti-drilling causes. They recently made a small grant of $370 to Shaleshock Citizens Action Alliance ( to “produce newsletters reporting on industrial gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale and its effects on the Finger Lakes region.” That is, to fund the false and misleading propaganda that Shaleshock excretes. Unfortunately, New York State taxpayer money is one of the funding sources for Sustainable Tompkins. As a taxpayer in New York, I OBJECT. When will our politicians wise up and quit wasting money on these leftist organizations? Shame on Assemblywoman Lifton for securing funding for Sustainable Tompkins as a “member item” in the (soon to be bankrupt) New York State budget.