MDN received the following invitation for readers that live within driving distance of Binghamton, NY to a forum discussing water issues in shale gas drilling, on Wednesday, Nov. 9th:
You and members of your organizations are invited to participate in an "all points of view" forum on water and energy development offered by the Dryden Safe Energy Coalition (DSEC). The forum will be held from 7-9 PM, on Wednesday, November 9, at the Holiday Inn Downtown Binghamton, 2-8 Hawley Street. This forum is open to the public and there is no charge. A copy of the press release that went out today is below.
If you or members of your group are planning to attend, so we can plan, we’d appreciate getting an email with numbers of people, names, and their contact information.
This is a re-offering of a similar forum we put in place on September 7, when our forum on water and energy was washed out by Hurricane Irene and too much water. We would like to have a good turnout from landowners, farm groups, and the industry.
Dryden Safe Energy Coalition (DSEC)
Forum on “Water and Energy Development”
For release at 6:00 P.M., November 2, 2011.
As the Department of Environmental Conservation moves closer to approving gas drilling in New York, the Dryden Safe Energy Coalition (DSEC) announced today that it will be holding the second in its series of education meetings on energy development.
DSEC’s second regional forum is on “Water and Energy Development,” and will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M., at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 2-8 Hawley Street, in Binghamton. This will be an “all views” forum with a speaker critical about water issues in development, a neutral speaker, and a speaker from the energy industry, each of whom will have equal time. The conference is free and open to all interested persons but DSEC does request that those wishing to attend give advance notice if possible by email to [email protected].
The forum will feature presentations by Sharon Anderson, Cornell Marcellus Shale Team; Greg Schutt, Tompkins County Soil and Water District Director; and Mike Atchie, Public Affairs Specialist, Chesapeake Energy.
DSEC co-founder Henry Kramer said, “We believe the public is thirsty for facts, data, and for information that is not presented in a one sided way.”
The first forum, legal issues in energy development, held in Binghamton, August 22, was by invitation and attended by about sixty people from landowners coalitions, industry associations, industry and farm bureau representatives.
DSEC is dedicated to the “middle way” in terms of energy development and seeks to find a way to bring safe, regulated development to New York, to promote the economy and jobs while preserving safety, protecting the environment, and minimizing risk. DSEC’s public forums are an important part of giving the public places to learn the facts without being political rallies for one side or the other. Persons with questions should contact Henry Kramer at (607) 275-3653 or e-mailing [email protected]