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No More Fracking Lies! Protest

Wednesday, Nov. 12th 

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The Independent Oil & Gas Association of NY (IOGA) is the chief oil and gas lobbying organization in New York, spending millions to back fracking and natural gas development in the state and oppose environmental safe-guards. IOGA will be holding their 2014 Annual Meeting in Buffalo from November 11th to 12th.  This year the keynote speaker is Jack Hubbard who will lecture on “Big Green Radicals: Winning Public Opinion, Undermining the Activist’s Credibility and Changing the Debate.” Jack Hubbard works for a Washington D.C. law firm Berman & Co, who specializes in undermining the work of environmentalists. Their PR effort is entitled “Big Green Radicals.”  We will give them a good Buffalo greeting.  View the event on Facebook here.

Last Friday the NY Times published a secretly recorded talk given by Hubbard’s colleague, Richard Berman. Besides being anti-environment, Berman is strongly anti-union. They have also directly targeted Food & Water Watch by name.
The transcript of his talk is here: Berman Talk
The NY Times article is here.

Cosponsors: WNY Peace Center, Sierra Club Niagara Group, Western NY Drilling Defense, Food & Water Watch, and the New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition.


30 people showed up for the very chilly Wednesday 4 PM demo in front of the Hyatt hotel in downtown Buffalo. The media failed to show up having more pressing news stories to cover than the story of independent oil and gas  companies assaulting the environment, endangering human lives and the story of their support of Washington lawyers who call well-respected environmental organizations “radical”.

We stayed for an hour, several gave speeches on the evils of fracking including Rita Yelda from Food and Water Watch, Lynda Schneekloth and Bob Ciesielski from the Sierra Club-Niagara Group, John Washington representing the Local Economic Empowerment Task Force and Charley Bowman from the Renewable Energy Task Force. Both task forces are part of the WNY Peace Center located in Buffalo NY.

The most poignant speaker was a newly minted Buffalo citizen from West Virginia. She wore a sign saying “I was fracked out of my house” — and spoke about how that “eviction” occurred. She lived there for 8 years and when the frackers showed up her well — and wells of many neighbors — went bad almost simultaneously. She decided to get out and sold her house for pennies on the dollar.

We do not know if the folks at New York Independent Oil and Gas Association (NYIOGA) knew of the demo, but one person wearing a suit and claiming knowledge of hydrofracking issues — walked by and photographed some of the more photogenic demonstrators.

Many photos of the demo are posted on facebook:

Thanks to PAUSE for kick-starting the Buffalo demo.

Charley Bowman
Chair, Renewable Energy Task Force


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WNY needs Sierra Club members to put pressure on the Public Service Commission (PSC) to include the PUBLIC in the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV).  New York State is writing the rules of how electricity works and who will have access and control over renewable energy—and all of it has been behind closed doors with utility companies and industry, no community.  We want to make our voices heard.  Please use the link below to ask the Public Service Commission to SLOW the process down and actively seek community input! We know what we need and want in our community – clean, renewable energy produced in a democratic and distributed system.

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PLEASE COME!! PRESS EVENT In support of Marc Panepinto, endorsed candidate of the Sierra Club for the Senate 60th  District.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Thursday, October 30 at 2:00 Entrance to Woodlawn Beach<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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The Sierra Club Niagara Group is working with the Western New York Environmental Alliance, the Friends of Time’s Beach, Riverkeeper and Park for the 21st Century for a Green Outer Harbor without Condos. Please consider signing their petitions below and ASK ALL YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FRIENDS TO DO LIKEWISE. and

 Sierra Club Voting

Don’t forget to vote for own Sierra Club Niagara Group Executive Committee:  Check out the Trailblazer, our regional paper that you recently received, for your ballot and instructions. All members of the Sierra Club Niagara Group are eligible to vote.  If you have not received your copy or can’t find it, go here to print a copy and for information on candidates.

And…the Atlantic Chapter ballot for Executive Committee is in the  Sierra Atlantic that you should have just received in the mail, mark your ballot and return by mail before Dec. 15, 2014.  We encourage you to vote for upstate people to keep our issues on the table, especially Robert Ciesielski who lives in the Buffalo Area.

Tell the DEC to End the National Fuel Gas Storage Lease in Allegany State Park to Protect its Old Growth Forest

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The 2014 Open Space Plan for New York State Parks is open for comment until December 17.

Please consider commenting on the plan requesting that it contain a strong recommendation to end the National Fuel Gas Lease on 9000 acres of Allegany State Park.

This Gas storage lease in the heart of the park which contains much of Allegany’s old growth forest. National Fuel has advertised its intention to expand the facility.

This park’s wild forest should provide  recreation and animal habitat and not be dominated by industry.

The map below of Allegany State Park shows the extent of the National Fuel Gas Storage lease in Allegany State Park and the Old Growth forest is controls.

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Details of the plan are at: 2014 Draft Plan (PDF, 4.2 MB)

Detailed information on commenting is at:

Victory for Our Endorsed Candidates!

An immense thank you to our members who phone banked, walked door to door, wrote letters to the papers and sent out mailings for Marc Panepinto!

 “It has also been a pleasure to watch Marc come out opposing fracking, supporting the Just Transition concept and discussing the potential of renewable energy to turn our economy around and help develop a sustainable economy. Marc mentioned his Sierra Club support at his headquarters on Saturday and at his victory part last night,” Bob Ciesielski Chapter Energy Committee Chair


“I am honored to receive the Sierra Club endorsement,” said Democrat Marc Panepinto. “The Sierra Club in Western New York promotes clean environment, job generation, and economic growth from clean production. This endorsement signals my commitment to the issues and dedication to action.” “We are looking forward to working with Marc in Albany on these important environmental issues, especially those related to climate disruption. It is urgent that we move from fossil fuels, including fracking, to the free energy from the sun, wind and earth,” said Robert Ciesielski, Chair of the NYS Atlantic Chapter’s Energy Committee. “And Marc knows that we can make this energy transition while creating good jobs that build on our manufacturing and trades traditions.”



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We marched for climate justice, economic justice, social justice and peace!

UB students march to combat global climate change

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Article in UB Reporter

In September, world leaders are gathering in New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. The UN Secretary General is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we took a stand to bend the course of history. We took to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach:  a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.


When it comes to Climate Change, why do we do so little when we know so much?

 Disruption lays bare the science, the shattered political process, the industry special interests and the civic paralysis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and scientists say that we are the last generation that can do something about it.

The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the People’s Climate March, which was the largest climate rally in the history of the planet.

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