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Fracking Victory

Today the State of New York received a holiday gift!  Governor Cuomo announced that fracking will not be done in the State of New York assuring the citizens of New York that our health will not be compromised by this dirty industrial process.  As Bob Ciesielski, Energy Chair of the Atlantic Chapter and on the ExCom of the Niagara Group said, “Oh blessed day!”

Thanks to all the people who have worked so hard to bring pressure on the Governor and to keep his office informed of the studies that pointed to the negative health consequences of this process.  That includes many members of the Sierra Club statewide and in the Niagara Group.  It includes a very special thank you to Rita Yelda of Food and Water Watch and Western New York Drilling Defense, who has led the campaign in Western New York.  Thank you Rita.  And thanks to the Western New York Environmental Alliance that has carried a ban on fracking as one of their platform issues for two years, and to Push Buffalo and to so many groups and organizations.  This is our day.  Every now and then, it is good to remember that “The People are Too Big to Fail.”

 So the Governor asks, how do we create jobs without fracking?  We have the answer – MOVE TO RENEWABLES NOW – solar, wind, geothermal, small hydro!  More to come on the Renewable Campaign.

 Lynda Schneekloth, Chair, Sierra Club Niagara Group

Buffalo News article: State bans fracking, citing health and environmental concerns

Capital: Cuomo concludes fracking is too risky

New York Times: Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

NYS Department of Health Fracking Study



Rally Against Fracking and For Renewable Energy during Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address

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On January 7th in Albany, New York, it is URGENT that we send a loud message to Governor Cuomo: NOT ONE FRACKING WELL!

Governor Cuomo has announced that the state’s fracking health review, on which he has said his decision hinges, will be completed by December 31.

An overwhelming body of science shows that fracking endangers our health, water, and climate. But with the election over, Cuomo may issue a health review that was conducted in secret and open New York to fracking.

Alarmingly, the governor recently said there was science on both sides of the issue, when we know that science increasingly shows just how dangerous fracking is.

January 7 is Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, and we need every single New Yorker against fracking in Albany to tell Cuomo we will not accept even ONE WELL.

It is imperative that we pack the Capitol to call on him to reject fracking and fracking infrastructure, and lead New York in a transition to safe renewable energy.

What: Not One Well! Rally to Reject Fracking and Fracking Infrastructure, Prevent Climate Change, and Promote Renewable Energy
When: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Concourse Hallways, outside the entrance to the Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York   NOTE: THE RALLY IS INDOORS


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Help to ensure a democratic and renewable energy system!

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.

Please use this link to comment. Your voice matters!renew energy

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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 /><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 /><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.

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:


Zach, a student at SUNY Fredonia has asked us to support his campaign calling on the SUNY system to divest from fossil fuels.



Because divestment is the most effective way for our campuses to go fossil free and lead the way for sustainable energy across campuses nationwide, we call on the entire network of SUNY universities to…         Sign the Petition Here


…and a huge thank you to our generous supporters!

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Sierra Club and local unions provided broad support of The People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. Over 400,000 people attended! Locally, several unions contributed to the cause including SEIU 1199, Buffalo Teachers Federation and Public Employees Federation (PEF) Region 1. A special thanks to the United Healthcare Workers East, SEIU 1199, for their generous contribution of $2500 to provide bus transportation and scholarships to students for the round trip between Buffalo and NYC. Above, SEIU Vice President Todd Hobler (center) is presenting the check to Larry Snider, Treasurer of the Sierra Club Niagara Group while Chair Lynda Schneekloth looks on. THANK YOU 1199!!


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

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. See more about the People’s Climate March and our participation here.

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!


“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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