Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ban Fracking in NY: A Statewide Conference

Binghamton, NY; April 16, 2011

The Ban Fracking in NY conference drew activists from throughout NY State and elsewhere for a day-long exposition of strategies and sharing of energies. The focus was squarely on rejecting half measures, and insisting that the goal of anti-frackers should be a complete and total ban on fracking in NY State.

Sponsor: CDOG

In Part One:

Carl Arnold: Opening Remarks

Attorney Mary Jo Long: What Are Lawyers For?

Ben Price: We Don't Have a Fracking Problem, We Have a Democracy Problem

Related Link: CELDF

Rachel Treichler: Water Law

With an afterward by Jack Ossont of The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes and The Coalition to Protect New York.

Attorney Mary Jo Long: Powers of Local Governments & the "Takings" Threat

See the Google Doc: Ban Actions and the "Takings" Bogeyman

Mike Bernhard and Ben Price make short presentations on the inherent dangers of regulationism, and specifically the danger of expecting one or more governmental agencies to protect us from the the adverse effects of fracking.


In Part Two:

Adrian Kuzminski of Sustainable Otsego, and Carl Arnold of CDOG: Statewide Ban: Legislative & Executive Action.

Adrian Kuzminski of Sustainable Otsego, and Ben Price of CELDF: One Ban at a Time? - Counties, Towns, Villages.

Howie Hawkins: Public Power - Why Philly Could Choose

See video of Jannette Barth's presentation: Gas Drilling - The Economic Impact on Communities.

Read her Google Doc on the same subject.

Related Link: American Public Power Association

Kevin Bunger: Organizing Faith Groups

Related Link: Coalition to Protect New York

Larry Bennett of Ommegang Brewery, and Art Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards discuss Organizing Businesses.

Mike Bernhard: Outreach to Leaseholders & Prospective Leaseholders

Laura Sheinkopf, LuAnne Kozma, & Sherry Fleming: Interstate, Inter-Issue, Upstate/Downstate Organizing

Related Links: Neogap; Safe Water Movement


In Part Three:

Rachel Treichler: Electoral Action - Navigating NYS Election Law

Ken Jaffe: Electoral Action - Independent Campaigns

Gloria Mattera: Electoral Action - Party Campaigns

Laurie Spaeth: Reframing

Lindsay Speer: Using Twitter

Outreach - Organizing Resistance

Michael Dineen: Petition Drives

With further outreach commentary by Jan Quarles, Art Hunt, Julie Huntsman, Jack Ossont, and

Keywords: Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

Friday, April 1, 2011

Cornell 2011 Energy Conference: Keynote Address


Introduction by Ben Tettlebaum, Environmental Law Society President
Keynote Address by Susan Christopherson, J. Thomas Clark Professor, City & Regional Planning

Keywords: Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

Cornell 2011 Energy Conference: Energy Security, Sustainability & Environmental Law


Cornell 2011 Energy Conference

Achieving energy independence is a primary goal at all levels of government. But the meaning of energy independence and what that independence looks like vary widely. The United States is clearly in need of a national energy policy that also promotes sustainability. For natural gas to capture more of the market, our energy infrastructure would require change. A distributed energy system with a focus on renewable energy at the local level poses an alternative to fossil fuels. Would the de-centralization of energy production provide greater security? How could the various options map onto plans for a smart grid? And how do existing federal environmental laws play into the quest for sustainability? This opening panel will explore these questions and the critical role that the law must take in attaining energy security that is also sustainable.


Mark Milstein, Director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise & Senior Lecturer of Management and Organizations, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University


Richard Allmendinger, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering & Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University

William Boyd, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado at Boulder; Fellow, Renewable And Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)

Jeffrey Bossert Clark, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice

Wesley D. Sine, J. Thomas Clark Professor in Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise & Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University

Jefferson W. Tester, David Croll Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Director of the Energy Initiative, College of Engineering; Associate Director, Energy Programs, David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University

Keywords: Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling