Friday, December 24, 2010

Recycle Holiday Lighting

Here are two options for sending your old holiday lights for recycling, whether working or broken. (Do not place lights in your NYC recycling bin.)

The proceeds from recycling used holiday lights sent to Christmas light source are used to donate books to Toys for Tots.

Holiday lights can be sent to in exchange for a coupon for new energy efficient LED holiday lights during their seasonal holiday light recycling program.

For more tips on responsible ways to get rid of stuff in NYC, visit NYC Waste Less.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Plastic Bag Folding Technique #1

I thought my own method of compressing and storing plastic bags for reuse was good, but seeing this one-minute video made me realize I'm just an amateur. Thanks to this anonymous plastic-bag-folding guy, storing plastic bags, even carrying them in a jacket pocket, has never been easier.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fracking in Delaware River Basin Will Affect NYC

Governor Paterson's ordering a delay of horizontal hydrofracking in New York State was good news indeed.   Unfortunately, the threat of fracking, this time in the Delaware River Basin, still hangs over New York.

On December 9, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) published notice of proposed regulations that would allow hydrofracking in the Delaware River Basin. The DRBC is the federal/interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within an approximately 13,000 square miles Delaware River Basin. This watershed provides drinking water to up to 17 million people living in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey
and New York.

By permitting fracking, the DRBC's proposed regulations would pave the way for "this toxic and dangerous gas drilling process to begin in this incredibly sensitive watershed. DRBC issued its draft drilling regulations despite an overwhelming opposition from the public including letters from Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg and New York Congressman Hinchey requesting that draft regulations not be released until a planned cumulative impact study and the EPA study can be completed. This is of major concern to New Yorkers because sections of the Delaware River Basin are part of the New York City Watershed. Hydraulic fracturing could start in the Delaware River Basin regardless of what we may achieve working with the New York State government," says United for Action.

The DRBC's 90-day public comment period will end on March 16, 2011.  For more information on the proposal and to submit comments, see  the DRBC website.

photo of Delaware River by Steve Guttman NYC on flickr

Monday, December 13, 2010

So You Think You're Green . . .

The greenest of all, when it comes to Christmas trees, just may be 85 year old Jean Eadie of Scotland who has been using the same tree since 1928! This certainly takes the concept of reusable to a new level. In Jean's words, "Everybody buys things and chucks them away, which they shouldn't do."
Read more about Jean and her Christmas tree in Treehugger.

Graphic courtesy of

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Monday, Dec. 13 Press Conference

MONDAY DEC. 13th, 12 noon
NYC Office of Gov Paterson
633 Third Avenue @ 41st Street

Join Mark Ruffalo, members of the NY State Senate and residents of Dimock, PA to demand that the moratorium include vertical wells!

On Saturday, Governor Paterson vetoed the moratorium that tens of thousands of people fought for months to pass. Instead of signing the bill into law, Paterson issued an Executive Order that prohibits horizontal hydraulic fracturing for seven months but allows vertical fracking (which has already started) to continue.

Let's not underestimate it: NY is the first state to issue any kind of timeout on hydro-fracking, but Paterson's order is NOT GOOD ENOUGH. Vertical hydraulic fracturing presents a real threat to people across New York—just ask the residents of Dimock, PA, where contamination was caused by vertical fracking.

And now that the industry has been prohibited from drilling horizontal wells for the next seven months, gas companies plan to cover New York state in vertical wells! The devastation could be just as bad—if not worse—than what horizontal drilling would cause.

Tomorrow we're going to demand answers from Governor Paterson! Join us at the Governor's NYC office at 12 noon Monday December 13th. Mark Ruffalo, NY State Senator Liz Krueger, and Craig and Julie Sautner of Dimock, PA will be there to tell the Governor to close the "Paterson Loophole" for vertical wells NOW.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Governor Signs Exec. Order to Delay Fracking

ALBANY, NY (12/11/2010)(readMedia)-- Governor David A. Paterson has issued an Executive Order directing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct further comprehensive review and analysis of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale. The Executive Order requires that, if approved, high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing would not be permitted until July 1, 2011, at the earliest. This should allay any fears that high-volume hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling under study by DEC will commence without assurances of safety. Read more about this.

This is a victory, but the fight isn't over yet. We have been assured no drilling will take place before July, 2011 at the earliest, but we would like to be assured no drilling will take place at any point in the future.

The Governor, who has been a supporter of hydrofracking, has been influenced by public pressure and scientific evidence of the dire public health effects of this kind of drilling, at least for now. You have all made a difference.

Please sign, and urge others to sign, the petition to pemamently halt hydraulic fracture drilling in New York State.

Monday, December 06, 2010

What the Frack !@# : New article/interview

Have a look at committee member Ilyana's article on page 5 of the December 2 issue of the Linewaiters' Gazette. She interviewed Catskill Mountkeeper's Ramsey Adams about how the hydrofracking situation affects Park Slope Food Coop members. Ramsey answers questions about this as well as what coop members can do to avert disaster.

Friday, December 03, 2010

December Film Series

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

St. Bartholomew's Church
Park Ave. & 50th St., Manhattan
  • Dec 1- Introduction to GASLAND, the award winning documentary by Josh Fox about the threat to NY's water, land and air if hydrofracking is allowed to proceed when the moritorium on drilling for natural gas ends. Buck Moorhead will introduce the film and lead the discussion in the chapel.

  • Dec 8 - The Environmental film SPLIT ESTATE shows how the natural gas companies have superseded home owners' rights to safeguard their privately owned land from gas drillings. Discussion will be led by parishioner Joy Garland, environmental advocate and educator in the chapel.

  • Dec 15 - This last of the Water series, SEA CHANGE takes an ocean loving grandfather on a mission to discover why the fish are vanishing as he introduces his grandson Elias to the wonders and beauty of Ocean life. Dr. Marian Ronan will introduce the film and lead the discussion in the chapel.
All are invited.
Call Joy Garland at 212-673-6732 for more information.