Fracking – There is a Viable Alternative But First We Need to Stop It


Mark Z. Jacobson, director of Stanford’s Atmosphere/Energy Program mesmerized hundreds of Mountainkeeper supporters at last Saturday’s Barnfest with a doable plan to forgo fossil fuels and convert the globe to sustainable renewable energy by 2030.
Based on the findings of the research he did with Mark A. Delucchi, UC-Davis researcher, he said, “there are no technological or economic barriers to converting the entire world to clean, renewable energy sources. It is a question of whether we have the societal and political will.”
Jacobson’s message is that we can do renewables now. We don’t have to wait. They are efficient, economically feasible and will ultimately cost us no more than what we are currently paying.
The plan proposes a world run largely on electricity with wind and solar power contributing 90% of all needed energy and the balance of energy supplied by geothermal, hydroelectric, wave and tidal power. It would be paid for by a 30 percent reduction in world energy demand by converting combustion processes to less expensive electrical or hydrogen fuel cell processes, plus a huge savings from reducing the human death toll due to air pollution, thus make the costs of the plan relatively similar to what we pay today.
The biggest challenges that face the large-scale implementation of renewable energy are the variability of wind and solar, the specialized elements needed to build turbines, solar collectors and other equipment and the footprint of the wind turbines and solar devices. But Jacobson said that all of these hurdles can be overcome.
Of course, Jacobson admitted the changeover to renewable energy would involve a large scale transformation and “would require an effort comparable to the Apollo moon project or constructing the interstate highway system.” But he left us with hope that there is a way forward without even having to go to new technologies. For more detailed information on Mark Z. Jacobson’s work, click here.

But our first order of business is to convince our government officials that natural gas is a bridge fuel to nowhere and there is no reason not to move aggressively to renewables right now. Please join us to send this message at the Stop the Frack Attack Rally on July 28, 2012 at the U.S. Capital in Washington, D.C., where people from all over the country will gather to tell Congress, the President and the world to end the rush to drill and STOP THE FRACK ATTACK.  We are pleased to announce that the following 14 people have been chosen to speak at the Stop the Frack Attack Rally! They are a group of impacted community members and environmental activists who are on the front lines of this nationally important issue. 

1.) Bill McKibben (
2.) Allison Chin (Sierra Club)
3.) Josh Fox (Gasland)
4.) Calvin Tillman (Former Mayor of Dish, Texas)
5.) Laura Amos (Affected Community Member, CO)
6.) John Fenton (Affected Community Member, WY)
7.) Kari Matsko (Affected Community Member, OH)
8.) Dayne Pratzky (Aka,”Frackman”, Australia)
9.) Lori New Breast (Affected Community Member, MT)
11.) Mike Tidwell (CCAN)
12.) Jameson Lisak and Kelly Humphreys ( Affected Youth from PA and WV)
13.) Dr Catherine Thomasson (Physicians for Social Responsibility )
14.)  Doug Shields (former member of the Pittsburgh City Council)

Catskill Mountainkeeper is sponsoring a bus to the rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, July 28th — click here to register for the bus

Departs:  Liberty Elks Lodge Parking Lot at 6:00am

Returns:  Liberty Elks Lodge Parking Lot at 12:00am (midnight)***
Visit the website for more information.


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or send a check to: Catskill Mountainkeeper, Box 381 Youngsville, NY 12791
Copyright 2012 Catskill Mountainkeeper, P.O. Box 381, Youngsville, New York, 12791. Catskill Mountainkeeper is a non-profit 501(c)(3) grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the unique and irreplaceable Catskill Region of New York State.


Keeping Current with Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources


Learn how DEC protects and enhances New York State’s wild natural resources by reading the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Monthly Highlights. In the latest issue, you will learn about banding peregrine falcons and satellite tracking, an analysis of popular game fish populations having catch-and-release only regulations, a reintroduction of native deepwater cisco species into Lake Ontario, protection of aquatic resources at power plants, waterfowl population estimates in the Atlantic Flyway and much more! To see the latest issue and previous issues, visit the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources Monthly Highlights ( webpage.




Three Time Academy Award Nominated Actress and Catskills Champion
Debra Winger

and Mountainkeeper Executive Director

Ramsay Adams

Admission to Barnfest is FREE.  There will be an art auction, penny social as well as a vintage clothing collection.  And of course Catskill food for purchase and fun activities for the whole family.

…and an important keynote by world renowned  Stanford University Professor


whose pioneering research has helped us to understand better severe atmospheric problems, such as air pollution and global warming, and develop and analyze large-scale clean energy solutions to them.

…and live music provided by The RADDYOS

Please RSVP BY July 12th

click here to RSVP

see a map/directions

And on Sunday July 15th join us for the Happy Feat 5K Trail Run/Walk Obstacle Course

Hills…Hurdles…Forests…Meadows…Hay Bale Climbing…Physical Challenges…Water Slide…Music…Food…Happiness and so much more!
click here for more information

The Beaverkill Valley Store is one of the area’s hidden gems.  And on Saturday July 21st be sure to stop by the great old country store for a Local Food and Craft Fair.

From 10am to 2pm at 1517 Beaverill Road, Lew Beach, NY 12758
click here for more details

Neversink Farm Presents an Afternoon Supper to Benefit Catskill Mountainkeeper


Come join Catskill Mountainkeeper for an incredible intimate afternoon supper at Neversink Farm in Claryville, NY.  Tour the farm while sampling cuisine and non-alcoholic beverages sourced from the Catskills – all beautifully prepared by Chef Patrick Connolly.  There will be food stations by the river, the cut flower field, the barn, the pasture, and the vegetable field.  For the kids there will be friendly chickens and donkeys to pet.  The afternoon’s event is sponsored by Main St. Farm and will feature food and beverages that have been sourced from some of our region’s finest producers.  All proceeds go to support the Agricultural Program of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

Time: Saturday June 30th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Place: Neversink Farm in Claryville, NY.

Get your tickets today! Due to a limited capacity, we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

For a mouthwatering description of the event’s inspired food preparation, and to purchase tickets, click here.

For more information, and for directions to Neversink Farm, click here.

Rare Freshwater Mussel Found in Monroe County


A rare rainbow mussel (Villosa iris), listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New York State, was recently found in Moorman Creek, Monroe County. A YouTube video ( captures this mussel as it displays its lure to mimic a crayfish and attract a hungry fish. When the mussel feels a fish trying to take a bite, it releases numerous young mussels named “glochidia” that attach to the fish’s gills or fins. The unsuspecting fish provides food and aeration for the young mussels and a ride to a new home. Once the mussels metamorphose into juveniles, they drop off the fish and burrow into the stream bottom, and the fish swims away unharmed.


Watch a YouTube video ( of this rare rainbow mussel as it expertly mimics a crayfish.

Doctor’s Orders: Join Call to Action for Health Impact Assessment on Fracking on Wednesday, May 30

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Doctor's Orders image - Giles Ashford/Jay Simpson
Credits (left to right): Giles Ashford, Jay Simpson


The legislative session in Albany is drawing to a close and New York’s State Senators have failed to pass a single piece of legislation to protect the public from irresponsible gas fracking.  This Wednesday, May 30, join us by rallying and/or making phone calls demanding that the Senate Republican Majority pass legislation to require the state to conduct a heath impact assessment and determine the effects that fracking might have on ourselves and our children.

Why is a health impact assessment needed?

The state refused to conduct an assessment of potential health impacts associated with fracking as part of its review process to determine whether it will allow high-volume fracking in NY, despite the growing body of evidence that gas extraction operations are making people sick. The medical community has taken several actions this year to warn the state not to allow fracking in New York without understanding its health impacts, and now it’s your turn. Notably, in October 2011, 250 doctors wrote the state to demand a health impact assessment on fracking, and in December 2011, 19 cancer-based advocacy organizations followed suit.  

What are we advocating for?

S.6772, sponsored by Sen. Avella, would require NY to conduct a comprehensive health impact assessment on fracking and require the state to implement the assessment’s recommendations. For this legislation to move in the Senate, it needs the support of the Senate Republican Majority, the members of which who have thus far done nothing to protect the public from fracking.

Where is the rally?

Several locations throughout the state, including:

Outside Office of Majority Leader Dean Skelos
55 Front Street State Office Building
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Senator John Bonacic
201 Dolson Avenue
Middletown, NY 10940

More locations available (PDF).


All actions take place on Wednesday, May 30 from 12pm-1pm.

Want to do more or can’t attend a rally?  Call Republican Senators who have not yet supported health impact assessment and demand support!

  • Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (516) 766-8383 
  • Senator John Bonacic (845) 344-3311 
  • Senator James Alesi (585) 223-1800 
  • Senator John DeFrancisco (315) 428-7632 
  • Senator Tom Libous (877) 854-2687 
  • Senator Michael Nozzolio (315) 568-9816 
  • Senator James Seward (607) 432-5524

Thank you for taking action!

The Riverkeeper Top 3 – May 24, 2012


Hundreds of Volunteers Expected for First-Annual Riverkeeper Sweep and Party
On Saturday, June 2, hundreds of volunteers are expected to join more than 30 cleanups and other projects riverwide in the first-annual Riverkeeper Sweep. Our day of service for the Hudson River culminates in the Sweep Party on the waterfront in Ossining, open to all for a $10 suggested donation, featuring live blues and roots music, seining, fly fishing demonstrations, Clean Water Champion awards, a speech by Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay, a chance to talk to Riverkeeper patrol boat Capt. John Lipscomb – plus food and beer for purchase, and sailing with the Ossining Community Boat Club and kayaking with Hudson River Recreation for Riverkeeper members at the Advocate ($40) level.
•    Do Your Part: Visit to register for a cleanup near you.
•    Join Us:  Check out the details about the Sweep Party, and purchase a ticket for a sunset sail or paddle. A limited number of tickets are available, so don’t miss your chance!


Paul Gallay speaks at NRC meeting. Video Highlights.

Hundreds Rally to Criticize Safety of Indian Point
Riverkeeper, our partners, and hundreds of citizens rallied at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual safety review for Indian Point. Many called the public process a sham for ignoring longstanding and well-documented public concerns about earthquake and terrorism risks, fire fighting capabilities and other fundamental safety concerns. Neither Entergy nor the NRC has taken seriously the lessons of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown more than a year ago, and we sent a strong message: Don’t Let it  Happen Here!
•    Do Your Part: While Riverkeeper continues to argue in state hearings that radioactive leaks and massive ongoing fish kills mean Indian Point cannot be granted a needed water permit, we are preparing for upcoming NRC hearings, when we will argue to Close Indian Point, not relicense it for another 20 years. Riverkeeper is your voice in these key legal proceedings. Please donate today to aid our Close Indian Point campaign.

Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act Nears Vote
With a growing coalition of supporters, Riverkeeper is pushing for swift passage this summer of the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, which would require public notification when public wastewater treatment plants discharge untreated sewage to the Hudson River and other waterways throughout the state. More than 20 percent of Riverkeeper’s samples of the Hudson River failed to meet the Environmental Protection Agency benchmark for safe swimming – an unacceptable rate of failure that far exceeds the average of public beaches nationwide. Public awareness is the first step toward fixing the problems that too often make the Hudson and its tributaries unsafe.
•    Do Your Part: Your representative needs to hear from you! Check Riverkeeper’s online Action Center for the latest action you can take to aid in our effort.
•    Donate: Please contribute to our Water Quality Program. The material alone for a single water quality test costs $15, and Riverkeeper processes more than 175 tests per month.
Riverkeeper in the Press
5.22.12:: WCBS TV
CBS 2 Invades Dirty World Of Illegal Dumping
New York City, Organizations Doing Their Part To End Disgraceful Practice
Riverkeeper staff attorney and Chief Investigator Josh Verleun tells CBS, “It’s hard to know who’s dumping sometimes. In the case of tires it might be an auto body shop. In the case of appliances it might be somebody who is hauling waste.” Riverkeeper’s team helps to track down these illegal dumpers and then clean up their mess.
4.16.12:: Associated Press
AP IMPACT: Evacs and drills pared near nuke plants 

The nation’s nuclear power regulators have overhauled community emergency planning for the first time in more than three decades, requiring fewer exercises for major accidents and recommending that fewer people be evacuated right away. “They’re saying, ‘If there’s no way to evacuate, then we won’t.'” — Phillip Musegaas, Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Program Director
5.15.12 :: The Poughkeepsie Journal
On the Hudson, trash collection is a group effort
College, waste hauler, residents team up for river-rubbish removal
Riverkeeper member and Port Ewen resident, Chad Gomes, has organized a collaborative “Adopt a Port” effort. Gomes, an active boater, often wrestles with the desire to pick up debris, and the knowledge that there might be no convenient way to get rid of it. “I thought to myself, there should be an easy way for people to do what’s right,” he said.