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Children of a Lesser God?

Protest at Crestwood site 10/24/14

Protest at Crestwood site 10/24/14

Sustainable Tompkins stands with the residents of the Finger Lakes Region opposing construction of Crestwood’s methane gas storage in the abandoned salt caverns under Seneca Lake –the heart of a regional economy based on tourism, wine, and farming.  But it seems the citizens of our region are “children of a lesser god.”  At least, employees at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seem to think so, as they’ve granted a permit to Crestwood for this risky project despite allegations of withholding critical geologic data.

Apparently, a majority of the Schuyler County legislature and Reading town board accept that their constituents don’t have rights to clean air and clean water as they have acquiesced to the interests of out-of-state corporations.  The rail and truck traffic forecast for the depot guarantees significant air pollution in the valley, and the risk of leaks and spills into groundwater or the lake is also very high.  In contrast, four county legislatures and nine municipal boards in the surrounding area have voted against the gas depot because it threatens the quality of life, health, and economic well being of their constituents.

A thorough risk analysis led by Dr. Rob MacKenzie (retired president of Cayuga Medical Center) was done at the request of a Schuyler County legislator.  The risk of a major accident or failure during transport or storage at the facility is estimated at nearly 40% over the next 25 years.  That’s an exceptionally high risk to force upon the residents of any region.   Read the rest of this entry »

Film Screening on Opportunities for Food and Farming Livelihoods

Finger Lakes Bioneers, Cornell Small Farms Program, and the Glen Theater will co-present the Watkins Glen premiere of The Greenhorns, a 60-minute documentary film directed by young farmer-in-training Severine von Tscharner Fleming. Audience members will take an inspiring journey across the US to explore new food and farming enterprises, rural and urban possibilities, and diverse producer and consumer initiatives. The film-making team, based in the Hudson Valley, celebrates the hopeful new generation of young farmers – especially important given that the average age of American farm owners is around 57.

Released in Spring 2011, this inspiring movie is now being shown around the country by community-based organizations and innovative venues to help promote and build a more sustainable economy. Citizens around the state of New York understand that this is not just a long-term quest because they can see that local solutions are being developed and implemented now.

The Greenhorns ( film screening is on Tuesday, December 6th at 7 PM. The Glen Theater is at 112 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. Refreshments will be available at 6:30 pm.  After the screening, panelists and audience members will share comments and ideas related to the vitality of the Watkins Glen, Montour Falls, and Schuyler County economy, and explore how residents of the Seneca Lake watershed can continue to nurture and support current and emerging on-farm and food related businesses. Read the rest of this entry »