June 26, 2016

New Film by Josh Fox at the Tusten Theater in Narrowsburg, June 25

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at the Tusten Theater in Narrowsburg, NY
7 p.m. on Saturday June 25

To reserve seats please rsvp to: dcs@DamascusCitizens.org
Donations requested
Josh Fox and a panel after the film

The science on climate change is telling us we need to keep 80% of known fossil fuels in the ground. … Continue reading

Scientists Find Fracking Contaminated Wyoming Water After EPA Halted Study

Dangerous levels of chemicals found in underground water, while waste was dumped in unlined pits and barriers to protect groundwater were inadequate
The Guardian, April 7, 2016

Two scientists have highlighted dangerous water contamination from a fracking operation in Wyoming, three years after the US Environmental Protection Agency decided … Continue reading

Is the IOGCC, Created by Congress in 1935, Now a Secret Oil and Gas Lobby?

In 1978, the DOJ told Congress IOGCC should be disbanded. It wasn’t. In 2005, the group claimed credit for the Halliburton loophole after ‘years of hard work.’
By Lisa Song, Inside Climate News, April 11, 2016

When Congress severely limited the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing in … Continue reading

VICTORY in Landmark Climate Case!

FEDERAL COURT AFFIRMS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF KIDS and DENIES MOTIONS OF GOVERNMENT AND FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY IN YOUTH’S CLIMATE CHANGE CASE
By Our Children’s Trust, April 8, 2016

Read the full press release here.
Read the Court’s order here.

Today, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal … Continue reading

Fracking Has Contaminated Drinking Water, EPA Now Concludes

The acknowledgment of instances of fracking-related water contamination marks a notable reversal for the Obama administration
By Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News, June 5, 2015

After years of asserting that hydraulic fracturing has never tainted drinking water, the Obama administration issued a long-awaited study of the controversial oil and gas production … Continue reading

Oil Workers Say Their Pay Was Stolen Before the Bust

Federal records show oil and gas companies are among the top violators of wage laws – particularly in not paying overtime
By Dan Boyce, Marketplace, March 8, 2016

Continuing low oil prices have left tens of thousands of oil workers out of a job. Now, a growing number of oil … Continue reading

Feds Reject Jordan Cove LNG Terminal

FERC rejects terminal and pipeline because the public benefits do not outweigh the adverse effects on landowners
By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian/OregonLive, March 11, 2016

Download the FERC decision as a pdf

In a decision that stunned supporters and critics alike, federal regulators Friday rejected plans for a massive liquefied Continue reading

Driller Must Pay for Dimock, PA, Contamination

$4.24M Verdict Against Cabot Oil & Gas for polluting wells in Dimock
By Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E Publishing, March 10, 2016

Note from Barbara Arrindell, Director of Damascus Citizens:
“The industry knew all this and fought for decades to get the exemptions in the Bush/Cheney 2005 Energy Bill which they
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Community Groups Voice Opposition to Millennium Pipeline Compressor

Compressor project raises a lot of questions about emissions, noise, air and water quality
By Kaitlin Carney, Sullivan County Democrat, February 23, 2016

Community opposition to the planned Millennium Compressor in Eldred was voiced loud and clear on Saturday, February 20th with area groups Highland Concerned Citizens and Sullivan County … Continue reading

PA Fracking Water Contamination Higher Than Reported

What’s clear is that fracking causes damage to private drinking water wells
By Laurel Peltier, Baltimore Fishbowl, January 28, 2016

The headline flew around the globe like wild fire.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published their long-awaited draft fracking drinking water study and concluded: fracking has had no widespread Continue reading