damascus citizens for sustainability http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org clean water, air & land are basic human rights Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:39:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 39998157 Fracked Gas Exposes Families in PA and NY to Radioactivity http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/06/fracked-gas-exposes-families-pa-ny-radioactivity/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:20:21 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14415 GAS FROM THE MARCELLUS AND UTICA SHALE PLAYS EXPOSE FAMILIES IN PA & NY TO RADIOACTIVITY.

Comments are due by July 5!

See DCS letters to NYC Speaker Quinn regarding radon in fracked gas.

The DEC is proposing amendments to 6 NYCRR Part 380Continue reading

PA Supreme Court Rules State Forest Gas Royalty Transfers Unconstitutional http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/06/pa-supreme-court-rules-state-forest-gas-royalty-transfers-unconstitutional/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:20:45 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14403 Royalties earned on gas and oil extracted from state forests must be used for conservation and cannot be transferred to other departments for budgetary purposes
By Laura Legere and Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 20, 2017

This lawsuit was brought by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation
Download the Court decision Continue reading

Important Win for Transparency in NYC Zoning Variances http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/06/important-win-transparency-nyc-zoning-variances/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:43:14 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14394 Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a series of reforms to the Board of Standards and Appeals zoning variance process
By The Municipal Art Society of New York, May 31, 2017

DCS: These new laws affecting the Bureau of Standards and Appeals zoning variance processes should have real impact Continue reading

Unbelievable! PA DEP Sues Towns in Favor of Frackers http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/04/unbelievable-pa-dep-sues-towns-favor-frackers/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:10:42 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14338 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Sues Towns for Trying to Protect Their Environment
By InTheseTimes, April 4, 2017

In 2012, PA’s Act 13 made major changes to the rules governing the oil and gas industry.
In 2013, the PA Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the portion of the law that allowed
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Maryland to Ban Fracking! http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/03/maryland-ban-fracking/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:28:32 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14329 Maryland General Assembly approves fracking ban
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun, March 27,2017

The Maryland General Assembly on Monday gave final passage to a ban on fracking in the state, sending the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan for his promised signature.

Environmental advocates and climate change activists have pressed … Continue reading

Case Dismissed! DRBC Can Regulate Fracking in the Basin http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/03/case-dismissed-drbc-can-regulate-fracking-basin/ Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:50:02 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14320 In May of 2016 the Wayne Land and Mineral Group (WLMG) filed suit in federal court challenging the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to regulate natural gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin (DRB). DCS responded with an Amicus brief, presenting to the Court the “devastating … Continue reading

Tell the PA Attorney General to Investigate the DEP http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/03/tell-pa-attorney-general-investigate-dep/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:33:00 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14301 Sign this petition telling PA Attorney General Shapiro to investigate the PA DEP
Petition by Pennsylvanians Against Fracking

Petition Background
New information from investigators at Public Herald shows Department of Environmental Protection has systematically handled fracking-related complaints with misconduct.

Investigators fought with DEP for three years to obtain information on … Continue reading

Join the Global Movement for Fossil Fuel Divestment http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/02/join-global-movement-fossil-fuel-divestment/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:57:18 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14271 A comprehensive guide to the basics of divestment: what it means, why the urgency and how it impacts climate change
By Emma Howard, The Guardian, June 23, 2015

Rally for Fossil Fuel Divestment in Boston, MA

What is Fossil Fuel Divestment?

Divestment is the opposite of investment – it is … Continue reading

Live in the DRB? DCS is Fighting for Your Health! http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/02/live-drb-dcs-fighting-health/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:12:50 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14249 Victory! Case dismissed! Court rules that the DRBC can regulate fracking in the Basin. Plaintiff may appeal.

Amicus brief, page 1

In May of 2016 the Wayne Land and Mineral Group filed suit in federal court challenging the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to regulate natural gas Continue reading

DCS at the DRBC Meeting to Urge a Ban on Fracking in the Basin http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/02/dcs-drbc-meeting-urge-ban-fracking-basin/ Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:18:12 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14240 On February 15, 2017, several DCS members made the trip to Washington’s Crossing, PA, to attend a meeting of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC). We joined with approximately 300 concerned citizens to fill the meeting room and urge the DRBC to implement a permanent ban on fracking in the Continue reading