damascus citizens for sustainability http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org clean water, air & land are basic human rights Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:15:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 39998157 France Plans to End Oil and Gas Production by 2040 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/09/france-plans-end-oil-gas-production-2040/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:15:57 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14515 France would become the first country to phase out all oils and gas exploration and production
By Reuters, September 6, 2017

France plans to pass legislation this year to phase out all oil and gas exploration and production on its mainland and overseas territories by 2040, becoming the first country … Continue reading

Constitution Pipeline in NY Rejected by Court http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/08/constitution-pipeline-ny-rejected-court/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:23:49 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14487 Ny DEC had the right to reject the water permit required for the project
By Joseph Spector, Poughkeepsie Journal, August 18, 2017

Download the Court’s ruling as a pdf.
Read NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s statement about the ruling.

A federal Court of Appeals on Friday rejected a lawsuit from … Continue reading

Tell Your Governor: Ban Fracking in the Delaware River Basin http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/08/tell-governor-ban-fracking-delaware-river-basin/ Tue, 01 Aug 2017 19:07:37 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14458 Residents of Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania:
Have a house-party! Bring these materials to any gathering – with postcards or letter writing materials and get LOTS of friends, neighbors, fellow gardeners, friends at church, civic groups…at a tableing event! Get everyone to pitch in! Send your governor a Continue reading

3 Years Left to Turn the Corner on Global Warming http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/2017/07/3-years-left-turn-corner-global-warming/ Sun, 02 Jul 2017 15:41:33 +0000 http://www.damascuscitizensforsustainability.org/?p=14431 a six-point plan for turning the tide of the world’s carbon dioxide by 2020
By Andrew Freedman, Mashable, June 29, 2017

The next three years will effectively decide the fate of our planet’s climate. This is the stark message of a new commentary in the journal Nature by several high-profile Continue reading

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
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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 Update: DCS comments to the DRBC on fracking economics and frack waste disposal

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). … Continue reading