FRACKING: Art and Activism Against the Drill
I’ve got a new poem in the fracking exhibition at Exit Art (475 10th Avenue). If you’re in the NYC area, definitely check it out. There’ll also be a panel discussion on the 12th and a poetry reading on Feb. 1st which I’ll be excited to be a part of. Info below…
FRACKING: Art and Activism Against the Drill
December 7, 2010 – February 5, 2011
Opening Tuesday, December 7, 7-9pm
*Please note: Michael Boufadel is no longer able to participate in the panel. He will be replaced by Larysa Melnyk Dyrszka, a board certified pediatrician and Steering Committee Member for the Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, who will speak to the health effects of fracking.
Fracking and Its Effects: A Panel Discussion
Host: Mark Ruffalo, Actor / Activist
Moderator: Tracy Carluccio, Activist
Panelists: Joe Levine, Lobbyist / Activist; Michael Lebron, Artist / Activist / Organizer; Al Appleton, Policy; Larysa Melnyk Dyrszka, Pediatrician / Activist; Christy Rupp, Artist; and a representative from “Gasland” to be announced
This panel discussion brings together leading experts and activists on hydraulic fracturing, representing multiple facets of this issue.
Mark Ruffalo is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter known for his roles in We Don’t Live Here Anymore, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zodiac, Reservation Road, and The Kids Are All Right, among dozens of films. He is also a vocal critic of hydraulic fracturing, having recently appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” to discuss the issue and the 2009 FRAC Act.
Tracy Carluccio is the Deputy Director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a nonprofit environmental organization she helped found in 1988. She has served on several State, county and township Councils and boards, project steering committees and community organizations related to issues of water and environmental preservation.
Al Appleton is the former Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection and the former Director of the New York City Water and Sewer System where he created the Catskill watershed protection program, a worldwide model for sustainable watershed management and drinking water source protection. He is an international expert on water issues, watershed management and environmental sustainability. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Cooper Union and a Senior Fellow at the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.
Larysa Melnyk Dyrszka is a Diplomate on the National Board of Medical Examiners and a Board Certified Pediatrician. She is also a Steering Committee member of the Damascus Citizens for Sustainability and a founding member of Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development.
Michael Lebron has had a varied career in site-specific / public forum media art installations, in advertising, and in grassroots activism. His public work has led him into a number of 1st Amendment battles, one of which involved an 8-1 decision at the Supreme court level written by Antonin Scalia, with Sandra Day O’Connor in dissent.
Joe Levine is a principal in the NYC firm of Bone/Levine Architects. The firm is involved with urban infrastructure upgrading and rehabilitation, conservation easement planning, and is a consultant to the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. He is the co-founder of NYH20 and Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, two grassroots nonprofit organizations dedicated to educating the public about the threats posed by unconventional natural gas extraction.
Christy Rupp is an artist and activist who has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally since 1977. Her most recent body of work deals with fracking, mountaintop removal and oil drilling in the Amazon.
“Gasland” is a documentary film directed by Josh Fox that focuses on communities affected by natural gas drilling. It was released in 2010 and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Special Jury Prize.
SEA Poetry Series No. 6
The Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed under the guidance of then-Vice President Dick Cheney, exempts fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act and major provisions of other protective laws, virtually eliminating the gas industry’s liability and E.P.A.’s regulatory oversight. Exemption from the Community Right to Know Law also absolves the gas industry from being required to report the actual chemicals used in the drilling processes—chemicals that can severely contaminate the water supply and cause serious illnesses. A drilling moratorium is in effect in New York State until the D.E.C. issues fracking regulation, potentially paving the way for drilling to commence in New York in 2011.
Educating about gas drilling issues and seeking solutions including legal, regulatory and government reforms
The NYC sister group to Damascus Citizens
Advocate of clean water in New York State and New York City
Affiliated with Riverkeeper
A 22-year-old environmental advocacy, stream restoration and education organization that operates throughout the Delaware River Watershed
Active in NY State; focused in Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties
Centralized source tracking and visualizing data related to gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale region
Active in the Upstate NY and Finger Lakes region
A national organization for the education, organization and protection of communities from the devastating impacts of oil and gas development
Active in the Catskills region
About the movie and about getting involved in the issues
~ by Michael Leong on January 5, 2011.