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Meetings are held on the last Sunday of each moth at 4 PM. The Catskill Heritage Alliance holds regular monthly meetings in the Pine Hill Community Center. You are welcome to attend. To find out more, email:

The Catskill Heritage Alliance is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving the harmony between the villages of the central Catskills and the surrounding wilderness through community revitalization and open space conservation. The CHA is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.




Fracking Facts

• Horizontal high-volume hydrofracturing uses a mixture of fine sand, toxic chemicals, and water to fracture the subterranean shale so as to extract the gas. About 5 million gallons of the mixture are required per well bore.
• The process typically means an estimated 900 to1,100 tractor/trailer trips to bring water and equipment to the drilling site. The road cuts to enable this are permanent.
• Pipelines needed at each well to move the gas require 40 feet of cleared area; if in a forest, that usually means clear-cutting a 40-foot swath.
• In the Catskill region, fracking and extraction would lead to erosion and forest habitat fragmentation. It could endanger the agreement exempting New York City from having to build a filtration plant for its water, which serves nearly half the population of the state.
• The New York State Senate passed a bill mandating a moratorium on fracking in the state until May 15, 2011; the Assembly is expected to pass the bill and the Governor to sign it.
• The DEC is currently reviewing some 15,000 comments to the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on hydrofracking. You can add your comments by writing to:
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-0001
Several environmental groups are devoted to halting hydrofracking. Here are a few websites and articles:

Catskill Mountainkeeper
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
GasMainl lists many websites on hydrofracking.
Frack Action
Clean Water Not Dirty Drilling
NYDEC’s Marcellus Shale page
NYCDEP’s hydrofracking page
EPA’s hydrofracking page
Meredith Landowners Coalition
Assessment of the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Natural Gas from Shale Formations Obtained by High-Volume, Slick-Water Hydraulic Fracturing, Robert W. Howarth, Cornell University
Environmental Dangers of Hydro-Fracturing the Marcellus Shale by Robert Myers (Lock Haven Universit)
ProPublica interview with former DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis on gas drilling