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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n8 (02/23/2012) » Section: Week in Review

Clean Water and Western New York's Future

What do we have to do to get some clean water around here?

The Economic Myths of Fracking

This Sunday, February 26, the Sierra Club’s Chris Burger will deliver a talk called “The Economic Myths of Fracking.” Sponsored by the Food and Water Club/Niagara, and WNY Drilling Defense, the presentation will teach attendees about both the myths and the hype being used by the gas industry and some politicians to convince us that environmental and health risks are worth the money to be made as well as ask the question, “Is it really a contest between the economy and the environment?” Chris Burger is a college instructor who has earned degrees in chemical engineering, economics, and social psychology. He is also the co-founder and chair of the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition and was a former Broome County legislator and chair of Cornell University’s Eco-Justice Project. The talk takes place at the Lafayette Presbyterian Church (865 Elmwood Avenue), 4-5:30pm, and is open and free to the public.

Odds & Ends

The special election to fill the 145th Assembly seat, previously held by Mark Schroeder, is less than a month away, and both candidates are seeking to establish bases of support. South District Councilman Mickey Kearns, a Democrat running on the Republican line, announced last week that he’d been endorsed by local steelworkers and firefighters unions. Chris Fahey, an aide to Congressman Brian Higgins who is running on the Democratic line, responded by unveiling the endorsement of the state AFL-CIO, adding to his list of a half dozen other union endorsements. The vote takes place March 20.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

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