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Green Hassig Asks St. Lawrence County Legislature to Make 3 New Laws

Monday, March 3, 2014, 7:00 PM

Legislative Board Room, St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Canton, NY USA

The county legislatures of NY-21 and all other county legislative bodies in New York State have a great deal of power to bring change.  New York is a Home Rule state.  This means that local governments can adopt legislation that stands alone without the need for any supporting legislation on the state or federal level. In cases where there are related state and federal laws, if the local law is more stringent, it stands.

There are 3 new laws that I want St. Lawrence County government to set in place.  These laws will change things for the better.  Without these laws, life in St, Lawrence County and the rest of our country will continue to become worse.

(1) A prohibition against the sale and consumption of fracked gas in St. Lawrence County

Fracking is a technology that causes serious and irreparable harm to the Earth.  Fracking contaminates water, air and land.  Fracking will not continue if people can’t buy and burn fracked gas.  The county legislature can help with bringing an end to fracking by prohibiting the sale and consumption of fracked gas in St. Lawrence County.

(2) Establish public financing for all local election campaigns

Publicly financed election campaigns in which it is illegal to spend any money other than what is provided by law would go far to eliminating corporate money and influence in local government.  With publicly financed election campaigns the field of candidates would expand beyond those who have sufficient wealth to mount their own campaigns and the candidates of major parties, which now fund much of campaign spending.  Political parties should not be able to buy elections by outspending their competition.  Public financing of election campaigns will bring better candidates into public office.

(3) Require the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department to provide residents with information on all known and suspected human carcinogens

The National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) publish lists of carcinogens that are classified for human carcinogenicity.  Many chemicals are now classified as known or suspected human carcinogens.  Dioxins, PCBs, hexachlorobenzene, benzene, formaldehyde, arsenic, lead, cadmium, chromium and mercury are among the chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer in humans.  With knowledge of these chemicals comes the ability to avoid exposure and thereby minimize cancer risk.  The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department is not providing this information now because it depends upon the New York State Department of Health (DOH) for cancer information and the DOH is controlled by corporate influences that oppose informing the public on the subject of chemical exposure cancer causation.  This is wrong.  Lack of information is causing people in St. Lawrence County to get cancer and die.  We can change this by enacting a county law that requires public education on chemical carcinogens.

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Green Party Candidate Hassig Steps Up Love of the Earth Revolution on Shale Gas

Monday, November 25, 2013, 3:00 PM

Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas Office, 33 Stearns Street, Massena, NY USA

High volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) or fracking is a heavily
polluting activity.  Tremendous quantities of untested chemicals are
injected into the Earth along with water and sand to shatter shale
formations thereby releasing natural gas from pockets within the rock.
This process leads to contamination of ground water and surface water
via mingling of fracking fluid, chemicals present in the shale pockets
and water.  Fracking a gas well involves a very large amount of truck
traffic.  The diesel exhaust emissions from this trucking onslaught
are a major impact upon air quality.  Additional contamination of air
occurs via evaporation from condensate tanks and waste pits.  The
heavy contamination of water and air resulting from fracking is
harmful to all living beings.  There has been far too much harm to
life on Earth from petrochemical corporations already.  Fracking is
unacceptable.

Enbridge Corporation is transporting and marketing natural gas that is
extracted by fracking.  This company that profits from fracking has a
responsibility to participate in dialogue concerning the pollution
associated with fracking for gas.  I will endeavor to engage Enbridge
Corporation in that dialogue.  Going to the Massena Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas
Office is a perfect way to start the talk on fracking pollution.  This
office is part of my home region.  It is within the home region that
matters of health and environmental protection should be discussed
most extensively.  Where we live is where our words have the most
power.

I visit the Enbridge Office in the name of love, love of the Earth and
all of the living beings of the Earth.  I believe that love is the
most powerful force that can be brought to bear for protecting the
Earth Mother.  Love of the Earth and her many children will bring an
end to fracking.  This is a beautiful, non-violent, environmental
Revolution.  As we move forward with acting upon our love of the Earth
and all of her children, we create the great changes that will soon
eliminate pollution, cancer, greed and arrogance.

Green Party Candidate Hassig Endeavors to Initiate Dialogue with
Enbridge Corporation on Fracking’s Harm to All Earth’s Children

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 11:00 AM

Enbridge Office, Brasher Falls, NY USA

High volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) or fracking is a heavily
polluting activity.  Tremendous quantities of untested chemicals are
injected into the Earth along with water and sand to shatter shale
formations thereby releasing natural gas from pockets within the rock.
This process leads to contamination of ground water and surface water
via mingling of fracking fluid, chemicals present in the shale pockets
and water.  Fracking a gas well involves a very large amount of truck
traffic.  The diesel exhaust emissions from this trucking onslaught
are a major impact upon air quality.  Additional contamination of air
occurs via evaporation from condensate tanks and waste pits.  The
heavy contamination of water and air resulting from fracking is
harmful to all living beings.  There has been far too much harm to
life on Earth from petrochemical corporations already.  Fracking is
unacceptable.

Enbridge Corporation is transporting and marketing natural gas that is
extracted by fracking.  This company that profits from fracking has a
responsibility to participate in dialogue concerning the pollution
associated with fracking for gas.  I will endeavor to engage Enbridge
Corporation in that dialogue.  Going to the Brasher Falls Enbridge
Office is a perfect way to start the talk on fracking pollution.  This
office is part of my home region.  It is within the home region that
matters of health and environmental protection should be discussed
most extensively.  Where we live is where our words have the most
power.

I visit the Enbridge Office in the name of love, love of the Earth and
all of the living beings of the Earth.  I believe that love is the
most powerful force that can be brought to bear for protecting the
Earth Mother.  Love of the Earth and her many children will bring an
end to fracking.

8/3/13

Ursula Rozum
2012 Green Party Candidate in 24th Congressional District Race
Syracuse, New York USA

Hi Ursula,

I focus much of my work as Director of Cancer Action NY on carcinogen
exposure minimization. Minimizing the release of carcinogens to the
environment is the most effective way to prevent cancer.

Syracuse has two major public hospitals and a public medical school.
These are places where the message of carcinogen exposure minimization
via environmental protection should be heard. I have been in
communication with Winthrop Thurlow, Esq. counsel to the State
University of New York Upstate Medical University. We have discussed
free speech on the campus. I will be exercising my free speech at
this venue during early September.

Would you be interested in joining forces to raise awareness on the
carcinogen releases associated with fracking? I would be most happy
to share the opportunity to engage in free speech on the Upstate
campus.

Thank you for your work on the Peace Council. The Whistleblower
protection event was well done.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

Earth Mother Protection Free Speech–Stop Shale Oil… Stop Shale
Gas… Stop Tar Sands…

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

SUNY Canton College, Roselle Plaza, Canton, NY USA

The United States is a major consumer of fossil fuels.  The oil, gas, coal and petrochemical industries of the United States are promoting increased fuel consumption and increased exploitation of shale gas, shale oil, coal and tar sands to satisfy the demands of increased consumption.  These are environmentally destructive energy resource extraction activities.
Exploitation of these energy resources contributes tremendously to global climate change. Utilization of these fuel resources is a heavy source of releases of carcinogenic pollutants including:  soot particulates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene and formaldehyde.  The corporate sectors named above and corrupt national and state governments in the United States are abusing our Earth Mother.

It is time for the Americans who care about the Earth and the inhabitants
of the Earth to begin demonstrating their resistance to shale gas, shale
oil, coal and tar sands extraction.  Speaking out against the exploitation
of these forms of energy is an honorable way to express this resistance.

I will be exercising my freedom of speech on the Canton College campus
to express my disapproval of the energy extraction practices named
above.  My free speech will demonstrate my resistance to the
environmentally ruinous energy extraction activities of the United States.
I am hopeful that fellow Americans will hear what I say and begin to speak
freely themselves.  I am hopeful that American college students will begin
to express their resistance to the actions of bad corporations and bad
government.  This is the path of creating a non-violent revolution that
will take away the power of the abusive corporations and corrupt government.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses its Science Advisory
Board to create the illusion that scientific knowledge is the driving
force for EPA decision-making.  Creating this illusion is an EPA
strategy aimed at deceiving the American public so as to perpetuate
the agency’s usefulness to corporations.  EPA does not use scientific
knowledge in its decision-making.  EPA is controlled by the
corporations that it was set up to regulate.  EPA takes action as
these corporations dictate.  The corporations want the American people
to believe that EPA controls corporate activities thereby protecting
the environment and public health.  So long as the public believes
this lie, the corporations are free to exercise their unbridled greed.

EPA has recently established a Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory
Panel.  This panel will be used by EPA to deceive Americans about the
use of hydraulic fracturing by the oil and gas companies.  The panel
will be used to create the appearance of an EPA that gives careful
attention to scientific knowledge in decision-making.

Many years ago, EPA created a Science Advisory Board Dioxin Review
Panel.  The Dioxin Review Panel was charged with providing a
non-biased review of the agency’s dioxin reassessment.  The dioxin
reassessment is EPA’s review of the scientific literature on the
subjects of dioxin exposure and health effects.

In February 2012, EPA published the final draft of the
non-carcinogenic effects part of the dioxin reassessment.  EPA used
the publication of this document as an opportunity to make the claim
that the US food supply was safe and that dioxin exposure at current
levels of food supply contamination imposed no significant risk of
disease outcome.  The scientific literature does not support this
claim.  After several decades of reviewing the voluminous scientific
research literature pertaining to dioxins, EPA took the corporate
position stated above.  All of the review, including the work of the
Dioxin Review Panel was a charade.

The Dioxin Review Panel has chosen to remain silent on the final draft
of the non-carcinogenic effects part of the EPA dioxin reassessment
and EPA’s claim that the food supply is safe.  This is due to the fact
that members of the Dioxin Review Panel are interested in obtaining
research grants from EPA and doing consulting work for corporations.

EPA and its Dioxin Review Panel have kept the public in the dark about
the presence of dangerous levels of dioxins in the animal fat foods of
the mainstream food supply, which include:  meats, fish, diary
products and eggs.  EPA and its Science Advisory Board have a record
of attempting to deceive the American public.  The EPA and its Science
Advisory Board should not be looked to for a fair assessment of the
scientific literature on the subjects of the environmental damages and
health effects associated with the extraction of shale gas and shale
oil via hydraulic fracturing.

Those who seek to bring an end to the use of hydraulic fracturing in
the United States should not waste their time and energy participating
in the EPA review.  The most effective way to bring an end to
hydraulic fracturing is to force EPA to respond in public to charges
that the agency is controlled by corporations.  Congressional hearings
on corporate control of EPA can create the government accountability
that is an absolutely critical part of good government.  Without
government accountability, EPA will continue on its path of deception.
If the people can succeed in forcing EPA to become accountable to
them, the EPA can then be used to stop hydraulic fracturing and all
other activities of shale oil and shale gas extraction.

3/26/13

Judith Enck, Administrator
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
New York, New York USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Administrator Enck,

I have carefully examined the information that the US Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) uses to educate the American public on the
subjects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure and damages
to health.  This information exists on a webpage accessed via the URL
named below.

http://www.epa.gov/oia/toxics/pop.html

I have concluded that this information fails to warn the general
public of the existence of the POPs exposure health hazard constituted
by the presence of POPs in the animal fat foods of the mainstream food
supply.  This information serves to assure the public that there is no
need for individual action to avoid POPs exposures.

The information that EPA uses to educate on the subjects of POPs
exposure and damages to health is causing harm to the American people.
This harm consists of the inaction on POPs exposure avoidance that it
fosters.  Having been assured that the federal government is taking
action on POPs and having received no warning from the federal
government describing the health damaging effects of POPs exposure at
current levels of food supply contamination, the American people
remain unaware of the importance of POPs exposure minimization and
continue to consume POPs contaminated animal fats as if there is no
significant risk of damage to health imposed by the associated POPs
exposures.  EPA is responsible for the continuing avoidable POPs
exposures of the American people.

I would like to speak with you via recorded conference call to discuss
changes in the information that EPA uses to educate on POPs.  Please
see the letter found below for further information on this matter.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Donald Hassig <donaldhassig@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2013 15:07:30 -0500
Subject: 2/7/13 Letter to Congressman William Owens Concerning Failure
of EPA to Provide Americans with Warning of POPs Contamination of
Animal Fats Health Hazard
To: steve.hunt@mail.house.gov
Cc: lewismshepard@yahoo.com

2/7/13

Hon. William Owens
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Congressman Owens,

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides educational
outreach to the general public on the subject of persistent organic
pollutants (POPs).  This is accomplished primarily via a webpage.  I
have examined the information on that page.  I have concluded that the
information is being presented for the purpose of downplaying the
significance of POPs exposure in disease causation.  The EPA’s POPs
webpage does not warn of significant harm to consumers of animal fats
resulting from POPs exposure at current levels of food supply
contamination.

The non-expert reader would fail to comprehend the significance of the
POPs exposure health hazard after reading all of the information on
the EPA page. The information presented by EPA focuses the attention
of the reader on the need for more research and would cause the reader
to conclude that risk of harm is likely to be limited to subgroups of
the general
population.  The EPA does not make clear the fact that all animal fats
including those found in meats, dairy products, fish and eggs
available in supermarkets are contaminated with POPs.

The EPA presents information on POPs for the purpose of creating the
illusion that the US government is actively addressing the POPs
contamination problem.  The US government is doing very little to
actively address this problem.  The US government is attempting to
avoid
its public health responsibility to provide warning of the avoidable
POPs exposure health hazard.

What EPA presents is very different from what is being presented by
the World Health Organization (WHO).  I have provided you with the WHO
report titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child
Health”.  This report acknowledges the existence of harm to public
health caused by POPs exposure at current levels of food supply
contamination.  This report recommends action to minimize the
exposures that all children receive to POPs.

Please contact EPA and make known my position on this matter.  I would
like to have the opportunity to discuss with EPA action by that agency
to warn US citizens of the existence of the POPs contamination of
animal fats health hazard.  I believe that it would be very useful to
have a member of your staff involved in this discussion.  Please
attempt to motivate EPA to join into such a three-way dialogue on POPs
exposure minimization.  The most effective way to move forward with
this issue is to speak with EPA and Steve Hunt from your office via
conference call.  I am hopeful that your office can make arrangements
for this call.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig