1. PA Visitors, Anti-frackers, Displaced Homeowners: Public Comments at 2/22/2012 Vestal Town Board Meeting

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    Two visitors from Pennsylvania, several Vestal landowners, an experienced realtor, a retired chemist, and an advocate for renter's rights speak during the public comments session following the Vestal Town Board meeting. At first, the town supervisor lays down the law because he wants to avoid 2 hours of public comments on hydrofracking. "Give me something new," he proclaims! But the people persist and all who wish to speak get to speak at least once. A Republican tea-partier and 6th-generation landowner from Pennsylvania gives a wake-up call to all who want drilling in their town; the gas-drilling companies are not friends of the landowners. A transplanted downstater and a member of the board lock horns. "Give us the buyouts!" demand the displaced homeowners. Nothing on the drilling question is settled tonight, but the debate is certainly heated and enlightening.

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    • Fracking Moratorium Comments at Vestal Town Board Meeting

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      The Vestal Town Hall was packed with attendees from all over town as the board conducted its meeting. Why? Because they all wanted to talk about the possibility of a fracking ban or moratorium. There were people on both sides, though the pro-drillers in their little green caps stood out. At first, the Town Supervisor only wanted comments on items on the agenda, which did not include fracking, but he added an open comment period at the end of the meeting due to numerous requests from the audience. Also discussed was the election to fill the vacant seat on the board. The pro-drillers expressed quite a few errors on the legality of a ban or moratorium, which were clearly addressed in David Slottje's presentation (also in Ben B's collection here on Vimeo) on how and why towns could pass moratoria on gas drilling. Recorded on January 25, 2012.

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      • Matthew 23 (July, 27, 2014)

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        Bill's sermon in what will be part one of Matthew 23. Filmed on July 27, 2014 at Calvary Chapel Vestal Center!

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        • Matthew 23 (August 3, 2014)

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          Missed Sunday? Watch Bill's sermon on Matthew 23 from August 3, 2014!

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          • GasCapades - Question and Answer Session

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            Some pretty heated discussion follows the heartfelt stories of people affected by natural gas drilling (hydrofracking), at Vestal, NY in late June 2011. EPA expert Weston Wilson is among those explaining some inconvenient truths.

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            • Matthew 22 (July 20, 2014)

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              Pastor Bill's sermon continuing with Matthew 22. This video was filmed on July 20, 2014.

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              • Public Comments at 3/14/2012 Vestal Town Board Meeting

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                A stack of petitions and a host of comments on the necessity and prudence of a ban/moratorium on hydrofracking -- these things the Vestal Town Board faced tonight. After regular business was transacted, during the public comments section of the meeting, Sue Rapp of Vestal Residents for Safe Energy (VeRSE) presented 1000 signatures on a petition supporting an ordinance prohibiting gas drilling within the Town's borders. Several residents spoke in favor of the measure, as they cited health reasons and even economic reasons. Some even suggesed that when gas prices rise and technology improves, they might feel differently, but for now a prohibition is the safest course.

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                • Attorney David Slottje Exhorts Vestal Town Board to Ban Drilling While They Can

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                  1/23/2012 - Attorney David Slottje tells the Vestal town board why they can, and should, enact a moratorium or a ban on gas drilling. New York State law clearly gives towns the authority to restrict gas drilling altogether, despite misleading statements to the contrary from gas drilling proponents. In fact, they plant such false doubts in order to scare towns into waiting until after permits are issued to consider moratoria/bans, so as to put towns in a weaker legal position, with increased liability. The town should pass a moratorium before the state issues permit and the companies invest in HVHF. Slottje and his wife Helen work pro bono to help towns craft ordinances to preserve their rights.

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                  • Matthew 23:28 (August 10, 2014)

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                    Pastor Bill's sermon on Matthew 23 from August 10, 2014.

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