Press Conference/Event, Thursday April 25, Seneca Lake Harbor Front Park

Media Alert April 22, 2013


Who: Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., Melissa Chipman, Michael Dineen released from jail on Thursday April 25.


What: Press Conference/Event, Thursday April 25, Seneca Lake Harbor Front Park


Where: Seneca Lake Harbor Front Park, outside, Lake side at below location. Parking on location at the lakeside end of N. Decatur Street.


When: 1:00 pm Thurday, April 25, 2013


Should there be a conflicting event or a situation arise where you may be late. Please call below contact information and we will hold the conference untill 1:30.




Businesswoman Melissa Chipman, Farm Owner Michael Dineen, and Author, Biologist, and Heinz Award Recipient Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D, refused to pay their fines on ethical grounds and were sentenced to fifteen days in jail by Reading Court Justice, Raymond H. Berry.Steingraber is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College and a prominent critic of fracking and its related infrastructure. The three peaceful protesters were arrested as part of a civil disobedience blockade of Inergy’s salt cavern gas storage facility in Reading, NY, just a few miles north of Watkins Glen. The charge was trespassing.


More than 150 people from surrounding communities filled the Town of Reading (NY) Court Room and Court House, spilling out onto the sidewalk, parking lot, and lawn on Wednesday, April 17 as a show of support for the three defendants who had previously pled guilty. Justice Raymond Berry fined each of the three $375 and when they refused to pay he imposed the maximum possible sentence of fifteen days.


Chris Tate 607 351-3768 m 607 387-9285 office

Jack Ossont 607 243-7262

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