Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Coast Guard Hudson River docking proposal ... how to comment.

Tracking number: 1k0-8qtq-v0fk

The proposed Newburgh docking area across from Dennings Point State Park and bird sanctuary is directly intrusive in the culture of the area.

Dennings Point and the hiking trails connecting it to the surrounding natural areas use the whole aspect of the last 40 years of Hudson River cleanup to educate visitors and friends in natural water management. Yes, the Hudson is a commercial highway, but it is also a treasured natural resource.

Why not put the anchorages near the fossil fuel plants upriver? Yes, the oil storage facility at Newburgh is commercially important, but it is "deliver and go". The Beacon-Newburgh "bay" is a frequently used area for environmental education, pleasure boating, entertainment and scenic views.

I am a member of the Beacon Sloop Club and Clearwater both of which use these waters for environmental education, sailing skills training and public enjoyment. Their work and that of their founder, Pete Seeger, have been instrumental in the implementation of the Clean Water Act and the clean up of the Hudson. Today, River Pool at Beacon floats in the Hudson where the water has become clean enough to swim. I return on August 6th for my eleventh Newburgh to Beacon Swim in support of that effort.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Deep Geo Proposal Proposal

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Grant & development opportunity: Geothermal
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 16:59:18 -0400
From: Vane Lashua
To: Mitchell Daniels
CC: Chip Orben , Dan Parker

The Office of Purdue University President Mitchell Daniels

I would like to meet with President Daniels to discuss the potential role of Purdue in a project to engineer, make available and use geothermal energy for electricity generation virtually anywhere in the US. Among "renewable", fossil and nuclear sources of energy, geothermal is the cleanest and least expensive -- and it is unlimited and uninterruptible. Such a project would be on the scale of the Ball State geothermal project, BUT would explore and define a more extended role of geothermal energy.

Having moved back to my hometown in January after 45 years, I am interested in championing both the immediate economic opportunity for the state and the long-term benefits for the environment. Over the last eight years, I have worked with Geothermal Energy Assn. staff and members, met with Department of Energy leaders and staff and lobbied in Congress to educate myself on the possibilities.

To borrow part of an email I sent last week after a meeting with Duke Energy (Chip Orben)  & head of the Fayette County Economic Development Group (Dan Parker),
... proving the universal environmental and economic benefits of geothermal electricity generation would also have dramatic positive impacts. Doing "good" that brings economic, environmental and social benefits, multiplies the benefits to its contributors. That, I believe, can be part of the "ask" to Duke Energy Indiana, Purdue, IU, the State and the DOE: "Let us explore and demonstrate a proven sound, strategic and economical means of clean energy generation that will benefit the Earth, our economy and your bottom line -- right here in Indiana."
Looking forward to discussing geothermal research possibilities,
C. Vane Lashua
1504 West 7th Street, Connersville, IN 47331