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2011 Milestones by the Month, July, August, September

Michael Lang, co-creator of legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Festival of 1969, speaks on sustainability at first “Haystock” event to benefit farms.

JULY 2011
NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) releases updates to draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) regarding gas drilling.

Multi-municipal task force unveils proposed road use agreement for seven Sullivan County towns to protect road integrity against heavy industrial uses.

EPA announces fracking study targeting Northeast PA.
Honesdale Council approves CVS pharmacy project in former DSFI building at Lower Main and Fourth Streets.

Michael Lang, co-creator of legendary Woodstock Music and Arts Festival of 1969, speaks on sustainability at first “Haystock” event to benefit farms.

Proposed expansion of Holbert Quarry in Lackawaxen Township raises concerns among National Park Service, Upper Delaware Council and Lackawaxen citizens group.

Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless to cease operations by month’s end.

Three rabid foxes confirmed in Sullivan County.

Developer Ilwon Kang fails to appear at closing for sports field in Narrowsburg, NY,

National Park Service (NPS) supervisor Sean McGuinness reminds Upper Delaware Council of its role in upholding the River Management Plan.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute to study health impacts of Marcellus Shale drilling.

PA Fish and Boat Commission announces plan to lease portions of its 43,000 acres of waterways for natural gas exploration.
Milford Township Zoning Board dismisses appeal on proposed crematorium.

Brookings Institute report concludes more people employed in green technology than in industries related to fossil fuels.
Three of five members of Sullivan County Board of Ethics resign following accusations of ethics violations against county lawmakers Leni Binder and Jodi Goodman.

Cornell University study shows short-term tourism gain leads to long-term loss due to damage to a region’s “brand” from impacts of gas drilling.

Lackawaxen Township approves expansion of Holbert Quarry.
PA Marcellus Shale Advisory Committee releases recommendations on gas drilling.


Residents mount campaign to save Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless.

Preparations begin for Tennessee Gas Pipeline (TGP) crossing of Lackawaxen River.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) shuts down illegal tilapia hatchery in the Town of Delaware.

Eldred Central School District struggles with impacts of contingency budget.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes air pollution rules on hydrofracking.

Honesdale’s Mansion at Noble Lane to be restored as wellness center and bed and breakfast.

Stone wall repairs underway at Hawk’s Nest on Route 97, Town of Deerpark, NY.

Fifth drowning victim of 2011 loses life in Delaware River.

Callicoon Business Association takes Sullivan Renaissance Golden Feather Award.

Three groups file lawsuit against Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over need for environmental impact study of hydrofracking.

Rural Heritage Party unveiled in Sullivan County.

Dancing Cat Saloon offers first locally distilled product called Peace Vodka.

Delaware Highlands Conservancy achieves accreditation with the
Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

Rural post offices threatened with closure in national cost-cutting effort.

Pike County resident, Virginia Kennedy, jailed in peaceful Tar Sands protest in Washington DC.

TGP tunnels under Route 590 in Lackawaxen Township with massive auger during expansion of 300 Line Project. (35)


Hurricane Irene knocks out electricity, downs many trees throughout the region, pounds Claryville and Frost Valley YMCA and delays trenching of TGP crossing of Lackawaxen River.

NYS senator Greg Ball proposes legislation to toughen standards for hydrofracking in New York following visit to drilling sites in Pennsylvania.

Town of Bethel, NY joins towns of Tusten, Lumberland and Highland in pursuing zoning changes meant to protect against impacts of gas drilling.

Virginia earthquake (5.8 magnitude) felt as mild tremors in Upper Delaware region.

Multiple water quality initiatives underway in Upper Delaware region.

World Trade Center monuments dedicated throughout the region.
Judge Joseph Kameen rules against critics of proposed Milford Township crematorium.

Economic council meets to identify strengths and challenges of doing business in Sullivan County.

Empire Resorts donates $100,000 to flood victims.

TGP pipeline problems plague Pike County, PA.

Proposed expansion of Kauneonga Lake Sewer District nixed.
Sullivan County selected to receive $186,500 in rural developments funds for potential creamery.

Fourth “Human Line of Hope” in the Town of Highland raises $14,000 for kids with cancer.

Arts for Peace organizes “For the Forest” in the Town of Tusten to urge local action for global change.

Transition Honesdale launches “Skillshare” program to foster community learning.

FEMA presents new National Flood Insurance Rate Maps for PA municipalities.