Meeting of April 14, 2011

Attendance (16): Terry Brewer, Murray Forth, Pat Bailey, Rob Mangold , Peter Brown, Debbie Brown, Bill Kneisl, Steve Phelps, Doris Calamaras, Jim Leyhane, Phil Egan, Dick Drumm, Debbie Rodriguez, Ron Annis, Russ Edberg, Len Leonidas.

Guests (2): Mark Streb of Governor Cuomo’s Office of Regional Affairs; Chris Brown of Conrad Geoscience.

Announcements:

• Rotary Run update: Rob Mangold has 12 businesses lined up as T-shirt sponsors. Ron Annis has most of the road marker signs spoken for.

• The joint meeting with the Kinderhook Rotary Club will be held Wednesday, May 4, at the Winding Brook Country Club in Valatie.

• A $100 contribution will be sent to Peaceable Kingdom Animal Rescue and a $200 contribution to Miracle Week Field.

• Mark Streb explained his role with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office of Regional Affairs, and the governor’s desire to keep in touch with the community. Mark said he expects to visit clubs and other civic groups throughout this region. He would like to return to get our feedback on current issues. President Terry said he will keep Mark and our membership aware of future concerns.

Program:

Chris Brown, vice president and senior hydrogeologist
with Conrad Geoscience

Chris explained the core work of the company, which includes testing, monitoring and advising business about cleanup of various sites.

He discussed ongoing projects such as one in Newark, NY, as well as providing details of the Marcellus shale area that runs more than 5,000 feet below parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. He showed a video of the controversial drilling process known as hydrofracking, and discussed the fluid used for releasing the gas. The process is 90% water and 10% chemicals.

A remaining concern is treatment of the returning water and chemicals. He also spoke of the wells already producing in both New York and Pennsylvania, some very old and mostly much shallower. Chris then discussed the economics of the gas operations, including jobs produced and taxes paid. He answered questions about problems and concerns.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

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