Tap Maples, Not Marcellus! Josh Dolan’s statement at the TCOG DEC Hearing, 12/1

3 Dec

Hi, My name is Josh Dolan and I’m a member of the Occupy Ithaca encampment at Shawn Greenwood Park or the People’s Square and I’m also co-owner of Sapsquatch Pure Maple Syrup in Enfield, NY.   We also produce other sustainable forest products such as ramps, cultivated mushrooms, medicinals and wood products.  We hope to explore potential farm and community scale energy production through pyrolysis generation of biogas utilizing our sugarshack as an experimental station for cutting edge energy efficiency technologies, real domestic energy.  I’ve been sugarmaking for going on 5 years hope to be at it for another 50, or as long as my back holds out. By that time, I hope to be sitting back and watching while my grown children carry buckets, feed the fire, skim the foam and draw hot syrup out of the evaporator. Now we are young, energetic and ambitious.  My business is ready to grow, and opportunity is ripe.  NY State has by far the best potential for sugarmaking in the US, but only 2% of our maples are currently tapped. There is tremendous potential for us to become the leading producer in a syrup-starved economy.

We have been building a base of support in the community through our unique CSA model, by the way, shares go on sale January 1st, educational opportunities for low income adults and children, community celebrations, and eco-tourism As small business owners I spend a good deal of time, not just producing our golden delicious maple syrup, but marketing, promoting, talking up and otherwise pushing it on the community.  However, I’ve been feeling like all this hard work, the long sleepless nights of spring, and the dragging months of summer and fall peddling syrup, is a waste of time as long as New York holds the door open for the Gas companies.  How is it that my small struggling business which sustains families, preserves and enhances the landscape, generates tourism and educates the community has any less value than one with a track record of workers safety violations, environmental destruction, and a history of deceit preying on landowners in order to gain access to their mineral rights.  Natural Gas is an industry that is so bad it had to be exempted by none other than Dick Cheney himself by the Halliburton Loophole from the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Community Right to Know Act among others.  This industry, in fact is so unsustainable, that is the government ended the vast subsidies that support it would cease to exist.

And so we are at a crossroads. It’s time to decide.  New Yorkers, if you love this land, if you love our beautiful lakes and rivers and all the bounty these provide, then we must stand up and be counted.  We must throw our bodies on this machine.  If Gov. Cuomo is not willing to listen to the voice of the people, then we must take matters into our own hands.  We hold the moral high ground and we will grind them down in the courts.  We will attack their bottom line.  We will stop every truck at the border and we will blockade every road into the state if we have to. If Gov. Cuomo wants a fight, well he’s got one.  If you love maple syrup, then say NO to Fracking!  Say no to Cuomo and his presidential aspirations (by the way, we know you took money from the Koch Brothers, Mr. Cuomo!) and say yes to our future.  TAP MAPLES NOT MARCELLUS!!!


One Response to “Tap Maples, Not Marcellus! Josh Dolan’s statement at the TCOG DEC Hearing, 12/1”

  1. Nick December 6, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Here’s a video montage of some of the best speakers at the hydrofracking hearing at the State Theater. Enjoy!


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