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Seneca Lake Pure Waters Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting for Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association will be held on Wednesday, August 18th from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Harbor Hotel, 16 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY. The Association’s largest public meeting each year, members and the general public are invited to attend this special evening on Seneca Lake. Our guest speakers will discuss the potential impacts on Seneca Lake of the anticipated increase in natural gas drilling in the watershed: Dr. Ron Bishop will be speaking about natural gas extraction from shales, with updates on technologies, economics and politics associated with this industry, and suggested action items for concerned citizens”. Dr. Adam Law will be speaking on the potential health effects of natural gas drilling. His interest in unconventional natural gas drilling was triggered at the end of 2009 when patients started asking him about the dangers of high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing and its effects on health – particularly the effects on endocrine disruption. A reading of the available evidence has convinced him that there is insufficient scientific information on the health effects of natural gas drilling and that there should be a moratorium on the basis of the Precautionary Principle. He has inspired the physicians of Tompkins County to take a public stand on this issue. First, by a unanimous vote of the Tompkins County Medical Society in favor of a moratorium at their annual general meeting; Second, 70 physicians signed a petition that has been published as an advert in the Ithaca Journal and also sent to local and state officials.Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM, a business meeting will begin at 7:30 PM, and the keynote presentations will begin at 8 PM. The pubic is welcome to attend. Dinner ticket information can be found at www.senecalake.org. There is no charge for those wishing to attend the Business meeting and presentations beginning at 7:30 PM. Please let us know if you will be attending the Business meeting and presentations so that we will have seating available by contacting us at SLPWA@senecalake.org.About the Speakers:Ron Bishop holds a B.A. in chemistry from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. In his 17 years of full-time research, Dr. Bishop’s projects focused on cancer and bio-safety. For the last 13 years, Ron has taught a variety of science courses in high schools and colleges, including biology, genetics, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry and environmental sciences. He currently teaches organic chemistry at SUNY Oneonta, and is nationally certified in hazardous materials management. Ron’s background includes extensive construction experience and more than two years of experience as an investigative journalist. He is a member of steering committees for Sustainable Otsego and the Coalition to Protect New York.Adam Law received his medical degree at the University of London. After his clinical training he studied for a Masters degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in molecular medicine. He moved to the USA in 1988 as a European Molecular Biology Organization post-doctoral fellow and studied in the Department of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He was a NIH post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Biochemistry at Cornell University until 1994. Since then he has been a full time clinical endocrinologist and internal medicine specialist and attending physician at the Cayuga Medical Center, where he was president of the medical staff in 2009.

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