A Meeting In A Part
by Wendell Berry
In a dream I meet
my dead friend. He has,
I know, gone long and far,
and yet he is the same
for the dead are changeless.
They grow no older.
It is I who have changed,
grown strange to what I was.
Yet I, the changed one,
ask: “How you been?”
He grins and looks at me.
“I been eating peaches
off some mighty fine trees.”
My old pal, Cris McConkey, has passed away by Chip Northrup, December 29, 2015, No Fracking Way
….Cris was always behind the camera – never in front of it. … More importantly, his unblinking eye recorded many of the key moments, key presentations, and major rallies that led to the New York Frack Ban. Cris would grumble like an angry gnome, he’d complain, he’d call you out when you were out of line. And then he would get the job done. It might take forever, but Cris always got the job done – no matter where, no matter what the hour. Cris was shooting and posting video right up until the end – this was from September 17, long after he was diagnosed as terminally ill. Cris died defending his position. …
Bill Huston writes: “I’ve just learned that Cris McConkey, the founder of Shaleshock Media…died this morning at his home near Ithaca. His Dad and brother were with him. Thanks Cris, for all your hard work and dedication. It would be hard to imagine where we would be today without you.”
2011 12 13:
Hydraulic fracturing as it’s practiced today will contaminate our aquifers. Not might contaminate our aquifers. Hydraulic fracturing will contaminate New York’s aquifers.
If you were looking for a way to poison the drinking water supply…you couldn’t find a
more chillingly effective and thorough method of doing so than with hydraulic
Chemicals injected into the aquifer will persist for many lifetimes. When contamination occurs — and it will occur — we will all pay for it, regardless of where we live. Proving responsibility for groundwater contamination is difficult, costly and time-consuming, and while corporate lawyers drag out proceedings for years, everyone’s taxes will pay for the subsurface investigations, the whole-house filtration systems, the unending lab analyses.
… If your well goes bad, neither you, nor your children, nor their children will ever be able to get safe, clean water back. That’s too high a price.
–Dr. Paul Hetzler, past environmental engineering technician, NYSDEC Region 5
Sponsored by The People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. and the Coalition to Protect New York. Produced and edited by Cris McConkey for Shale Shock Media. Camera: Cris McConkey and Bill Huston. Sound: Bo Lipari. Lighting.: Cris McConkey. Bill Huston, and Francis Caver.
Truth and Consequences of Fracking 74 min. by ShaleShockMedia
Video cover image filmed by Cris McConkey of Ernst presenting at Elmira, New York, with one of her slides
Q & A after Truth and Consequences of Fracking 45 min. by ShaleShockMedia
2012 05 23: A few days after the Elmira event, Cris filmed Ernst and Ingraffea at Ithaca in the evening, and earlier in conversation at Cornell University Plantations
It was Cris’ idea to film Ingraffea and Ernst in conversation.
Cris produced these clips in January 2015, after he was diagnosed with cancer, wanting them archived. Andrew Nikiforuk reported on this conversation in his book Slick Water.
4 autoplay clips, 38:37 Min.
“The one thing I am firm about is that I don’t see any place for fracking,”
De Blasio said there should be a statewide moratorium on fracking “until the day comes that we can actually prove it’s safe and I don’t think that day is coming any time soon.”
2014 12 17: New York State to ban fracking because of red flags to public health. Health Commissioner Howard Zucker: “Would I let my child play in a school field nearby? After looking at the plethora of reports, my answer would be no.”