We’re hosting a series of webinars about the Danskammer plant- alternatives for the gas plant site, the process of using fracked gas, community health risks, and more!

Danskammer & The community:

an online roundtable


Often those who bear the brunt of impacts from polluting projects and policies are not heard. It’s about time we talk about the facts and take action. Hear from community voices already engaged in both environmental and social justice work — including a faith-based organization, a local business, and members of Latinx and Indigenous communities — so that we can lift our voices to let decision-makers know we do not need or want this polluting plant!

This June 23rd, 2021 discussion is brought to you by the Stop Danskammer Coalition.

Panelists include:

Maria Ramirez (Newburgh LBGTQ Center)

Ahmad Free-Cohen (Melanin Unchained)

Colin Coyne (Storm King Adventure Tours)

Chief Vincent Mann (Turtle Clan Chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation/Three Munsee Sisters Farm)

Reverend Doctor Gregory Simpson (Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church)

Aria Valdez (Women’s Healthcare Issues)

Moderated by Nikki Chung (Scenic Hudson)

Q&A with Emily Skydel (Food & Water Watch)

Danskammer –

Isn’t it Worth Getting Right?
site Alternatives Webinar


When there’s an alternative that would offer lasting economic benefits and pose no threat to the health of your family and community, it makes no sense to build a polluting, gas-fired power plant on the Hudson River waterfront. There are better options for our region than the proposed new Danskammer gas plant.

Join us to hear about a concept for the site that would create jobs, lower taxes and support New York’s clean energy future. The experts in energy project finance and landscape architecture who developed it will explain its positive, long-term impacts to your community.


Flicker Filmworks Short Film Premiere & Panel discussion: 

 Stop Danskammer

This January 19th, 2021 film premiere features a discussion with the film maker and a panel of community leaders & speakers featured in the film.

Stop Danskammer is a short documentary set in Newburgh, NY, which shows how environmental and racial justice are two sides of the same coin. On one side, we meet local activists working hard to keep a fracked gas power plant from opening in their city–and who would think they would have to in a state where fracking is banned? On the other, we learn that dangerous projects like this are often built in communities of color, where developers believe the residents are least likely to defend themselves from the air and water pollution the projects cause. But the community of Newburgh refuses to conform to these expectations, and are standing up to say “Stop Danskammer!”

Film featuring:

  • Rene Meija, Jr (Nobody leaves Mid-Hudson)

  • Hayley Carlock, Esq. (Director of Environmental Advocacy at Scenic Hudson)

  • Mark Sanchez-Potter (Newburgh Clean Water Project)
  • Nickesha Chung (Community Outreach Coordinator at Scenic Hudson)
  • Aura Lopez Zarate (Raiz of Planned Parenthood)

  • Glenn Singleton (Racial Equity Leader of Courageous Conversation Global Foundation)

 Additional event panelists include:

  • David Gonzales (Director of the Courageous Conversation™ Certification Program) 
  • Kevindaryan Lujan (Orange County Legislator)
  • Tamsin Hollo (Newburgh Clean Water Project)
  •  Anthony Grice (Councilman for the City of Newburgh

Cycle of Harm
Fracked Gas Webinar Series


Join us for the final in our webinar series tracking the toxic journey of fracked gas. Our experts will be examine the lasting effects an expanded Danskammer plant would have on community health, economy, and the environment.

Panelists include:

  • Raghu Murthy (Staff Attorney, Earth Justice) will give an overview of the Danskammer proposal and explain how it will increase air pollution and contribute to the climate crisis.

  • Dr.Larysa Dyrszka, M.D. (Physicians for Social Responsibility-NY, Concerned Health Professionals of New York) will speak about the health impacts of gas plants.

  • Bill Kish (stopcricketvalley.org, TIAADivest) will describe residents’ experiences when a new gas plant (Cricket Valley Energy Center) was built in their Dutchess County community.

  • Emily Skydel (Hudson Valley Organizer, Food & Water Watch) will share ways people can unite to stop Danskammer.

  • Hayley Carlock (Director of Environmental Advocacy, Scenic Hudson) will moderate a Q&A following the presentations.

Cycle of Harm
Fracked Gas Webinar Series
Part Two: Transmission


Our webinar series tracking the toxic journey of fracked gas from Pennsylvania well fields to the proposed new Danskammer plant in the Town of Newburgh continues with a session focused on transmission. Experts and community members will share details about gas infrastructure, including pipelines, compressor stations, and wastewater disposal and then field questions from the audience.

Panelists include:

  • Owl (Member, Ramapough Munsee Lenape Nation) speaking from an Indigenous perspective about land issues as they relate to fossil fuel industry, and the relationship between indigenous communities and pipelines
  • Kim Fraczek (Director of Sane Energy Project) showcasing the You Are Here Map, and examining the big picture of fracked gas infrastructure
  • Dr. Courtney M. Williams (Cofounder of Safe Energy Rights Group and Coordinator for Resist Spectra) speaking about the effects of pipelines and compressor stations and the lack of transparency and accountability of pipeline companies
  • Dr. Murray McBride (Environmental toxicologist and professor at Cornell University) speaking about radioactivity and fracking waste
  • Hayley Carlock (Director of Environmental Advocacy for Scenic Hudson) will moderate Q&A

Cycle of Harm
Fracked Gas Webinar Series
Part One: Extraction


Scenic Hudson’s Envision Summer Series continues with Cycle of Harm, a three-part webinar series tracking the toxic journey of fracked gas from Pennsylvania well fields to the proposed new Danskammer plant in the Town of Newburgh. Each session will feature experts and community members speaking about how fracked gas contributes to the climate crisis, harms human and environmental health and exploits communities.

Part one, focused on the environmental and community impacts of the extraction process, will feature a discussion moderated by Scenic Hudson Director of Advocacy Hayley Carlock followed by a Q&A.

Panelists include:

  • Tim Guinee (Actor & Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project) speaking about the implications of climate change for the Hudson Valley and the nation
  • Lois Bower-Bjornson (Clean Air Council/Frackland Tours) speaking about her experience as a resident living near fracking wells
  • Wes Gilliingham (Co-founder & Associate Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper) speaking on the myth of fracked gas as a bridge fuel
  • Karen Edelstein (Eastern Program Director at FracTracker Alliance) discussing power mapping and how communities can have a voice against the damage of fracked gas

Danskammer and Public Health
May 6, 2020


Join us to learn more about the dangers of Danskammer, a new fracked gas plant proposed for the shore of the Hudson River in Newburgh.

Dr. David Carpenter, MD, Director of SUNY’s Institute for Health and the Environment will discuss the impacts of gas plants on air quality and public health, with a special focus on respiratory illness.

Newburgh City Council member Anthony Grice will speak about the risks to community health and welfare posed by the plant.

Scenic Hudson Director of Advocacy Hayley Carlock will moderate.

Sign up for Updates

Hear from us a few times a month about events, actions & moreOpt out at anytime!

You have Successfully Subscribed!