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The New York Times reported today that Governor Andrew Cuomo is pursuing a policy that would allow fracking in a few of the most impoverished New York counties in the southwestern part of the state. Fracking would be allowed in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga Counties, but only in individual towns that agree to it. It also would only take effect if state regulators at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officially approve the fracking process in New York state.
New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of diverse organizations that oppose fracking, issued the following statement in response to the New York Times report:
"Sending a polluting industry into our most economically impoverished communities is a violation of environmental justice," said New Yorkers Against Fracking founder Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., a biologist and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College. Steingraber notes that at least one Southern Tier community is already struggling with excess cancer rates and birth defects as a result of past boom-and-bust industrial practices that have left plumes of contaminated groundwater in their wake.
"The pregnant mother who drinks unfiltered water from a rural well in the Susquehanna River valley has the same right to environmental protection as the mother in Manhattan who drinks unfiltered water brought to her from the off-limits New York City watershed, " said Steingraber.
"Partitioning our state into frack and no-frack zones based on economic desperation is a shameful idea, and we will actively oppose its implementation. Demonstration projects are another name for sacrifice zones. And there are no children and counties in our beloved state that we are willing to sacrifice."
CALL TO ACTION
Call Gov. Cuomo at 866-584-6799 and tell him, "It is not ok to sacrifice any part of New York, fracking would create the greatest health and environmental disaster in New York's history, if you break it you own it."
JOIN THE FACEBOOK & TWITTER ACTIONS
"Like" Governor Cuomo's Facebook page and post:
"It is not ok to sacrifice any part of New York, fracking would create the greatest health and environmental disaster in New York's history, if you break it you own it."
Tweet this: #Fracking would create the greatest health and environmental disaster in NY's history, and @NYGovCuomo if you break it, you own it.
What: Demonstration outside DEC Region 7 Headquarters
When: Thursday, June 14 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Where: 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY
Join us in rallying for a statewide ban on fracking outside of the DEC regional headquarters in Syracuse, NY. It is not okay to turn any part of New York or any New Yorkers into sacrificial fracking guinea pigs. The science is clear that nothing short of a statewide ban on fracking will protect New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo and the DEC need do their job and protect every New Yorker.
Bring your signs and bring your voice. Sign suggestions: No Sacrifice Zone, Protect Every New Yorker, We Are Not Fracking Guinea Pigs! and DEC: Do Your Job! Stop the Fracking Insanity!
New Yorkers Against Fracking, a new coalition of diverse organizations that support a fracking ban, are joining together to tell Governor Cuomo and our leaders in Albany to stand up for New Yorkers to keep our water and our state safe by banning hydrofracking.
Founding members of New Yorkers Against Fracking include statewide and national organizations like Citizen Action of New York, New York State Breast Cancer Network, Food & Water Watch, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Frack Action, Water Defense, the Working Families Party joining with local grassroots anti-fracking groups and business in each part of the state such as Brewery Ommegang, Frack-Free Catskills and Fingerlakes Clean Waters Initiative and many more. Click here for a full list of the more than 100 organizations involved.
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., author, biologist, advocate and recent winner of the prestigious Heinz Award for her life's work, donated a significant portion of her award to help prevent fracking in New York—providing the seed money for this effort. Diagnosed with cancer in her youth, Steingraber is a central voice in the fight against fracking and has devoted her career to understanding the ways in which chemical contaminants in air, water and food endanger human health.
Sandra will serve as an honorary member of the New Yorkers Against Fracking advisory committee. Joining Sandra as honorary advisory committee members will be Niagara native, former Love Canal resident and founder of Center for Health, Environment and Justice Lois Gibbs and outspoken anti-fracking advocate and upstate resident and actor Mark Ruffalo, co-founder of Water Defense.
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