Quantcast

Governor Cuomo: No Fracking Way!

Energy

New Yorkers Against Fracking

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.

RALLY

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.

Visit EcoWatch’s FRACKING page for more related news on this topic.

 

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Pexels

By Gavin Van De Walle, MS, RD

Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil and coconut oil are fats that have risen in popularity alongside the ketogenic, or keto, diet.

Read More Show Less
Pexels

By Bijal Trivedi

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report on Nov. 13 that describes a list of microorganisms that have become resistant to antibiotics and pose a serious threat to public health. Each year these so-called superbugs cause more than 2.8 million infections in the U.S. and kill more than 35,000 people.

Read More Show Less
Sponsored
Rool Paap / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

By Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Inflammation can be good or bad depending on the situation.

Read More Show Less

By Joe Vukovich

Under the guise of responding to consumer complaints that today's energy- and water-efficient dishwashers take too long, the Department of Energy has proposed creating a new class of dishwashers that wouldn't be subject to any water or energy efficiency standards at all. The move would not only undermine three decades of progress for consumers and the environment, it is based on serious distortions of fact regarding today's dishwashers.

Read More Show Less

By Emily Moran

If you have oak trees in your neighborhood, perhaps you've noticed that some years the ground is carpeted with their acorns, and some years there are hardly any. Biologists call this pattern, in which all the oak trees for miles around make either lots of acorns or almost none, "masting."

Read More Show Less
Sponsored

By Catherine Davidson

Tashi Yudon peeks out from behind a net curtain at the rooftops below and lets out a sigh, her breath frosting on the windowpane in front of her.

Some 700 kilometers away in the capital city Delhi, temperatures have yet to dip below 25 degrees Celsius, but in Spiti there is already an atmosphere of impatient expectation as winter settles over the valley.

Read More Show Less

The Dog Aging Project at the University of Washington is looking to recruit 10,000 dogs to study for the next 10 years to see if they can improve the life expectancy of man's best friend and their quality of life, as CNN reported.

Read More Show Less
Warragamba Dam on Oct. 23 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney's dams have been less than 50 percent full as drought conditions continue across New South Wales. Brook Mitchell / Getty Images

While Sydney faced "catastrophic fire danger" for the first time earlier this week, and nearly 130 wildfires continue to burn in New South Wales and Queensland, Sydney now faces another problem; it's running out of water.

Read More Show Less