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Anti-fracking groups gear up for protest in New York

From Green Right Now Reports The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is planning a rally in Albany to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep fracking out of the state. Opponents...

From Green Right Now Reports

The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is planning a rally in Albany to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to keep fracking out of the state.

Opponents of fracking in the Empire State are worried that the release of draft rules and regulations for gas wells in November has paved the way for gas well permits in advance of needed scientific scrutiny.

The required environmental impact statement is “supposed to serve as a scientific foundation” for the regulations, yet it’s not complete, NYAF complained in a news release. The coalition organization also cited several other points of contention with the way the state is proceeding toward allowing fracking, a procedure in which gas is released from deposits by blasting open shale rock thousands of feet underground. Opponents of fracking say the procedure could contaminate ground water and produces toxic waste that ends up either in waste wells or in waste water runoff.

The release appeals to groups around the state to join the Albany protest:

Let’s tell the Governor that everything about this process is wrong: it is backward, undemocratic, hasty, and irrational. A secret, 25-hour health review? Shockingly inadequate. An industry-influenced sGEIS? Fatally flawed. And cart-before-the-horse rulemaking? Un-fracking-believable.

See the Stop Fracking in New York website for details and ways to sign up for a bus ride to the protest at the Empire State Plaza in Albany during Cuomo’s State of the State Address at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2013.

Bus transportation is being arranged from several cities, including Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Binghamton, New York City and several smaller communities.


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