Times Union’s Capitol Confidential
Usually we call this the React-O-Mat — a digitized roster of reactions coming in the the wake of some big news event such as this morning’s trial balloon about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to move forward with a limited number of hydro-fracking wells in select upstate locations. But today I’ll call it the Frack-O-Mat with comments both for and against this form of gas development.
Some of the remarks also promote demonstrations both pro and con, now scheduled to take place at the Capitol on Thursday.
From New Yorkers Against Fracking:
In Response to Press Reports on Plan for Test Drilling, Anti-Fracking Coalition to Rally at Gov. Cuomo’s Office
Local Event is Part of Statewide Day of Action to Convince Gov. Cuomo, Legislators that Fracking is Too Dangerous for New York
WHAT: New Yorkers Against Fracking (NYAF), a broad-based statewide coalition of 125+ groups, will hold a rally on Thursday calling on Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a dangerous and highly controversial form of natural gas drilling that is being considered for approval by statewide leaders. The rally is part of a statewide day of action by NYAF to pressure Gov. Cuomo and key legislators to move forward with fracking-ban legislation. The rally comes on the heels of a report in the press today that indicates Cuomo may be moving toward a plan to allow facking in some parts of the state.
Advocates and concerned constituents will be holding the rally at 12 pm Thursday outside Gov. Cuomo’s office at the State Capitol.
WHO: New Yorkers Against Fracking – coalition partners represented will include Frack Action, Capital District Against Fracking and more
WHEN: Thursday, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WHERE: Outside Governor Cuomo’s office, State Capitol
About Hydraulic Fracking:
High volume hydraulic fracturing, combined with horizontal drilling, involves pumping millions of gallons of water, chemicals and sand underground to extract natural gas from shale bedrock. Multiple studies show how inherently dangerous it is. Most New Yorkers are wary of fracking. A recent Cornell poll found a majority of New Yorkers oppose legalizing fracking due to its potential to contaminate New York’s watersheds with carcinogens and other toxicants.
With or without regulations in place, fracking is a menace to public health. It lays down blankets of smog, fills roadway with trucks hauling hazardous materials, sends sediment into streams, and generates immense quantities of radioactive, carcinogen-laced waste for which no fail-safe disposal options exist.
About New Yorkers Against Fracking
New Yorkers Against Fracking , is 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. The full list of over 100 organizations can be found at: http://www.nyagainstfracking.org/members.
From Environmental Advocates:
In response to reports that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing that industrial gas drilling by means of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” be permitted in select communities, New York Water Rangers partners Catskill Mountainkeeper, Earthjustice, Earthworks, Environmental Advocates of New York, Environment New York, Otsego 2000, and Riverkeeper released the following statement:
“Based on our organizations’ review of the state’s draft fracking proposals, New York is absolutely not prepared to allow fracking-anywhere. The Department of Environmental Conservation has not yet undertaken a comprehensive health impacts assessment or cumulative impacts analysis, addressed significant concerns about fracking wastewater, closed the state’s hazardous waste loophole, or prohibited the use of toxic chemicals in fracking fluid.
Governor Cuomo’s proposal to permit fracking in municipalities that have self-identified as eager to do so does not address these critical problems or how communities’ health, and air and water quality will be protected from harm. Simply limiting the geographic and geological scope of gas development does not make it safe.
The Governor’s plan also raises questions regarding how communities will assess their readiness to allow fracking or prepare for and fund the damage caused by gas drilling, such as the readiness of local emergency and road maintenance services. The state has not conducted any analysis of community needs or if it has, the state has not shared any such analysis with New Yorkers.
For nearly four years, the Department of Environmental Conservation has given New Yorkers the opportunity to review the state’s fracking proposals as they are developed. The alternative described in the New York Times today is not included in the state’s draft environmental review-in fact, it is inconsistent with the current document. If the Governor’s proposal is real, a full analysis of it must be released for public scrutiny and comment before the state’s environmental review of fracking is finalized.”
The New York Water Rangers campaign is supported by a network of organizations working to protect the rights and health of New Yorkers and one of our most precious environmental resources-water-from the dangers of irresponsible, poorly regulated and under-inspected natural gas exploration and development. Visit www.CleanWaterNotDirtyDrilling.org to learn more.
From town officials who support hydro-fracking:
WITH OFFICIAL BACKING OF POTENTIALLY ELIGIBLE TOWNS, SUPERVISORS APPEAL FOR RESPONSIBLE GAS DRILLING
1 pm — Town supervisors from upstate New York will hold a news conference at the State Capitol to announce their support for responsible drilling for natural gas.
Each of the officials participating in the news conference comes from a municipality that actually has natural gas reserves and has recently approved a resolution in favor of responsible drilling.