Do Not Allow Hydraulic Fracturing (‘Fracking’) in New York

Target: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Goal: Do not allow hydrofracking in the state of New York and invest in renewable energy alternatives instead.

At the end of August 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York will announce whether or not he will allow hydrofracking in the state. For years, New York has been able to avoid fracking projects due to a long- standing moratorium. If Gov. Cuomo decides to permit hydrofracking now, he will be putting countless families and communities at risk.

Hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, is a proven dirty and dangerous activity that only brings profit to the coal and natural gas industry. Though fracking has never occurred in New York, the Marcellus Shale region of the country has already experienced the negative consequences of fracking, including contaminated water, polluted air and even earthquakes. Scientific research on previous hydrofracking projects in other states has demonstrated that fracking causes people and wildlife to experience significant adverse health effects.

Communities should not have to jeopardize their drinking water and their health in order for the natural gas industry and a few corrupt politicians to make a profit. This is especially true when there are clean energy alternatives to dirty fracking. Instead of moving forward with an activity known to be dangerous, Governor Cuomo should push for renewable energy and efficiency technologies to combat the worst impacts of climate change and the greedy fossil fuel industry. Doing so would send a powerful message that a political shift is feasible in order to pave the way for a new clean energy economy in the country.

Sign the petition below to urge Governor Cuomo to abandon his proposal for a fracking pilot project in New York and prioritize clean energy alternatives instead.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Cuomo,

I am writing to express my strong opposition to your plan to permit hydrofracking in New York. Hydraulic fracturing is a proven dirty and dangerous activity that poses severe adverse effects to human health and wildlife. For years, New York has been able to avoid fracking projects due to a long-standing moratorium. If you decide to permit hydrofracking now, you will be putting countless families and communities at risk.

Though fracking has never occurred in New York, the Marcellus Shale region of the country has already experienced the negative consequences of fracking, including contaminated water, polluted air and even earthquakes. Scientific research on previous hydrofracking projects in other states has demonstrated that fracking can poison wildlife and cause people to suffer significant health problems.

Communities should not have to jeopardize their drinking water and their health when there are clean energy alternatives to dirty fracking. As Governor, instead of moving forward with an activity known to be dangerous, you should push for renewable energy and efficiency technologies. Doing so would send a powerful message that a political shift is feasible in order to pave the way for a new clean energy economy in the country.

Please abandon your proposal to allow a fracking pilot project in New York and prioritize clean energy alternatives instead.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. First of all, I wouldn’t sign your petition because I am not convinced that hydraulic fracturing is as unsafe as you believe it is.

    However, even if I did agree 100% with you, I wouldn’t sign a premade petition letter because if a politician receives these cookie-cutter correspondence, they are going to realize it’s part of a coordinated effort by a special-interest group rather than outraged citizens offering an individual -yet powerful- opinion on a given matter.

    Having said that, your above letter should act as a guideline as to what to say in any correspondence directed at Gov. Cuomo on this matter.

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