Target: New York Governor Mario Cuomo
Goal: Don’t allow fracking in towns along the Pennsylvania border.
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a recently developed method of drilling for natural gas that involves injecting water and chemicals into the ground to break apart rock and release natural gas.
The Cuomo administration is considering allowing fracking in towns along the Pennsylvania border, a region that has been predicted to produce significant amounts of natural gas. The proposal follows recent decisions in several states to begin issuing fracking permits.
The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York is looking to lease land for drilling, and has already pushed some towns to pass resolutions in support of drilling. “We’re encouraged,” said the head of the landowner group, Dan Fitzsimmons. “It appears as though the administration is trying to move the ball forward. There are many communities that are eager to proceed.”
However, many towns have also passed moratoriums on drilling, and environmental groups are radically opposed to the plan, the effects of which would likely include water and air pollution. In addition to the public health hazards of fracking itself, Governor Cuomo’s proposal to allow it in some communities and not in others will create social division. The communities most likely to support fracking and invest in natural gas are the ones most in need of an economic boost and consequently willing to risk the health of their residents for the promise of job creation and investment.
“Partitioning our state into frack and no-frack zones based on economic desperation is a shameful idea, and we will actively oppose its implementation,” said Sandra Steinberger, founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking.
As more and more states pursue measures that open up their land to fracking in response to calls for energy independence and the growing scarcity of fossil fuels, the need for a clear message is becoming greater. Drilling for natural gas at the expense of the environment and the health of US residents only prolongs our reliance on fossil fuels. It is time we take action to stop the spread of legislation that permits fracking across the US. Sign the petition below to urge Governor Cuomo to reject the plan to allow drilling in parts of New York.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
I understand that you are considering allowing fracking in parts of New York. Fracking itself is a major threat to public health due to the air and water pollution that it produces. In addition, the proposal to allow it in some communities and not in others will create social division, as the towns most likely to support fracking and invest in natural gas are the ones suffering economically and in need of a job creation boost.
Investing in natural gas drilling only prolongs our reliance on fossil fuels, and in the process, it threatens the beauty and the safety of our environment. I hope that you will consider the potential consequences of a decision to lift New York’s ban on fracking. As more and more states pursue similar measures that open up their land to natural gas drilling, the need is growing for a new message that takes into account the severe environmental and public health risks. I urge you to be the first to defend such a message by rejecting the plan to allow fracking in parts of New York.
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