Target: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Permanently ban fracking in New York State
Hydraulic fracturing, the extraction of natural gas from shale rock, has been temporarily prohibited in New York since 2008. Unfortunately, this moratorium is ending and New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo must permanently ban the practice or allow it to resume. Fracking is very dangerous to the environment and to our own well-being. The spread of the practice must be stopped.
Also known as ‘fracking,’ hydraulic fracturing involves pumping chemicals into bedrock to free the gas within. This process brings heavy metals, salt, and radiation to shallower groundwaters, often polluting the local drinking supply. On top of this, used chemicals are pumped back into the earth and left there permanently. Studies show that chemicals pumped into the rock also pollute the air.
Fracking has been confirmed as the causal factor in a string of over 100 Ohio earthquakes. The earthquakes occurred in an area where, prior to natural gas extraction, there was no known seismic activity. Therefore, fracking caused the earthquakes.
As seen in the documentary GasLand, fracking releases methane and other chemicals into local drinking water. The result is the shocking ability to light one’s drinking water on fire. Water, as an essential and non-renewable resource, must not be poisoned in this manner. Unusable water would have drastic effects on agriculture and the basic cost of living.
Governor Cuomo has said that he will make a decision before Election Day 2014 because, when it comes to his decision on fracking, “It’s more important to be right than fast.” Sign this petition to urge him to make the right decision and ban fracking from New York when the time comes.
Dear Governor Andrew Cuomo,
Fracking is a seriously dangerous practice. Besides causing 100 earthquakes in Ohio, fracking has been shown to cause drastic air and water pollution. The level of methane pollution in water has resulted in people being able to light their drinking water on fire. Water, as an essential and non-renewable resource, must be preserved to protect agriculture and to keep cost of living low.
You have said that you want to make the right decision on fracking. The impact on the environment and our well-being is too harmful for the right decision to be anything but a state-wide ban on fracking. I urge you to implement a state-wide ban as soon as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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