Village of Owego, NY Votes to Ban Fracking for 1 Year

Last night the Village of Owego (Tioga County, NY) became the second municipality in the Marcellus gas-rich Southern Tier area of New York state to vote for a temporary ban on fracking. The village board voted to ban fracking for one year to give the village a “time out to look at the documentation,” referring to the village’s master plan for not only drilling but flooding.

Thousands Gather for Stop the Frack Attack Rally

On Saturday, July 28th, more than 5,000 people rallied on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, DC, and then marched through the streets of DC as part of the Stop the Frack Attack Rally.  

Anti-Fracking Bail Fund

This is a fund to be used for bail when people fighting the use of hydraulic fracturing are arrested during a direct action at well sites, government officials' offices, corporate offices, and to block natural gas industry infrastructure. When arrestees attend their court dates, bail money is recycled back into the fund, so your donation helps more than once over time. Donations are not tax deductible. The fund will be deposited into a club account monthly at a small community bank. For more information, contact Alex Lotorto, (570) 269-9589


NATURAL GAS EXPOSED - If we don't end America's growing addiction to natural gas, the gas industry will ruin our communities, our health and our climate.

New York Fracking Moratorium Causes Drilling Company To Shut Off Gas In Avon, NY

 In the latest salvo in local battles over gas drilling, a company said Monday it's shutting down wells and turning off the free gas to landowners in a western New York town that passed a moratorium on drilling.

Tell New York Governor Cuomo that the road to the White House is not lined with fracking rigs!

Does Governor Andrew Cuomo have what it takes to be President of the United States? According to a recent New York Times article, his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, seems to think so. Leadership requires taking bold steps for the benefit of the public, but Governor Cuomo is doing the opposite in considering opening up New York state to fracking.


Science Trumped by Politics in Cuomo's NY Fracking Plans?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said repeatedly that, in making the decision on whether to allow horizontal hydrofracking in New York State, he wants to rely on “science, and not emotion.” He is relying on the NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to give him that science -- but an array of documents suggest the Governor is being badly served.

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Brendan DeMelle

Cuomo Calls for Curbing Money in Politics, But Will Money Influence His Decision on Fracking?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that reducing the role of money in politics will move to the top of his agenda: He will begin a push for campaign finance reform in the state. This is great news. But some are questioning whether Cuomo is ready to put his money where his mouth is right now, on an issue of critical importance: Pressure from big money lobbyists might be a factor pushing Cuomo's administration toward lifting a moratorium on the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Cuomo has indicated he will decide shortly, and he seems to be close to a decision to permit fracking in some areas.


Governor Cuomo offers limited support for hydrofracking in NY statae

Governor Andrew Cuomo has offered some support to a plan to permit hydraulic fracturing in New York state, in communities that welcome the gas drilling process.

Tell Gov. Cuomo: NY Isn't Ready For Fracking!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signaled that he is getting ready to allow gas companies to start fracking in New York. This decision could come at any moment. So he needs to hear from you today that New York is not ready for fracking. The governor is hinting that fracking will initially be limited to a few economically depressed areas of upstate New York.

Tell Gov. Cuomo that we should not subject our fellow New Yorkers to a health experiment—especially people without the money and political power to fight back against gas industry abuses. The gas has stayed in the ground for millions of years. It can stay there a little longer until experts can figure out if we can protect our health, communities and the environment from fracking.


American Water Works Association Statement on Hydrofracking

The American Water Works Association has joined with the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies and the National Association of Water Companies in issuing a joint policy statement on the protection of drinking water supplies from hydraulic fracturing and associated oil and gas development.


Coalition Cover Letter to Withdraw the draft SGEIS Before You Leave Office ... by Walter Hang

I write to provide a coalition letter that requests you to withdraw your Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) draft Marcellus Shale Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (draft SGEIS) before you leave office.

Senate Dems Accuse Cuomo Administration Of Consulting Gas Companies About Fracking Regulations

State Senate Democrats remain strongly opposed to a natural gas extraction process known as hydrofracking and they are now raising concerns that the Cuomo administration is being too cozy with the energy industry before potentially issuing permits. NY1’s Zack Fink filed the following report.


Aspen Ideas Fest Audience Decides Natural Gas Boom doing more Harm than Good

ASPEN — After an Oxford-style debate Sunday night, environmental attorneys Deborah Goldberg and Katherine Hudson convinced 15 percent of the audience here to change their minds about hydraulic fracturing. Before the debate, only 38 percent of the audience agreed that the detriments of hydraulic fracturing are greater than its benefits but afterward, 53 percent agreed fracking does more harm than good.

New York considers hydraulic fracking despite widespread concern

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently said the state may soon issue a decision on whether to begin hydraulic fracking, and that the best time to do it is when the legislature isn’t in session because he doesn’t want “a political discussion.” The fracking process involves injecting chemicals deep into the ground to release gas embedded in rock. It’s under fire in several states where opponents are concerned about contaminating water supplies, earthquakes and the toxic waste created during the process. 

Will NY Gov. Cuomo’s Fracking Plan be Limited to 4 Counties?

Is the Lucky Five counties in New York that will see drilling now the Lucky Four? You may recall a few weeks ago the New York Times, using an unnamed source inside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration (cough *Andy* cough), floated a “trial balloon” plan that will allow high volume hydraulic fracturing, i.e. fracking, for a limited number of permits in five Southern Tier counties for a two-year period: Broome, Chenango, Chemung, Steuben and Tioga (see this MDN story).

Cuomo’s dangerous deference to fracking firms exposed

Fracking in New York: Is It Worth The Risk?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is weighing a proposal to allow hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in several communities in New York State. Residents are deeply divided over the controversial drilling method. Supporters of "fracking" say it would give a much-needed financial boost to the affected communities. Those against it argue that the health and environmental risks far outweigh the rewards.

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