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Tell Governor Cuomo: Don't lift New York's fracking ban!


On Thursday, The New York Times reported that Governor Cuomo would be ending New York State's ban on horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing (also known as fracking).[1]

Though the Administration initially called the claim "baseless," Cuomo's Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) late Thursday issued a statement confirming the report.[2]

The effective ban on this dangerous method of drilling for natural gas was put in place late last year by an executive order from former Governor David Patterson.

On Friday, as the ban expires, the NYS DEC will announce its recommendations that some fracking be allowed in New York. It's essential we do everything we can to urge Governor Cuomo to maintain the ban, and protect New York's water from dangerous fracking.

Tell Gov. Cuomo: Don't lift New York's fracking ban!

While the NYS DEC will recommend protecting some areas from fracking, including the watersheds of New York City and Syracuse, they will allow it in others. According to the Times this "would open up New York to one of the fastest-growing -- critics would say reckless -- areas of the energy industry."

If you're just learning about fracking, it's a relatively new method of drilling for natural gas by injecting water and a mix of nasty, toxic chemicals thousands of feet underground, literally cracking the rock to release trapped gas.[3]

These chemicals, along with methane gas, can leak through well casings into groundwater, poisoning the water, and in many cases literally causing people's tap water to light on fire![4]

Fracking poses many other threats to our water, including the release into rivers and streams of insufficiently treated, and often radioactive, fracking wastewater.[5]

Incredibly, the EPA has been prevented from regulating fracking under the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act, by a loophole created by Dick Cheney in his secretive and insider-friendly 2005 energy policy.

That's why New York State's ban is so important. Take action now to urge Governor Cuomo to preserve New York's fracking ban, and protect New York's water from dangerous fracking.

Tell Gov. Cuomo: Don't lift New York's fracking ban!


1. Cuomo Will Seek to Lift Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing," New York Times, June 30, 2011.

2. New Recommendations Issued in Hydraulic Fracturing Review," New York Department of Environmental Conservation, June 30, 2011. 

3. Hydraulic Fracturing 101," EARTHWORKS. 

4. Burning Tap Water and More: GASLAND Exposes the Natural Gas Industry," Treehugger, June 25, 2010. 

5. Regulation Lax as Gas Wells' Tainted Water Hits Rivers," New York Times, February 26, 2011.

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