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CCE PRESS CENTER

MEDIA ADVISORY

For immediate release:
Friday, June 18, 2010
For more information contact:
Matt Wallach, Program Coordinator, 914-997-0946, 516-816-1718 (mobile), mwallach@citizenscampaign.org
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

CRITICAL VOTE IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY LEGISLATURE TO PROTECT DRINKING WATER

The Westchester County Legislature will vote on a resolution calling for a state-wide moratorium on hydro-fracking, and a ban on hydro-fracking in the Delaware and Catskill watersheds. Hydro-fracking is an industrial gas extraction method which requires enormous amounts of water and chemicals to release the natural gas. This process produces toxic and potentially radioactive liquid waste that risks ground and surface water quality.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is in the final stages of review of this new technology. Many counties, cities, and towns are concerned with the inadequacies of this review process and are passing resolutions to protect their watershed and watersheds across the state. More than 20,000 New Yorkers support a moratorium on hydro-fraking until the EPA completes a study that examines the risks between hydro-fracking and drinking water contamination. If the resolution passes, Westchester County will be the latest municipality to stand up for its residents and request sound science, more time, and a ban on drilling in critical areas.

WHO: Westchester County Board of Legislators

WHEN: Monday, June 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: 800 Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains, New York

Text of Westchester County Resolution is located here

Additional NYS municipalities that have enacted hydro-fracking resolutions is available here


 

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updated by seckel  6/17/10