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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Tuesday, June 22, 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

WESTCHESTER COUNTY JOINS CALL FOR HYDRO-FRACKING MORATORIUM IN NEW YORK STATE

CCE applauds Legislator Harkham and the Westchester County Legislature for passing a resolution in support of a sensible statewide moratorium on the controversial and risky hydro-fracking proposal for gas. The Legislature further called for a ban on all hydro-fracking operations in the Catskill and Delaware watersheds. “New York State should stop the rush towards hydro-fraking and heed the call of Westchester County and other municipalities that passed resolutions against hydro-fracking until more meaningful science is available,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

“Flammable drinking water in Dimock to methane and fracking fluid spewing into the Pennsylvania sky, the warning signs on the dangers of hydro-fracking are crystal clear,” said Matt Wallach, CCE’s Hudson Valley Program Director. “Let’s learn from these series of fracking disasters,” Wallach added. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection adopted retroactive moratoriums on individual hydro-fracking companies. The New York State Legislature is considering legislation to delay the rush to drill in order to adequately protect New York’s air, land, water and public health.

The Westchester County resolution calls for a moratorium to give New Yorkers time to see the results of a congressionally directed EPA study on the effects of hydro-fracking and water supplies. This critical time provides the opportunity to fully understand the risks associated with this extraction process. “Gone are the days that we can trust the oil and gas industry to protect the public interests—CCE and our members join with Westchester County in demanding sound science, sustainable energy production, and protection of our priceless water resources,” concluded Esposito.

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by mwallach  6/17/10