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CCE PRESS CENTER

MEDIA ADVISORY

For immediate release:
Thursday, January 14, 2010
For more information contact:
Erica Ringewald, Environmental Advocates of New York, (518) 210-9903,
Daniella Nordin, Environmental Advocates of New York, (518) 462-5526 x 239
Roger Downs, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, (518) 426-9144
Dereth Glance, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, (518) 339-2853

NEW YORKERS TO RALLY IN ALBANY, CALL ON GOV PATERSON & STATE LEADERS TO DELAY NATURAL GAS DRILLING RUSH

Rally in West Capitol Park Planned for January 25th

WHO: On January 25th, hundreds of concerned New Yorkers will join representatives from environmental and conservation groups including Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Environmental Advocates of New York, Sierra Club – Atlantic Chapter and Catskills Mountainkeeper, among others, at a rally in West Capitol Park on the west side of the New York State Capitol to call attention to what is arguably the most pressing threat to the health of the state’s environment—particularly our drinking water—the rush to drill for natural gas in the Southern Tier and Catskills regions.

WHAT: The natural gas industry is eager to drill in New York. Drilling companies propose to use a dangerous technique, called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” to extract natural gas buried beneath the rock of the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. In other parts of the country, fracking has poisoned wells and spilled toxic chemicals across landscapes.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently reviewing comments submitted on its draft natural gas drilling guidelines. The DEC’s draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement has been called inadequate by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York City Council, New York Department of Environmental Protection, and members of Congress including Representatives Hinchey, Arcuri, Massa and Nadler, among others.

WHEN: Monday, January 25, 2010
Rally scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.; program at 10:45 a.m.

WHERE: West Capitol Park on the west wide of the New York State Capitol Building

WHY: This is the first time in 2010 that New Yorkers will come to Albany to call on Governor David Paterson and other state leaders to protect New York’s environment from the dangers of natural gas drilling.

HOW: New Yorkers can sign up for the rally at http://www.citizenscampaign.org/fracking-action-day/register.asp
 

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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 dcoppola  1/14/10