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CITIZENS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT * COMMON CAUSE/NY * EARTHWORKS OIL & GAS ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT * ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES OF NEW YORK * NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * RIVERKEEPER * SIERRA CLUB ATLANTIC CHAPTER * THEODORE GORDON FLYFISHERS, INC. * TROUT UNLIMITED, INC. *
For immediate release:
Monday, August 2, 2010
For more information contact:
Erica Ringwald, Environmental Advocates of New York, 518-210-9903
Daniella Nordin, Environmental Advocates of New York, 518-462-5526 x 239
Dereth Glance, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, 518-339-2853
Susan Lerner, Common Cause/NY, 212-681-6421

GROUPS CALL ON NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO CALL A 'TIMEOUT' FOR FRACKING

Enviros & Good Government Watchdogs Tell Lawmakers to Pass a Moratorium for Hydraulic Fracturing Drilling Technique for Gas

(Albany, NY) – With the New York State Legislature scheduled to return to Albany and
hold a special Legislative Session on Tuesday, citizen groups, environmentalists and
good government organizations from across the state are demanding action on a critical
bill that would enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.


According to the good government group Common Cause New York, the oil and gas
industry have spent more than one million dollars, in the first half of 2010 alone,
lobbying to open New York State to such drilling.

 


The bill S. 8129B/A.11443B, sponsored by Senator Antoine Thompson (D-Buffalo) and
Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst), would suspend the issuance of permits
to hydraulically fracture wells in New York State until May 15, 2011. This “timeout” will
give the Department of Environmental Conservation enough time to finish its review of
hydraulic fracturing independent of political pressure. A timeout would also give the next
governor an opportunity to review the issue.


Such time is critical to allow for the thorough review needed to assess the potential risks
associated with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. In states such as Pennsylvania,
Colorado and Wyoming where the gas industry routinely uses hydraulic fracturing to drill
for natural gas, drinking and groundwater sources have been contaminated, poisoning
people and wildlife alike.

The organizations calling for lawmakers to act include Citizens Campaign for the
Environment, EARTHWORKS Oil & Gas Accountability Project, Environmental
Advocates of New York, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Riverkeeper,
Sierra Club-Atlantic Chapter, Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc., Trout Unlimited, Inc.,
and National Wildlife Federation.

 

 

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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 dglance  8/2/10