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For immediate release:
Friday, January 22, 2010
For more information contact:
Dereth Glance, Executive Program Director, 518- 339-2853
Sarah Eckel, Policy Analyst, 202-486-9007
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150

WHAT'S THE HYDRO-FRACKING RUSH?

CCE Releases Report Urging Protection of New York’s Water, Land, Air & People; Hundreds of New Yorkers to Rally at State Capitol Monday January 25th

Syracuse, NY—Today, Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) releases Protecting New York's Air, Land, Water and People—What's the Hydro-Fracking Rush? The report outlines the problems of the controversial “hydro-fracking” plan being proposed in the Marcellus and Utica shale and provides key policy recommendations for elected officials. Hydro-fracking or high volume hydraulic fracturing, is a potentially dangerous method of natural gas drilling that threatens to contaminate NY’s water, land, and air. On Monday, January 25th, at the west side of the State Capitol Building, hundreds of members of the public, from across NYS, will call on Governor Paterson and the NYS Legislature to delay the rush to drill and stand up for the protection of our water, land, and air.

Protecting New York’s Air, Land, Water & People raises significant concerns with hydro-fracking and specifically urges local, state, and federal leaders to demand answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the treatment and disposal plan for millions, if not billions, of toxic, caustic, and potentially radioactive liquid hydro-fracking waste?
  2. What is the cumulative environmental toll from hydro-fracking emissions and chemicals? 
  3. Who pays?

“While gas is valuable, clean air to breathe and safe water to drink are priceless,” said Dereth Glance, CCE Executive Program Director. “Until hydro-fracking is proven safe and the true costs are exposed ; we need to STOP New York’s rush to drill.”

Hydro-fracking is severely under-regulated, as the gas industry is exempted from critical environmental and public health protections including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and Superfund. These exemptions raise significant concerns regarding land-owner liability, toxic air emissions, and drinking water contamination.

“Slowing down the rush to drill allows New York to learn from the devastating hydro-fracking consequences other states are experiencing,” said Sarah Eckel, CCE Policy Analyst. “The public needs New York’s leadership to ensure we have safe water to drink and clean air to breathe.”

The public concern with hydro-fracking is overwhelming. During the public comment period, which closed December 31, 2009, more than 15,000 New Yorkers joined with CCE in calling for a moratorium and expressed specific concerns that the DEC’s draft guidelines to govern hydro-fracking are gravely deficient. Hundreds of New Yorkers will converge at the State Capitol on Monday, January 25, at 11:00am, to rally and urge state leaders to not compromise New York’s clean air and water to hydro-fracking. Members of the public will then meet with over 60 state legislators.

“The public is demanding time to provide legislative oversight, complete critical drinking water and liquid waste treatment plans, and ensure New Yorker’s will not have to pay to clean up toxic hydro-fracking pollution from the Catskills to Allegheny,” said Adrienne Esposito, CCE Executive Director.

Protecting New York’s Air, Land, Water and People: What’s the Hydro-Fracking Rush? is available at www.citizenscampaign.org/hfrac. Printed copies will be available at the State Capitol on Monday, January 25, 2010, at 11:00am.

For more information on Monday’s Rally please visit www.citizenscampaign.org/hfrac

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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  1/22/10