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For immediate release:
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
Dereth Glance, Executive Program Director, 518-339-2853 (mobile), dglance@citizenscampaign.org

CCE APPLAUDS NYS ASSEMBLY FOR PASSING HYDRO-FRACKING TIME-OUT

Albany, NY- Responding to the inherent risks from hydrofracking and the overwhelming public demand for action, NYS Assembly voted 93-43 for a “time-out” hydro-fracking for gas drilling in New York State until May 15 2011. Strongly backed by the public, the Assembly’s action now sends the legislation to Governor Paterson.

“The people have spoken, and the Legislature has listened and recognized that hydro-fracking should wait,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “Over 85,000 citizens signed petitions and 36,000 individuals wrote letters to New York State leaders urging adoption of a proactive moratorium to protect our air, land, water, and communities”

New York State Assembly Environmental Conservation chair Robert K. Sweeney led the charge in the Assembly. Assemblymember Steven Englebright, the State Legislature's lone geologist, explained how hydro-fracking activities threaten the state’s land, water, and air. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton clearly articulated the adverse economic impact from the drastic boom and bust reality from industrial drilling, while expounding upon the pollution potential.

High volume hydraulic fracturing is a resource intensive and polluting method of gas extraction that has gained notoriety in New York for its potential use to develop Marcellus Shale. Families living among hydro-fracking operations in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Texas have had their water fouled, roads destroyed, and property values plummet from industrial gas operations.

“Congratulations to the underdogs that fought back the gas industry to preserve what we hold so dear: our homes, clean water, fresh air, and community. Together we do make a difference,” Esposito concluded.

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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 seckel  11/30/10