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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
For more information contact:
Dereth Glance, CCE Executive Program Director, 518-339-2853, dglance@citizenscampaign.org
Sarah Eckel, CCE Policy Analyst, 202-486-9007, seckel@citizenscampaign.org

CCE STATEMENT TO THE PRESS ON ONONDAGA COUNTY’S VOTE TO SAFEGUARD RESIDENTS FROM THE ILL-EFFECTS OF HYDRO-FRACKING

Today the Onondaga County legislature voted in favor of a binding policy to prohibit hydro-fracking activities on any county-owned lands. The Legislature also passed a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to consider restoring environmental and public health regulations to the under-regulated hydro-fracking industry. CCE applauds the Legislature’s vote to enact this proactive and sensible policy to help protect our air, land, water, communities and public health.

High volume hydraulic fracturing—or hydro-fracking—is a controversial, resource intensive, and polluting method to extract natural gas from shale formations. The DEC ‘s proposed rules are widely viewed as deficient, as articulated by the US EPA, City of Syracuse, the DEC’s union of professional staff, over 2500 Onondaga County residents, and thousands of others. The massive volumes of toxic, caustic, and radioactive liquid waste by-products, as well as the voluminous extraction of freshwater resources, combined with heavy truck traffic and emissions pose unacceptable risks to our drinking water, air quality, public health, and community character.

At the heart of the County is Onondaga Lake, which is in the process of cleaning up a legacy of municipal contamination and toxic industrial pollution. The Onondaga County community understands the lessons—and costs—of living with pollution all too well. CCE is thrilled that the County Legislature has said: Yes to clean water, Yes to renewable energy, Yes to pollution prevention, Yes to sustainability, and Yes to banning hydro-fracking on County owned lands.

For more information on CCE’s hydro-fracking campaign visit: www.citizenscampaign.org/hydrofracking

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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  2/2/10