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For immediate release:
Saturday, December 11, 2010
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-380-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
Dereth Glance, Executive Program Director, 518-339-2853 (mobile), dglance@citizenscampaign.org
Sarah Eckel, Legislative Director, 202-486-9007 (mobile), seckel@citizenscampaign.org


Victory for Clean Water and Democracy

Albany, NY--On Saturday, December 11, 2011 Governor Paterson issued an Executive Order prohibiting horizontal hydraulic fracturing until July 1, 2011. This major victory for New York State's air, land, water and people, serves the public interest over corporate greed.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) found overwhelming and growing public support for New York State to slow the rush to drill using the resource-intensive and polluting hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract natural gas from shale formations like the Marcellus and Utica. More than 100,000 New York State citizens have signed petitions, wrote letters, and made phone calls to Governor Paterson in support of the "fracking time out".

CCE applauds Governor Paterson for understanding the public's deep concern with the consequences of generically permitting fracking operations throughout New York State. Contaminated water supplies for communities in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming have been linked to fracking operations. The Executive Order allows the incoming Governor to use the next seven months wisely to ensure the protection of New York State's priceless natural resources water, air and public health.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a national study on water and fracking. Most recently on December 7, 2010 the USEPA issued an "Imminent and Substantial Endangerment Order to Protect Drinking Water in Southern Parker County" and ordered the Range Natural Gas Company to stop polluting the community drinking water. More details on USEPA's action are located here: http://www.epa.gov/region6



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  12/11/10