A huge step in the right direction was taken last night by the New York State Senate when they voted to put a moratorium on hydro-fracking for one year so that there might be time for further study.
New York Times
N.Y. Senate Approves Fracking Moratorium
Over two thirds of our Senators, including 28 Democrats and 20 Republicans, voted to pass a bill placing a one-year moratorium on “hydro-fracking” — banning this controversial method of gas drilling while experts study the risks it poses to the purity and safety of our drinking water. These leaders bravely defied the threats of the drilling lobby and stood up for the health of all New Yorkers. They genuinely deserve our thanks. – Working Families Party
Report on Pennsylvania natural gas drilling tallies 1,400 violations
“The issue of hydrofracking has become one of the most talked about issues in Upstate New York. I believe we should take a cautious, deliberate approach as we decide how to proceed as a state,” State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and vice president pro tempore of the Senate, said in a news release today. “I voted in favor of a moratorium on hydrofracking because it will provide us with the opportunity to carefully weigh the potential risks to the environment against the potential economic benefits, to learn from other states, and to make an informed decision on the issue.” – CNY Business Journal
Avoiding America’s next drilling disaster
Our work isn’t done yet!
The State Assembly still has to pass this, in September. We must not let up on the pressure, not one bit. Toward that end, please join my never-joins-anything husband Dave at the rally tomorrow:
SAY NO TO HYDRO-FRACKING
Thursday August 12, 2010
Gather in front of Syracuse City Hall
Walk (scooter, bike, skateboard) around the State Office Building