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NYS Senate votes to ban fracking for 1 year

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

Syracuse Post-Standard
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

Philadelphia Inquirer
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:


Thursday  August 12, 2010

5:30-6:00 pm

Gather in front of Syracuse City Hall

Walk (scooter, bike, skateboard) around the State Office Building

Bring Signs

More information here

Fracking in my back yard

NIMBY: Not In My Back Yard.  But fracking already is in the back yard: Pennsylvania. Soon to be in New York if we do not act.

Why will I fail to act? Because disaster this preposterous just can’t happen in my back yard. I can’t believe it. I can’t wrap my mind around it.

Right. Tell that to anyone living on the Gulf Coast.

I received this today and reproduce it here verbatim, bolding mine:

“Tap water set on fire… 50-foot-high flare expected to continue burning for three or four more days…Twenty-eight cattle quarantined…Drinking water turned brown.”

These are just a few of the news items hitting headlines in the last month, from Pennsylvania to Texas, and they’re all related to an increasingly-used destructive practice called hydraulic fracturing. Can you ask your representative to protect drinking water, communities and the environment by passing the FRAC Act?

We’ve seen scores of documented cases of drinking water contamination near natural gas drilling sites, likely from the toxic mixture they inject into the ground for hydraulic fracturing. Due to a legislative loophole, we can’t even hold these energy companies accountable under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and they don’t have to disclose the 596 chemicals that may be contaminating our water. Fortunately, there is a bill in congress that could close the loophole and require companies to disclose the chemicals they are using. Send your representatives an email asking them to support the FRAC Act today!

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a drilling technique used to extract natural gas from shales and tight rocks by shooting millions of gallons of a mixture of water, chemicals and sand into the ground. As the rock cracks and creates fissures, natural gas flows more freely out of the well. Unfortunately, some of the toxic fluids remain underground after extraction and can seep into groundwater. Contamination of groundwater can affect the quality of drinking water even hundreds of miles away. Ask your representatives to protect groundwater from dangerous toxins.

Send a message to your representative today.

Thanks for taking action,

Meredith Begin
Education & Outreach Organizer
Food & Water Watch

Hydrofracking = dangerous jobs

There’s one way to get upstate New Yorkers to turn off all reasoning ability: just say the four-letter word: JOBS

There’s no doubt about our need for them, but we’ll believe even known liars if they just whisper “jobs!” in our hopeful ears.

Remember all the jobs that were supposed to be produced at the Mistake on the Lake?  Used to be called Destiny, then it was just a mall expansion, and then Mr. Congel’s bank figured out they were going to lose a lot of money. Banks are in the business of knowing what’s a good deal or not. But I’d bet there are still people out there who believe that “Destiny” is destined to rescue jobless Central New Yorkers.  Oh, please.

So here’s the siren song again: JOBS! …in one of the most dangerous businesses there is: gas and oil. Never mind the environmental catastrophe hydrofracking is, never mind the loss of our clean drinking water, our clean air, our natural resources that all enjoy and that attract tourism. Are these fracking jobs really a boon? Just ask the people who are defending those who have suffered unimaginable loss trying to earn a living in gas and oil:

Oil and Gas Accidents

People employed in the oil and gas industry are subject to some of the most hazardous industrial conditions in the US. Serious injuries occur to even the most experienced oil and gas workers and the severity and duration of injuries, with recovery times that are nearly twice as long, are far worse than in other industry sectors.

Nearly half of all fatal injuries were attributed to highway motor-vehicle crashes and workers being struck by machinery or equipment. Gas explosion injuries, fires, chemical burns and dangerous falls or falling objects or equipment– workers are often hit on the head or back by tools or equipment—are just a few of the dangers occurring on a regular basis in the oil and gas industry.

The oil and gas extraction industry employed about 380,000 workers in 2006 and employment is growing. However, increases in oil and gas activity correlate with an increase in the rate of fatal occupational injuries, particularly when inexperienced workers are not sufficiently trained in safety and precautionary measures.

Hydrofracking promises 20 years’ supply of natural gas.

What we’ll get is the destruction of our water supplies, the poisoning of our agricultural and recreational land and, as a result, a drop in the tourism dollars that come here because it’s clean and beautiful in upstate New York.

When that 20 years is up, WHAT WILL WE HAVE LEFT???

A writer in Cooperstown’s Freemason’s Journal has said it very well:

Ask the mayor of Dish, Texas, folks in Dimmock, Pa., or other places where gas drilling problems are documented. Discuss alternatives to fossil fuels and ban gas drilling. Gas companies are temporary, but cancer is permanent.

East Springfield