This week, members of New Yorkers Against Fracking stood shoulder to shoulder with the entire environmental community to denounce the Governor’s proposal to partition New York State and create a sacrifice zone in 5 counties of the Southern Tier.
More than 100 organizations and notable individuals, including National Resources Defense Council, Riverkeeper, Food & Water Watch, Frack Action and Josh Fox sent a single letter to Governor Cuomo. The message: we stand united in opposition to the administration’s proposal that was leaked to the NY Times last week. The Governor has repeatedly said that he would let the science decide, but without a complete public health, environmental and cost impact study, the facts are not all in.
The press event and celebration was a major step forward in the fight to protect New Yorkers and our natural resources. Some of the organizations signing on to the letter were members of New Yorkers Against Fracking. Others were not. But no matter what our organizational positions on fracking generally, we all stood together to protect the Southern Tier.
The Governor’s proposal suggests that fracking would begin in towns that have passed resolutions in support of fracking,. But as a dozen residents of the Southern Tier pointed out on Wednesday, fracking pollution is like cigarette smoke. It travels without reference to arbitrary town lines drawn on a map.
The environmental injustice message of the day was perfectly summed up in a closing by Josh Fox: if the Governor believes that fracking is safe, why not make the test project in Scarsdale? If we have nothing to fear from fracking fluid, why not put it in the Central Park reservoir?
For a full-copy of the sign-on letter, including a list of endorsing organizations, please click here.
If you represent an organization and want to join the fight for a ban on fracking by becoming a member of New Yorkers Against Fracking, please sign-on here.