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The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition is calling on all New Yorkers to come to Albany for a rally to keep fracking out of our beloved state. We will take our message right to the Governor as we gather outside the annual State of the State Address, delivered by Andrew Cuomo.
We’ve never needed your voices more than now. Just last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation took the reckless step of releasing draft rules and regulations that would sanction the process of fracking in New York State, thus setting the clock ticking on a decision-making process that, absent our intervention, could lead to permits in early 2013. Never mind that the environmental impact statement (sGEIS) that is supposed to serve as a scientific foundation of those regulations has not been released to the public. Never mind that the unfinished health “review” that is supposed to sit at the heart of the sGEIS is shrouded in secrecy. Never mind that the work of the health study is being carried out by three outside experts who are contracted for a mere 25 hours–three days–of their time. Never mind that Governor Cuomo said NO to New York’s own physicians and scientists who have demanded a transparent, comprehensive health impact assessment. Let’s tell the Governor that everything about this process is wrong: it is backward, undemocratic, hasty, and irrational.
A secret, 25-hour health review? Shockingly inadequate. An industry-influenced sGEIS? Fatally flawed. And cart-before-the-horse rulemaking? Un-fracking-believable.
At last year’s state of the state address, hundreds of us came to Albany in the first week of the new year and spoke out for an unfractured future for New York. This year, let’s pack the halls of power once again to let the Governor know that New Yorkers from every corner and region of the state are against fracking and against the sneaky process that is bringing it to our doorsteps. The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition, its member organizations and friends of the coalition are organizing carpools, vans and buses to Albany.
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What: Rally to Stop Fracking in NY at the State of the State Address
When: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Time: TBA – plan to leave in the morning
Where: Empire State Plaza (tentative location: Concourse hallway near the entrance to The Egg), Albany, NY
For more info on New Yorkers Against Fracking go to http://www.nyagainstfracking.org/
RSVP and sign up for carpools, vans or buses here: http://bit.ly/VmdiS7