Can we stop hydraulic fracturing (fracking) from coming to New York State? With your actions we can!

Whether you have been following the path leading to the potential fracking of New York State or you are vaguely informed about fracking and its dire consequences to our water and air, the environment, public health and communities, New York State needs your help. To become more informed watch at 2 1/2 minutes or watch at 18 minutes and/or go to

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a 1500 plus page document called the 2011 revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (rdSGEIS) and is accepting comments until January 11, 2012. This document which addresses permit conditions for High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF) in the Marcellus Shale is inadequate and flawed.

It’s very important that we flood the DEC with substantive comments submitted (preferably by snail mail.). The DEC is required to review and respond to all comments and issues brought up by the public. As such, in addition to exposing the DEC’s failure to thoroughly, comprehensively, or objectively study fracking, getting in thousands of substantive comments will be of great value and give us time to build up the statewide movement and work toward a ban.

If you have signed a petition or a group letter thank you. But it is not enough. There are many other paths being pursued to stop fracking in New York State including (1) criminalizing fracking and (2) passing ordinances by municipalities that are (a) rights oriented such as a Bill of Rights that we have a right to clean air and water or (b) zoning oriented prohibiting heavy industrial use which is being challenged in court in Dryden and Middlefield. As these are being pursued what we need to do is send as many comments by snail mail to the DEC. The more letters shows the Governor how many of us do not want fracking in New York State.

Learn how to send comments: now.

If you need help with how to submit snail mail comments, e-mail Rosalyn Cherry at: Type Fracking in the subject line.

Rosalyn Cherry

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