From the New York-based Catskill Citizens, a grass-roots group:
Catskill Citizens Supports S04236A
On March 15th, Sen. Tony Avella introduced S04236A in the New York State Senate. Like the bill approved by the Assembly in early March, this bill would impose a moratorium on high volume hydraulic fracturing until May 2015 and require the state to complete a health impact assessment. The bill has already garnered the support of the consortium of environmental and public interest organizations known as the “Green Panel” which calls the bill one of the top legislative priorities of 2013.
Please take a moment to contact your Senator and ask him or her to support this commonsense measure to protect public health - and demand that the Senate leadership bring the bill to a vote.
Cuomo Blinks (But he doesn’t want you to know.)
For the time being, it seems that Governor Cuomo has quietly backed away from his plan to permit high volume fracking in New York. But of course Cuomo being Cuomo, he didn’t actually say he’d changed his mind, he left it to Albany watchers to read the signs.
Cuomo’s decision to temporarily hold up fracking isn’t based on health considerations, and it certainly isn’t based on science. It’s a calculated political response to our outspoken opposition, and to polling that shows most New Yorkers now oppose the process.
But no victory dances please! This decision is based on political expediency and can be reversed at any time. In fact it’s easy to imagine a scenario where Cuomo greenlights fracking in 2015. By then he’ll have the gubernatorial election behind him, and it’s likely he’ll be seeking oil and gas money to fund his 2016 presidential bid.
Call Cuomo and tell him to stop playing politics and
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.