Advocates Celebrate Fracking Moratorium
November 30th, 2010
Environmental advocates are celebrating a moratorium on hydrofracking that the Assembly approved very early this morning. The bill is designed to allow the state more time to study the impact high-pressure fracking will have on the environment. The Department of Environmental Conservation is already reviewing the process. The Senate approved the legislation earlier this year. Here is an e-mail† from the Working Families Party to supporters celebrating the legislation:†
A little before 1:00 a.m. last night, by a vote of 94-44, the New York State Assembly passed the moratorium on hydraulic fracture drilling.
Go ahead: get up from your chair. Do a little dance, pump your fist, or do whatever you do to celebrate a victory of grassroots action over corporate power.
You deserve it. At the time the bill passed last night, more than 52,000 New Yorkers had signed the petition urging the Assembly to act. We joined an incredible alliance of Frack Action, Environmental Advocates, MoveOn.org, Mark Ruffalo, Pete Seeger, Assemblymembers Robert Sweeney and Steve Englebright, Borough President Scott Stringer, and so many others to pass a bill that everyone thought was dead – first through the New York State Senate, then the Assembly.
The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature. We still have to make sure he signs it, and then see to it that even stronger legislation is put in place next year.
But let’s take a moment to celebrate, because this is a major step forward. As far as we know, this is the first time that any state legislature has said “no” to these drillers.
And it didn’t come from the top-down. While we at the Working Families Party are proud to have played a small role in last night’s victory, the real credit is due to the thousands of New Yorkers who spoke out, organized, put the dangers of “fracking” on the public agenda, and pushed us again and again to join the fight.
So thank you for leading this charge. Thank you for taking even stronger action at every step of the way.
And thank you in advance for your continued efforts to make sure that New York’s water is clean and safe to drink, and that everyday New Yorkers have more of a say in how our lives are governed than corporations who think money can buy them whatever they want.”
Kate Sinding of the NRDC said, New York has shown the country that Americans have a right to stand up to big oil and gas companies,Ē said Kate Sinding, Deputy Director of the New York Urban Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. ďThis is the first time any state has ever taken this kind of action to protect the health and safety of its residents from the consequences of gas drilling. It sends a powerful message that New Yorkers donít want new fracking here unless the industry proves it can be done safely.”
Here is a link to her blog.By David King on November 30, 2010, 2:41 pm
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