Governor Cuomo: Not One Well!

From Huffington Post:


Last Monday, I dropped everything and headed off on yet another trip to our state’s Capitol. Hoping to do my part to stop the dishonest and toxic gas industry from ravaging our beautiful state, I — along with 500 other New Yorkers who had arose before dawn to board buses bound for Albany — took up the public health battle cry, “Not One Well!”

While we rallied, a rumor of a plan was being whispered in the Capitol halls: any day now, Gov. Cuomo might allow, as a test project, 10 to 40 fracking wells for our state’s Southern Tier — a horizontal row of hilly, rural counties just above the Pennsylvania border. If you could think of New York State as home, the Southern Tier would be its brick foundation. And, indeed, its fields of produce, dairy pastures, and tourism are foundational for the state’s economy and the most vulnerable to hydrofracking.

If rumor becomes the plan that gets approval, then the residents of the Southern Tier become unwilling lab rats in our governor’s fracking experiment. It’s an experiment that risks ruin for many in the form of poisoned water, toxic air, burning flare stacks, mystery chemicals, and 24/7 noise. Why should the rest of NYS care? Because as the saying goes, “once the camel’s nose is in the tent the rest will follow. Or, the shady salesman’s got his grubby foot in the door.”

Point of entry is exactly what this industry wants, and it won’t be satisfied with a few fracking wells in the Southern Tier counties. The gas industry and their landowners coalitions have already said they will press on to open up other areas to fracking — that means most of upstate New York. In short, by permitting just a few wells in an attempt at satisfy everyone, Gov. Cuomo might just be opening the lid on a Pandora’s box nightmare. If you don’t believe me, check out what the Joint Landowners Coalition said on Friday: Cuomo, frack us or we will claim you are taking our land rights and sue you.

The best way to beat back rumors is to make sure the folks that care are heard. Thus, New Yorkers went to Albany to speak the truth. I was honored to be marching and standing alongside my New York neighbors including Arun Gandhi, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Senator Tony Avella, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, Josh Fox and 500 other beautiful and caring mothers, fathers, teachers, religious leaders and young students.

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