Clean Water & Fracking

About Our Clean Water & Fracking Work: Protecting our water and natural resources is the foundation of New York's economic development and quality of life. Environmental Advocates of New York's Water & Natural Resources Program focuses on ways to ensure our waterways are protected for generations to come.

Gas Drilling & Fracking: We are particularly concerned about the potential environmental dangers of industrial gas drilling by means of "fracking," in New York State.

Watchdogging Water Quality: Environmental Advocates is also working to ensure that the state's water pollution permitting program—the method used to regulate pollution discharged into state waters—is enforced. New York currently rubber-stamps and renews thousands of water pollution permits without substantive review, endangering the health of our waters. Environmental Advocates continues to expose the state’s flawed approach to issuing water pollution permits as part of a larger effort to protect New York’s water quality.

The fracking industry has deep pockets. In the last few years, they have spent millions attempting to bully and coerce New York into fracking before any of us are the wiser about fracking’s true dangers and impacts.

But in a state known for political scandal, somehow, frackers haven’t gotten their way. Their failure can be explained, in part, by their highly offensive personal attacks on people who dare express concerns about fracking’s true impacts.

This canard is one of the most ridiculous and offensive myths pushed in public policy circles in recent memory.

Most New Yorkers recognize that being concerned about our environment, the quality of our water, and the health of our families does not equate to disdain for people having jobs. However, the fracking industry’s multi-million dollar propaganda machine has created a fear within the halls of state government for legislators afraid to look anti-job to their constituents.

Fracking is a hot-button issue in New York State. Citizens are strongly divided on whether or not to allow the process.  Here at Environmental Advocates we know what fracking is and understand its dangers.  And as part of our work we track polling data to understand where other New Yorkers stand on the issue. Institutions often poll New Yorkers to determine how they feel about the matter but there is a discrepancy between poll results, which I believe stems from misinformation and lack of education on the topic.

A new report out today by the Center for Environmental Health finds that fracking puts women’s and children’s health at risk. According to the report, Toxic and Dirty Secrets: The Truth About Fracking and Your Family’s Health:

Monday, May 20, 2013

There is a broad and growing consensus that freshwater is undervalued. It is a limited, but vital, commodity without a price. In nearly every region the price of water is the cost of water access rights, treatment costs, and transportation costs. There is no price or market for the water itself.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Fracking was a hot topic at Wednesday's city council meeting, as many Food & Water Watch supporters urged the council to consider banning it in the city of New Brunswick.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The crews preparing to build the new $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge are still determining the best methods to keep the waters of the Hudson River clear and clean as they dredge more than 950,000 cubic yards of tainted sludge from the river bottom in the late summer and early fall.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Ontario County Environmental Quality Committee plans to discuss use of hydrofracking wastewaters at its meeting Wednesday.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken a number of steps to revamp New York’s energy policy since taking office, but critics still have found plenty to criticize in the direction the state is moving.

At City & State’s State of Our State conference in Albany on Tuesday, panelists took issue with the governor’s proposed overhaul of the Long Island Power Authority, a portion of the New York Energy Highway initiative to upgrade transmission lines, the fate of hydraulic fracturing and more.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk was joined Wednesday by opponents of the natural gas drilling technique known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing to announce she'll introduce a bill to ban "the treatment, discharge, disposal, transportation or storage" of hydrofracking waste products in New York state."


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