A new poll shows that the people who would be impacted by fracking – residents of the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley – strongly oppose it. Despite the industry funneling millions into bullying New York into drilling, the results aren’t even close: 51 to 35. With Election Day drawing near and the industry ready to pull out all the stops, all eyes are on what Governor Cuomo will do if he wins re-election. You can join Environmental Advocates and our partners at a State Fair rally on August 21 to tell Governor Cuomo to say no to fracking and yes to clean renewables. Register now!
The state Thruway Authority voted to accept and spend Governor Cuomo’s clean water raid. Our Brendan Woodruff was there, imploring Authority board members to uphold their responsibilities and not barrel ahead with this plan without allowing the federal government to complete its review, or while the proposal remains under an investigative cloud. Unfortunately, not a single board member even asked a question. We’re holding Governor Cuomo’s feet to the fire because his actions could have dangerous national consequences to the Clean Water Act. Check out Brendan’s remarks.
Feds Need to Hear from You
The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been undertaking an exhaustive review of Governor Cuomo’s clean water raid since the seed money comes as a result of the Clean Water Act. Nonetheless, the Governor has pushed forward with this arrogant plan. The EPA and Obama White House need to know you’re concerned; there are a number of actions you can take:
- Tweet this message: The @EPA and @whitehouse should reject @NYGovCuomo's dangerous clean water raid! NYS has more than $36 billion in unmet clean water needs!
- Or email the White House with that same message here: http://1.usa.gov/1b63vOg.
Oil Trains Air Concerns
The Port of Albany is quickly becoming a global crude oil transport hub. And the residents nearby are already reeling from the consequences like odors from undisclosed chemicals overrunning area homes, playgrounds, etc. The state Department of Environmental Conservation performed limited testing earlier this year and has finally pledged to release its findings. We will be there to ensure testing was done properly, thoroughly, and that the residents are given all the facts. If you’re in the Capital Region and would like to attend, it happens this evening at the Ezra Prentice Community Room, 625 South Pearl Street at 5:30PM. You can also sign our petition to Governor Cuomo.