Watchdog Report: Fruit and veggies grown with fracking wastewater

When it comes to fracking, New York got it right – the risks to public health and the environment are simply too great. Yet, those dangers remain because New York regulations allow out-of-state fracking waste to be dumped inside our borders. Our report, License to Dump, provides more information.

Fracking waste is in the news as it has come to light that many fruit and vegetable crops consumed by Americans may have been irrigated with fracking wastewater – possibly even “organic” crops – as California wrestles with drought.

These risks are unacceptable, and New York should ban fracking waste. This spring we got a glimpse into why at least the Senate has refused to address this issue when the U.S. Attorney's allegations against Senator Dean Skelos outlined his attempt to use the dangers of fracking wastewater as a financial windfall to a company employing his son.

In 2016, there is no excuse for legislative or gubernatorial inaction. If the Governor fails to change the regulations that allow for dumping, the Legislature should act. In the Senate, new Leader John Flanagan has a great opportunity to prove that his tenure won’t be a continuation of the Skelos years, and that he will allow common sense public health legislation to receive a fair vote. We will keep you posted on ways to get involved!

Act On Climate NY

With the Papal visit to New York City just a few weeks away, now is the time for New York’s leaders 

to embrace his challenge to address climate change and take real action. Join us the evening of Thursday, September 24 at The Beekman Pub in New York City from 6-8PM as we launch Act on Climate NY, our new effort to ensure New York leaders address the most pressing issue of our time.

Featuring free appetizers, cash bar, and guest speakers who will highlight the need for New York to act on climate, we will tackle the challenge and embrace the opportunity for climate action. Click here to RSVP or visit www.ActOnClimateNY.org today. 

Diverting Great Lakes water

The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s fresh water, meaning that drinking water and agricultural irrigation for millions is determined by the health of the lakes. In 2008, the states and Canadian provinces within the Great Lakes Basin (like New York), created the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council. The Great Lakes Compact recognized that new or increased withdrawals from the basin had far-reaching impacts and that efforts to remove water must be scrutinized and approved beforehand.

Yet the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin, wants to divert water from the Great Lakes, and their application is riddled with problems. If their faulty application is approved by the State of Wisconsin, it will set a very dangerous precedent and could harm the future of communities and people adjacent to all Great Lakes, including Lake Ontario and even the St. Lawrence River. Protecting the basin and preserving the integrity of the Great Lakes Compact could come down to a veto of the faulty plan by one of the participating states, which would require Governor Cuomo and his Department of Environmental Conservation to stand firm.

Our Liz Moran has a great new blog post on where things stand, the concerns that exist, and why it is critical that organizations like Environmental Advocates are involved. Take a look and let us know your thoughts!

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