It's Official: New York State Bans Fracking
via GaslandFriends; today, New York’s fracking ban became official state policy with the release of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Findings Statement. The statement concludes an almost seven year scientific study that determined no regulations, only a ban, could protect New York citizens from the inherent dangers of fracking.
This is a huge victory for public health and grassroots democracy. It’s a victory that should be celebrated across the country, not just in New York, because it would not have been possible without so many of you.
New York has a ban today because families in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wyoming, Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and so many more places spoke up about what fracking was doing to their communities. New York citizens heard your stories and were relentless in their fight to protect their families. Armed with science and grassroots organizing, they took on one of the most powerful industries in the world, and won.
But this ban does not protect New York from dangerous fracking infrastructure projects or our neighbors in PA and friends across the country who are still being fracked.
The only true ban on fracking is to replace the fuel. As long as we’re still using oil and gas, the fossil fuel industry will continue to frack and build pipelines, compressor stations, power plants, gas storage facilities and LNG ports.
That’s why we started The Solutions Grassroots Tour to take renewable energy solutions directly to frontline communities who have been put on the fossil fuel chopping block.
So today, we are asking you to commemorate this incredible grassroots victory and stop powering your home with fracked gas and other fossil fuels.
All you need is your electric bill and a few minutes to sign up for 100% renewable energy from Ethical Electric using this simple form.
All that changes is that instead of buying fossil fuel energy coming from dirty coal or fracked gas, all the electricity your home pulls from the power grid will be replenished with 100% renewable energy. You’ll keep the same utility and get the same bill.
We must put our money where our mouth is, and stopping funding the companies that want to frack our country.
As we saw with the release of a recent EPA report that buried damning evidence that confirmed fracking contaminates groundwater under a misleading headline, our government is highly influenced by the fossil fuel industry.
We must continue to organize and demand our government represent people, not corporations, but we cannot wait on our government to act.
We must do all we can to stop the mad dash to frack. Do your part and boycott fossil fuels on your energy bill today.
Lee Ziesche, Grassroots Coordinator
P.S. Help us to continue to educate folks on the dangers of fracking by donating today.