Fracking Up NY’s Water? Say “No!” Nov. 30

2011 November 29
by Ando Arike

Do you think it’s a good idea to pump billions of gallons of water containing benzene, toluene, boric acid, xylene, formaldehyde, and hydrochloric acid into the same ground that supplies our drinking water? The natural gas industry does, and it’s getting ready to do just that in upstate New York — source of NYC’s water — drilling thousands of wells using a process called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” to release gas deposits trapped in rock formations. Public alarm pushed the N.Y. State Senate to institute a moratorium on such drilling in August 2010; without mass public outcry, this moratorium will soon expire. Voice your opposition to these insane plans to poison our water this Wednesday at the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation’s public hearing at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, NYC, only blocks from City Hall…

Hearings are scheduled in two sessions, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Anti-fracking organizations will hold a rally at 4:30 PM. For more information on the hearings see here. For a recent HuffingtonPost article on the efforts to ban fracking in New York State see here. To remind yourself why this is so important, see this trailer for the documentary “Gasland” below.

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