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Ban Fracking Now: 11 Days to Ban Fracking in New York State

After the shutdown of the UB Shale Institute and recent releases of films like Josh Fox’s The Sky is Pink and New Yorkers against Fracking documentary Dear Governor Cuomo, it seemed as if progress was being made.

Then on November 28th, the Department of Environmental Conservation issued proposed regulations for fracking in the state of New York. A shock to those in the Anti-Fracking movement after the Governor clearly stated that a environmental analysis called the SGEIS would serve as the basis for these regulations.

Even if completed, the health study only comprised of a total of three days of outside contractors’ time to catalog all of the possible health impacts of this dangerous practice. It would not have produced sufficient information for the state to evaluate the health effects of fracking.

In a unconscionably irresponsible move, Cuomo made the completely inadequate health study irrelevant by giving New Yorkers only 30 days to demonstrate that fracking is too dangerous to be regulated. Now with only two weeks left to go to submit comments, New Yorkers across the state are doing everything they can to ban fracking.

New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition of groups dedicated to a statewide ban on fracking, is now frantically organizing to flood the DEC with hundreds of thousands of comments. Last year the New Yorkers forced a reevaluation of the original SGEIS with a record 60,000 comments. This round, Fractivists across the state are challenged with getting as many comments in as humanly possible. Internationally acclaimed biologist and Sandra Steingraber started the website 30 Days of Fracking Regs to help facilitate those who need more info to send to the DEC. Identifying one issue for every day available, she has taken an advent calendar approach to the effort to ban fracking in New York State.

The roup recently released the film Dear Governor Cuomo which beautifully illustrates the unflappable force behind New Yorkers Against Fracking, the coalition of dozens of groups dedicated to a Ban on Fracking. Now there are only 11 days left to submit comments. There is no question that the statewide Anti-Fracking movement has the power to pump thousands of comments into the fractured DEC all proving without a shadow of a doubt that this practices is irrefutably unsafe. The question is base on the blatantly disingenuous and undemocratic process that has taken place over the past few weeks. Does it matter?

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