Thursday, January 3, 2013

Artists Against Fracking

Hi Friends—
We have some important news today.
The New York Times obtained an analysis from the New York State Health Department that claims fracking can be done safely. Though the Health Department has distanced itself from the analysis, saying it is outdated and will require substantial changes, it is an ominous indication of the State’s leaning on the issue.
Here's what the New York Times has to say about the leaked analysis:
“But it remains difficult to discern how much original research the state has done on potential health impacts, and environmentalists worry that the administration’s lack of transparency is hiding a lack of rigor in its assessment of public health risks.”
We know that fracking cannot be done safely. When a well leaks, no one can be sent thousands of feet below the earth to make repairs when the cement fails – and it will. The oil and gas industry’s own documents show that 5 percent of fracking wells leak immediately, and 60 percent leak within 30 years. What’s leaking is a toxic brew of chemicals that poison our water and release potent greenhouse gases and radiation into the air.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comments on fracking through January 11th, and then Governor Cuomo will make a decision in late February about whether or not to allow fracking in New York.
Now is a critical time to tell Governor Cuomo: Don’t Frack New York! Submit a public comment at, and we will deliver your comment to the Governor and DEC on January 11th!
—Yoko and Sean
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