Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New Yorkers Against Fracking: CALL TO ACTION!

Dear Friend,

You’ll recall the story of the Three Little Pigs.  After successfully barricading themselves inside a huff-and-puff-proof brick house, the pigs discovered the wolf was laying plans to rappel down their chimney.

We New Yorkers find ourselves in a similar situation.  Having made our voices heard last winter on the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed regulations for fracking, we successfully prevented our house from being blown over by the gas industry.

Now Governor Cuomo and the DEC are proposing regulations on Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facilities. These draft regulations are just as weak and inadequate as the proposed fracking regulations of last year. They are just as unfair. And — like pipelines and compressor stations — LNG facilities are dangerous for us and pave the way for fracking.

Upcoming DEC meetings — along with a public hearing and public comment period set to close on November 4 — create an urgent opportunity for us to speak out against investments in fracking infrastructure.

New Yorkers Against Fracking is mobilizing to generate public comments and turn people out to the public meetings and hearing.  We call on you to join us at the hearings and for rallies on October 16 in Syracuse and October 30 in Albany. Below is some background and then the specific details.


Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facilities use immense pressure and extremely cold temperatures to compress gas into a liquid and store it for a variety of uses — for vehicle fuel, for industry, for the interstate pipeline system, and for exporting gas oversees.  LNG facilities also release climate-destroying methane into our atmosphere and pose direct threats to our safety.

In 1973, a massive explosion killed 40 people at a LNG facility in Staten Island.
Ever since, construction of new LNG facilities has been under a de facto ban in New York State.  But now, 37 years later, the DEC has suddenly proposed regulations that will lift that ban — in every part of our state except New York City.

The proposed rules are weak and lack requirements for accident reporting and environmental damage.  They ignore siting issues relating to the size of the facility and proximity to population centers.  They put no limits on accidental or deliberate releases of methane gas.  Even worse, the rule-making has been delegated to the Remediation Division of the DEC.  This clearly signals that managing accidents rather than preventing harm to us is the focus of these regulations.

What You Can Do
New Yorkers Against Fracking urges people to:
·         come to the informational meeting and our rally against fracking infrastructure on October 16 in Syracuse;
·         come to the informational meeting, public hearing and our rally on October 30 in Albany.
·         join the 30 Days of Fracking Regs project spearheaded by Sandra Steingraber, which dissects one concern each day, offers background science, and facilitates writing one comment each day until November 4. Click here to get writing today!

And please join us on October 16 and 30 to speak out against fracking infrastructure!  Nothing speaks louder than your presence at a public meeting.

Event Details:

Rally and DEC LNG Informational Meeting, Syracuse
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: New York State Fairgrounds,
 581 State Fair Boulevard, Martha Eddy Room, 
Rally outside the Martha Eddy Room at Fairgrounds at 12pm
Join event on Facebook here

Rally, DEC LNG Informational Meeting, and Public Hearing in Albany
Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (public meeting); rally at noon; public hearing at 2:00 pm
Location: NYS DEC - Central Office
 625 Broadway, Room 129
 Albany, NY

Join Facebook event here 
Click here to sign up for the bus from New York City.

For more information on these events or to get involved, email Renee Vogelsang at

Thank you! All together, we can stop fracking in New York!  So let’s go smoke the wolf out of our chimney.

New Yorkers Against Fracking

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