Saturday, December 7, 2013

New Yorkers Against Fracking: Message from Wes Gillingham

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Hi, folks –

This has been an amazing week of powerful actions – and momentum is building for the State of the State rally in Albany on January 8.
  • On Tuesday night, more than 700 people rallied for a ban on fracking outside of Governor Cuomo’s birthday fundraiser in Manhattan. Peter Yarrow led us in song, and dozens of college students helped blare our chants loudly and proudly. Check out this short YouTube video of part of the rally, and check out the photo.
  • On Tuesday evening, 75 people packed a public hearing in Buffalo in support of a ban on fracking and fracking waste on Erie County lands. We delivered nearly 4,000 petition signatures in support of the bill. Check out the photos.
  • Tuesday, children from different states in the Delaware Valley presented the Commissioners of the Delaware River Basin Commission with an album of over 400 photos of the watershed. These photos were taken by activists to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the ongoing moratorium and show their support for turning that moratorium into a ban.  Check out the video and check out the photos.
  • On Wednesday, we delivered more than 50,000 public comments opposing proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) regulations. We held a press conference urging Cuomo to withdraw the dangerous, ill-advised rules, and then delivered dozens of boxes of comments to the DEC’s headquarters. Read some of the coverage in the Wall Street Journal, the Gannett Newspapers and the Times Union.
Between now and January 8 we need to do two things. First, spend well-deserved time with friends and family during the holidays. Second, ensure that the State of the State rally is MASSIVE.

The fate of our state could be decided in 2014. Cuomo says he’ll announce a decision on fracking before the November elections. New York is at a crossroads, and on January 8, we must send a loud message to Cuomo: Not one well!

Sign up and spread the word on Facebook.

Register for a bus to Albany – from all parts of the state.

Together, we are going to win!

-- Wes and the NYAF Team
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