The New York state Health Department said fracking for natural gas can’t be done safely, dooming prospects that Governor Andrew Cuomo will end a six-year moratorium.
Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at a cabinet meeting in Albany today that studies on the extraction technique’s effects on water, air and soil are inconsistent, incomplete and raise too many “red flags” to allow. Continue reading →
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Josh Fox, who wrote and directed the acclaimed fracking film Gasland, was arrested this afternoon while engaging in a human barricade at a natural-gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes. Continue reading →
We hear about the so-called ‘shaleionnaires’ … landowners in the US who got rich, because they were ‘lucky’ enough to get fracked.
It needs to be said that this is the exception rather than the rule: Most fracking in the US happens in rural areas, where a lot of poor people live … with few economic opportunities. Who have a hard time to say no when the oil & gas industry knocks on their door and promises millions of $$.
Attached is some new peer-reviewed research that actually looks into this issue. Here is their conclusion:
The main finding of our research is that unconventional gas wells are disproportionately located in the communities with environmental justice concerns in one state. Results consistently indicated that census tracts with potential exposure to pollution from unconventional wells have significantly higher percent of poor population in Pennsylvania. Our results confirm previous environmental justice studies and indicate that the poor are the most affected population group.
A shale gas boom may bring some (short-lived) economic activity to an area, but that does not mean that everybody will be better off after the fracking activity leaves town. It may even be the case that rural poverty is a pre-condition to enable large-scale fracking.
why did New York state ban fracking? And Pennsylvania did not? Because NY state does not have the same levels of rural poverty, as one can see in Pennsylvania. That is my guess. When speaking to some MEPs who went on a recent shale gas mission to the Pennsylvania, they told me that they were shocked by the levels of poverty in these fracked rural areas, with e.g. a lot of people living in trailers.
Published on 3 Apr 2015
On April 3rd 2015 representatives of New York based antifracking group Frack Action addressed a large crowd in the Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne Co.Leitrim Ireland. Frack Action were visiting the country to relay their experiences in successfully achieving a ban on fracking in New York State and encouraging Irish communities and legislators to strive for the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC5YNfDOay8
Watch the video: Dear Governor Cuomo
In this clip Frack Action campaign director Julia Walsh addresses the large crowd.
The event was attended by big numbers from the local community, and a number of cross party TDs,Senators, and County Councilliors.
Video courtesy of Love Leitrim. Twitter@loveleitrim www.loveleitrim.org
www.frackaction.com Twitter @frackaction www.goodenergiesalliance.com. Event organised by Good Energies Alliance Ireland, Love Leitrim and Northwest Network Against Fracking.
Members of Irish Anti Fracking Campaign and Right2Water Sligo meeting with Frack Action USA (Who suuccesfully brought about a fracking ban in New York State)
I repeat, we win a BAN on fracking in New York State.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s health commissions says fracking cannot be done safely and no fracking will happen in NY until the industry proves that fracking is safe. Which they can’t, because it isn’t. The burden of proof is now on the gas industry, that’s quite a reversal. That’s a ban. Continue reading →