Cuomo to Ban Fracking as Health Officials Call It Unsafe

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Cuomo to Ban Fracking as Health Officials Call It Unsafe

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-12-17/cuomo-to-ban-fracking-after-health-department-calls-it-unsafe

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.
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Exclusive: Anti-Fracking Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested In Finger Lakes Protest

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Exclusive: Anti-Fracking Filmmaker Josh Fox Arrested In Finger Lakes Protest

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/13/exclusive-anti-fracking-filmmaker-josh-fox-arrested-in-finger-lakes-protest.html?via=desktop&source=twitter

The creator of the award-winning film ‘Gasland’ was just arrested at a protest in rural New York. Here’s the mini-documentary he made on the eve of his arrest.

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

Fracking the poor – new report

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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.
 
A campaigner:
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.
 

Fight fracking issue on health says NY group

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Fight fracking issue on health says NY group

Members of North West Network Against Fracking with Julia Walsh and Renee Armstrong in front from New York State Against Fracking.
Members of North West Network Against Fracking with Julia Walsh and Renee Armstrong in front from New York State Against Fracking.

Frack Action – New Yorkers meeting anti frackers in Ireland + video

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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.

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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)

REPORT – High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing, public health review, NY state

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Ban in NY – Moratorium in Quebec – various reports

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BAN  in NY and MORATORIUM  in Quebec – http://montrealgazette.com/news/quebec/couillard-rules-out-fracking
Food and Water Europe reports:
Both the provincial government of Quebec and the state of New York rules out fracking, after having implemented separate reviews of the environmental impacts of fracking.

They happened to make their decision public around the same time and come to the same decision: A ban in NY and an indefinite moratorium on fracking in Quebec. Continue reading

Fracking Banned in New York State – message from Josh Fox

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Friends-

We win in New York!

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