Join with Three Parks to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing
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What is Hydrofracturing?
A method of drilling for natural gas that requires literally millions of gallons of fresh water that become polluted and highly toxic in the process. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) predicts that in the coming years, 3,000 to 6,000 gas wells could be drilled in the City's watershed area, and more statewide.
How does it destroy water?
Into each of those gas wells will be pumped 3 to 8 million gallons of water and 80 to 300 tons of chemicals depending on well size and depth. The water comes from streams and rivers or is pumped from underground. This water resurfaces from the wells highly toxic. There is no way to prevent it from eventually polluting more water.
Isn't it illegal? No. In the 2005 Energy Bill, then Vice President Cheney, acting on behalf of major gas extracting corporation Halliburton, arranged for this process to be exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Super-fund Law and the Right-to-Know Act, among other regulations.
Who is for it? Governor Cuomo, oil and gas companies, and some property owners who can sell drilling rights on their land.
What do we want? A ban on hydro-fracturing in New York State and throughout the U.S. Immediately bring this process under the jurisdiction of all applicable federal laws.
Is there an alternative?Yes. Wind, solar and hydropower are non-polluting.
Elevated methane levels in Manhattan
due to leaky Con-Ed gas lines.
See the amazing rap video that has gone viral.
"My Water's On Fire Tonight"
The video is preceded by a short ad. Sorry. Daily News site.
NY State has 19 staff people to police 13,684 existing conventional gas wells. Now they want to add thousands more hydrofractured wells.
If video is not running, click above for gas fracturing slide show. 2 minutes. No sound.
If slides don't run on your computer, here for YouTube version.
Click here for extra high definition version.
New York State
We are working to prevent fracking throughout New York State.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) did its own study and reached the opposite conclusion: “gas drilling poses unacceptable risks to the unfiltered drinking water supply for nine million New Yorkers.” As a result, a large coalition of elected officials and civic organizations is calling on the Governor to rescind the study and do a new one. All drilling projects now in progress and all permitting must be suspended until that is done.
The objective is to restore Environmental Protection Agency jurisdiction over hydraulic fracturing. Former Vice President Dick Cheney arranged to have hydraulic fracturing removed from federal jurisdiction in the 2005 Energy Bill, as explained in The New York Times. Legislation to close this Halliburton Loophole has been introduced in the House (H.R. 2766) and has been sent to the Energy and Commerce Committee. Companion Senate Bill 1215 is in the Committee on Environment and Public Works, of which Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is a member. The bill appears to be stuck in both committees; more public pressure is needed to get it moving.
The industry is presenting gas as the new lowest cost fuel for heating buildings. Many co-op and condo board members are unaware of the financial pitfalls, hidden costs and unstable prices that gas conversion entails.
Read the Three Parks letter to the Hudson River Trust regarding the Spectra pipeline here.
Towns Win Right
Times Article Here
Although the comment period on the State's draft EIS is over, you can and should write to Governor Cuomo today to demand a ban on fracking in New York State. Click here to find a suggested text you can use as a model to handwrite or email a note. Click here to send your letter to the Governor. Thanks for taking action!
September 2011 - read the Executive Summary (29 pages) of the State's new Draft Environmental Impact Statement. It explains how New Yorkers can all get good jobs poisoning each other safely. Click here.Important New Report from the Columbia University Urban Design Research Seminar. "HANCOCK & THE MARCELLUS SHALE"
"Visioning the Impacts of Natural Gas Extraction Along the Upper Delaware."
Download a PDF copy here
Report on our 2010 and 2011 meetings with the Governor's staff here.
E-Mail Gov. Cuomo Here
LEARN MORETestimony at the 11/30/11 DEC Hearing
Gas Worse Than Coal NY Times 4/12/11
NY Times Extensive Study
PBS Special - Gasland
Download Three Parks Fact Sheet
Download Three Parks Glossary
NYC DEP Presentation
NYC DEP calls for ban
NY State Draft Impact Statement
Kill the Drill Coalition
Office of Borough President Stringer. Good video here.
Threat in Syracuse
Good video from upstate
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Sierra Club Susquehanna
Much helpful information.
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