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OPINION: Reject fracking, protect health in 2015

December 22, 2014 By Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York For Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Andrew Cuomo banned fracking in New York last week. AP photo
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What better gift could Governor Cuomo have given the citizens of New York this holiday season than the assurance that the dirty drilling practice known as fracking will not be coming to the Empire State?

Across the country, this rolling environmental disaster has been poisoning families, destroying rural and wild landscapes and deterring our critical transition to a clean energy economy.

Thankfully, after five years and more than 100,000 face-to-face conversations, New Yorkers Against Fracking has helped shaped the conversation so that this fundamental threat to our land, air and water has been deemed too significant of a risk to public health to permit.

Despite the power of the oil and gas industry, Gov. Cuomo has chosen to respect the many communities concerned about the potential impacts of fracking and the latest science that backs them up. 

As cities and states across the country consider this issue, we urge them to show the same courage and foresight to reject fracking and protect health in 2015.



Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York

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