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Published on December 26th, 2013 | by GrowWNY Intern

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Will Poloncarz Sign Erie County’s Fracking Ban Into Law?

BY RITA YELDA, FOOD & WATER WATCH  

Come and let your voice be heard!

There’s one final step for Erie County residents to get the protection from dangerous fracking and the toxic waste it creates: it must be signed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. On Monday, December 30th, he’s holding a public hearing to hear what the community has to say about the proposed law and we need you there!On Monday, December 30th Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will hold a public hearing on legislation that passed the county legislature in a 9-2 vote on Dec. 12th that bans fracking on county land, bans brine spreading on county roads, and bans fracking waste disposal at county facilities. We must urge County Executive Poloncarz to sign into law the fracking and fracking waste in Erie County. Fracking’s potential to contaminate drinking water, air and land could be a disaster for our families’ health. Almost fifteen counties in New York have already protected their residents by passing county-wide legislation against fracking. Now it’s our turn here in Erie County! Can you join us in encouraging County Executive Poloncarz to sign the bill?

This hearing is over the holidays so we must make twice the effort to go and to get our friends and family there, instead of letting dwindling turn out hurt our chances of getting this bill signed. This is the kind of hearing where the two legislators who voted against the bill and the gas industry can show up to bully the county executive to listen to their corporate interests instead of what’s good for Erie County citizens. That’s why we need to pack the room at Poloncarz’s hearing to demonstrate the widespread support that this law has with all county residents!

Speaking is optional — just being there to show your support will be great! But if you’re interested in speaking to the County Executive on why fracking and its waste should be banned from the county, please prepare a three-minute long statement to read. Please stay civil in your statement; do not use a disrespectful tone, and arrive early in case there is a sign up to speak.

When: Monday December 30, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Where: 14th floor conference room, room 1404 of the Edward A. Rath county office building, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo NY, 14202.


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