Published on December 18th, 2014 | by GrowWNYAdmin


The WNYEA Comments on NYS Fracking Ban


On Wednesday, December 17, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a ban on fracking (referring specifically to deep horizontal hydraulic fracturing) due to health concerns detailed in the health report. Fracking has been an item on the Western New York Environmental Alliance’s (WNYEA) Action Agenda three times in a row – once in support of a moratorium (2013), and then in support of a ban (2014 and 2015).

“We appreciate Governor Cuomo’s attention to the science that cannot even come close to proving that any aspect of high-volume horizontal hydrofracking is safe for the environment, wildlife, and human health,” said Jay Burney, chair of the WNYEA Habitat and Natural Resources Working Group. “It is clear that many residents and a fair number of business interests across the State of New York are in support of the Governor and his administration’s decision to ban fracking in New York. I am also proud to recognize the WNYEA, its board and its members which both brought the ban fracking advocacy item forth, and continued to push these issues. We are now proven to be on the right side of history.”

“Today the State of New York received a holiday gift.  Governor Cuomo announced that fracking will not be done in the State of New York assuring the citizens that our health and our land will not be compromised by this dirty industrial process.  ‘Oh blessed day,” added the WNYEA Issues and Advocacy Process Group Chair, Lynda Schneekloth. “Thanks to all the people who have worked so hard to bring pressure on the Governor and to keep his office informed of the studies that pointed to the negative health consequences of this process. As Advocacy Chair, I want to say a special thank you to the Habitat Group under Jay Burney’s leadership that carried a ban on fracking as one of our platform issues for two years.  Although there is still so much work to do in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, let’s take a minute to celebrate. This is our day.  Every now and then, it is good to remember that ‘The People are Too Big to Fail.’”

“Our fight for the future is not over, however,” Burney reminded us. “We must continue to promote critical thinking and actions about natural gas infrastructure, storage and transportation development in NYS. We must move forward to ban disposal of fracking waste in New York. Importantly, today we must continue to focus on saving Seneca Lake from the egregious and destructive development by Crestwood Midstream, a Houston-based energy company that is working to transform the Finger Lakes Region and its abandoned salt caverns, many of which are located beneath Seneca Lake, into a gas storage and transportation hub for the entire northeast. This dangerous project threatens the drinking water of over 100,000 people in the direct region, and threatens the lives and livelihoods of millions in Western and Central New York. Just yesterday [December 17,2014], on the day that Governor Cuomo announced his critical decision to ban Fracking in New York, 28 courageous citizens were arrested for acts of civil disobedience at the Seneca Lake facility. Protests and arrests have been ongoing for months at this site as citizens participate in civil disobedience to protect their lives, the lives of their families, and the inheritance of future generations. We do not need or want this dangerous industry to grab our shared lands and waters for profit that benefits a few and harms the many.”

For more information about New York State’s fracking ban:

For more information about the issues facing Seneca Lake:

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