We've never needed your voices more than now. Just last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation took the reckless step of releasing draft rules and regulations that would sanction the process of fracking in New York State, thus setting the clock ticking on a decision-making process that, absent our intervention, could lead to permits in early 2013. Never mind that the environmental impact statement (sGEIS) that is supposed to serve as a scientific foundation of those regulations has not been released to the public. Never mind that the unfinished health "review" that is supposed to sit at the heart of the sGEIS is shrouded in secrecy. Never mind that the work of the health study is being carried out by three outside experts who are contracted for a mere 25 hours--three days--of their time. Never mind that Governor Cuomo said NO to New York's own physicians and scientists who have demanded a transparent, comprehensive health impact assessment.
Let's tell the Governor that everything about this process is wrong: it is backward, undemocratic, hasty, and irrational. A secret, 25-hour health review? Shockingly inadequate. An industry-influenced sGEIS? Fatally flawed. And cart-before-the-horse rulemaking? Un-fracking-believable.
At last year's state of the state address, hundreds of us came to Albany in the first week of the new year and spoke out for an unfractured future for New York. This year, let's pack the halls of power once again to let the Governor know that New Yorkers from every corner and region of the state are against fracking and against the sneaky process that is bringing it to our doorsteps. The New Yorkers Against Fracking coalition, its member organizations and friends of the coalition are organizing carpools, vans and buses to Albany.
Please sign up here if you are interested in attending and/or joining a carpool, van or bus. Organizers in your region will be in touch with carpool, van or bus info.
What: Rally to Stop Fracking in NY at the State of the State Address
When: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Time: 11AM - 3PM
Where: Empire State Plaza - Concourse hallway near the entrance to The Egg, Albany, NY
For more info on New Yorkers Against Fracking go to http://www.nyagainstfracking.org
FOR TRANSPORTATION IN THE FOLLOWING REGIONS CONTACT:
Daniel Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Betta Broad at email@example.com
Sign up for the bus from NYC: http://bit.ly/UbIRhH
Eric Weltman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Isaac Silberman-Gorn at email@example.com
Sign up for the bus from Binghamton: http://bit.ly/12HDNYS
Sign up for the bus from Syracuse: http://bit.ly/12JK4Dx
Finger Lakes- Ithaca
Sara Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up for bus from Ithaca, Caroline and Whitney Point: https://www.wepay.com/donations/bus-to-albany
Zora Gussow at email@example.com
Sign up for the bus from Rochester: http://bit.ly/TFfPMz
Rita Yelda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up for the bus from Buffalo: http://bit.ly/W4Bj03
For all other comments or questions regarding the State of the State contact Renee Vogelsang at Renee@FrackAction.com