Recently, the Cuomo administration announced that it is likely to scrap proposed fracking regulations and start over, guaranteeing months of delays. This is incredible news, and it proves that our pressure on Governor Cuomo is working. Now we need to crank up the heat and demand a permanent ban.
On Tuesday, October 9, we rallied at Governor Cuomo’s New York City office and delivered tens of thousands of petitions demanding a ban on fracking. We want to make it clear to Governor Cuomo that delaying fracking isn’t enough. We’re not going away until New York is truly safe from fracking.
The new delay comes after Governor Cuomo recently ordered the Department of Health to study the health impacts of fracking. The commissioner responsible for the study is a Cuomo appointee and answers directly to the governor, so there’s no reason to expect that this study will accurately assess the significant public health dangers of fracking.
But still the delay is a big win, and it wouldn’t have happened without the tireless efforts of thousands of New Yorkers who attended public hearings, submitted public comments, signed petitions, made phone calls, and took to the streets. Now we need to keep the pressure on and make sure this delay becomes permanent. If we stop, Governor Cuomo could still open New York to fracking.
A few months ago, it seemed all but certain that Governor Cuomo would open New York to fracking before Labor Day. But New Yorkers responded with a wave of public outrage at the governor’s reckless plan. Now, Labor Day has come and gone, and we just won a substantial delay. Every day that New York’s moratorium on fracking stays in place is evidence that uncompromising grassroots opposition to fracking is more powerful than the industry’s money and political influence.
But the fight isn’t over. If we don’t turn up the heat on Governor Cuomo, he could cancel the delay and release regulations before the end of the year. In the worst-case scenario, the state could even start issuing fracking permits without bothering to draft regulations! We can’t let public pressure die down.
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