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February 01, 2012

NY Natural Gas Activists Rally for Better Drilling Safeguards

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Rally go-ers in Albany, NY. Photo by Jessica Riehl.

On January 23, 2012, more than 800 New Yorkers descended on the New York State Capitol for the 2012 Hydro-Fracking Day of Action organized by the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The event was organized to call on elected officials to safeguard vital water resources, air quality, public health, and the environment from industrial gas drilling by means of high volume hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fracking uses high-pressure injection of water, sand, and unknown chemicals to free natural gas from shale deposits.

"Sierra Club's Atlantic Chapter joined many other folks from across the state last week in standing up for New York's clean water and clean air,” said Deb Nardone, Sierra Club Natural Gas Reform Campaign Director. "Right now, the natural gas industry is fracking across the country with few safeguards in place to protect the communities living with it."

For the rally, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter garnered the support of nearly 50 other grass roots organizations, and more than 200 members of the Atlantic Chapter attended the rally as well.  Activists from every quarter of the State blanketed the Capital in Albany and spoke to nearly all members of the Legislature. 

The rally landed multiple media hits, and here’s video of some of the rally’s attendees telling why it was important for them to be there.

 
"New York is determined to not become the next fracking victim, and they showed that at the rally,” said Nardone.

Congrats to the following Sierra Club staffers and volunteers for their hard work organizing the rally: Chapter Conservation Organizer Roger Down; Chapter Conservation Associate Caitlin Pixley; Chapter Conservation Associate and volunteers Gusti Swartz and Kate Bartholomew; Arthur Kuypers, Assistant Conservation Chair; Chris Burger, Zero Waste Chair; Executive Committee members Hal Bauer, Jane Fasullo, Susan Leifer, Art Kline; and many more.

You can learn more about the natural gas fight in New York in this column by Sierra Club Conservation Director Sarah Hodgdon.

-- Cross-posted on Sierra Club's Scrapbook blog.

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