Thursday, November 25, 2010

Governor Says Hydro-Fracking Will Not Go Forward At This TIme

From the Catskill Mountainkeeper group:

WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR ON THIS THANKSGIVING DAY. GOVERNOR PATERSON HAS MADE A STUNNING ANNOUNCEMENT:

Governor Paterson
"At this point, I would say that the hydrofracking opponents have raised enough of an argument to thwart us going forward at this time." Governor David Paterson: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yesterday on WAMC Radio, Governor Paterson admitted that he is no longer convinced that fracking is safe and that as a result of all of our hard work - fracking will not go forward at this time.

Here is the full quote:
"This is a very good example of public participation. Our DEC...originally ruled that hydrofracking would not affect thewater quality in the area but we've received additional information and have not been able to come to a conclusion as to whether or not this is a good idea. Even with the tremendous revenues that will come in at this time...we're not going to risk public safety or water quality, which will be the next emerging global problem after the energy shortage. At this point, I would say that the hydrofracking opponents have raised enough of an argument to thwart us going forward at this time."

Listen the full interview at:
http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/news.newsmain/article/0/2706/1729657/WAMC.News/Governor.Paterson.Visits.WAMC

This is an amazing David vs. Goliath victory for all of the volunteer groups, environmental organizations, land owners, business owners, farmers and the many thousands of individuals who have taken action.

We still need to Speaker Sheldon Silver and the New York Assembly to pass the Moratorium Bill and the Water Withdrawal Bill on Monday during the Extraordinary Session called by Paterson. All indications are that Silver wants to move these bills but he needs to hear from you. Take action by contacting your Assemblyperson by clicking here and filling out this simple email form provided by our partner "Clean Water Not Dirty Drilling".

Thank you again from the Mountainkeeper team.
Ramsay, Wes, Aaron and Beth

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