Monday, June 6, 2011

Assembly Passes One Year Ban on Hydrofracking

The Assembly has passed a bill (A7400) that would protect New York’s drinking water by prohibiting the issuance of new permits for the controversial gas drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing for another year until June 1, 2012, while both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study the safety of this drilling process.

Now the Senate must pass their version (S5592) so it can be sent on to the Governor for his signature.

• Call Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at (518) 455-3171 and email Leader Skelos at skelos@nysenate.gov and tell him to bring the hydrofracking moratorium bill S5592 to the Senate floor for a vote and pass this bill.

• Call your own Senator find at www.nysenate.gov and email your Senator, and tell your Senator to urge Leader Skelos to bring the hydrofracking moratorium bill S5592 to the Senate floor for a vote and then vote yes to pass this bill.

After calling the Senate, please call:

• Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390 or email Governor Cuomo at www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php and tell the Governor that he needs to support the hydrofracking moratorium bill and sign it into law.

Please don’t forget to call Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at 518-455-3791 and your own Assembly Member (find at www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/) and thank them for their leadership in passing the hydrofracking moratorium bill in the Assembly.

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