Friday, June 17, 2011

Tell State Senate to Protect Residents from Hydro-Fracking

Susan Van Dolsen and Ellen Deixler of Westchester for Change/United for Action:

It is now up to the State Senate to pass there crucial bills to help protect New York from some of the problems that stem from hydrofracking and importantly to pass a moratorium to enable time for the all DEC study and comments to come in. It would be very helpful if you could please make calls to the Senators and the Majority leader tomorrow. It is the last chance this session.
S.5592 Carlucci -- One Year Moratorium on Hydrofracking:  As reported last week, the New York State Assembly has already passed a bill that would suspend all permitting for hydraulic fracturing until June 1, 2012. But this bill will go nowhere unless the Senate passes their own version and the governor signs it.
Co-sponsored by our local Senators: Oppenheimer and Klein
S.4616 Avella -- Classifying Fracking Waste as Hazardous: Toxic drill cuttings and fluid wastes are coming over the border from Pennsylvanian gas wells into ill-equipped New York landfills and treatment centers, endangering the drinking water of millions. Even though fracking chemicals arrive at the drilling site as regulated hazardous materials, federal and state exemptions allow drillers to treat the same drilling wastes leaving the site as standard industrial waste. This bill will update current regulations so that all resulting waste from natural gas drilling meets the definition of hazardous waste under New York State law.
Co-Sponsored by our local Senators: Oppenheimer, Ball, Stewart-Cousins, Carlucci (Rockland)
S.3472 Oppenheimer -- Restoring Local Protections Over Natural Gas Development (Home Rule): This bill will clarify a local government’s right to enact and enforce zoning laws within their jurisdiction to protect them from the negative impacts of oil and gas development. The burden of oil and gas development is an unfunded mandate on upstate communities if they are not allowed to use the most basic land-use planning tools to protect unique local assets.
Co-Sponsored by local Senator: Klein

Please call your state senator to address these issues with these three bills before them. Our goal is to have as many people as possible to tell their legislators how important this is.  

If you would like to do more, please call these members of the Senate Rules Committee:

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos: (518) 455-3171Senator James Alesi: (518) 455-2015
Senator Hugh Farley: (518) 455-2181
Senator Kemp Hannon: (518) 455-2200
Senator William Larkin: (518) 455-2770
Senator Kenneth LaValle: (518) 455-3121
Senator Thomas Libous: (518) 455-2677
Senator Carl Marcellino: (518) 455-2390
Senator George Maziarz: (518) 455-2024
Senator Michael Nozzolio: (518) 455-2366
Senator Stephen Saland: (518) 455-2411
Senator James Seward: (518) 455-3131

1 comment:

-mg- said...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo just signed legislation to stop unregulated, large-scale water withdrawals! The measure will help protect a precious natural resource, while also giving the state flexibility to address droughts and allow for important economic growth. The Assembly approved the legislation back on Earth Day, and the State Senate followed suit last week.