Several dozen Brooklyn residents gathered at the borough's iconic Grand Arrmy Plaza to protest plans to legalize fracking to New York State. Governor Cuomo is deciding whether to allow this dangerous (to our health and lives) method of extracting gas from deeply-buried shale deposits. The method violently injects vast amounts of water laced with dangerous chemicals deep into the earth to fracture (thus, fracking) the shale formations to release trapped natural gas. Vast profits for gas companies will be the result but at a terrible expense - the distinct possibility of poisoning our drinking water supply, tainting it with carcinogens or turning it flammable by accidentally injecting flammable gas into the water table.
At the same time, Congress has demonstrated a terrible lack of concern. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and its devastation, Congress today approved a pipeline to transport fracked shale gas. The pipeline, which has garnered tremendous opposition in communities under which it would extend, would pass under Brooklyn and terminate in the Rockaways, which has suffered unimaginable damage from the storm. To insert a high-pressure gas pipeline into that fragile ecosystem, so vulnerable to storms, is irresponsible and demonstrates a depraved indifference. It shows, once again, the role played by powerful monied interests who have maximum profits, not people's welfare, as their only goal. A video on that pipeline is visible here.
The protesters urged New Yorkers to deluge the Governor with phone calls, emails and letters demanding that he act decisively to protect the health and safety of the people of this state by banning fracking , once and for all, in New York state.
The Governor can be reached by phone at (518) 474-8390. You should call right now! Or you may email or send paper mail at this link: Email Governor Cuomo. Please act now!