New campaign to fight fracking in NY

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New fracking opportunities could be taken here in New York despite the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strong stance against it.

The possibility of burning fracked gas in the Finger Lakes has residents and activists calling on Gov. Cuomo on Tuesday to put a stop to this plan. 

“Is Gov. Cuomo a man of his word because if he is, there really is no question, he has to deny the Cayuga frack gas plant,” Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Director at Food and Water Watch, said.

A coal-burning Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing is being switched over to burn instead fracked gas. Residents are worried about the emissions from the plant and increased truck traffic. 

“If Gov. Cuomo hopes to be a climate leader or at least to be portrayed as one, he must start by stopping fossil fuel plants and that ought to start by stopping this plant.”

This campaign launch also comes on the heels of President Trump’s visit to Utica where he admonished the governor for not taking advantage of New York’s fracking potential, saying that not only could fracking lead to more jobs, it also would help with taxes. 

“It’s a shame because you could have had no taxes. You could have had the lowest taxes instead of the highest taxes. And it’s very sad to see what has happened in New York,” Pres. Trump said.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro also said earlier this year that he would support a fracking pilot in the southern tier if elected. 

The governor’s office released this statement:

“The health and safety of New Yorkers is our top priority, which is why there is a rigorous and transparent review process on the books.  This process is overseen by experts at DEC and we rely on their determinations, which are based on facts, science and merit.”

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