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Letter: Permanent Ban Against Hydrofracking Needed

Earlier this week New York State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-East End) introduced a bill to institute a five year moratorium on all hydraulic fracking in New York. Food & Water Watch applauds Senator LaValle for his leadership in the fight against hydrofracking, a dirty industry that, if allowed in New York, would endanger the state’s food, water, air and communities. This moratorium is a significant step toward a permanent ban of the process.

Senator LaValle is bravely putting the health and safety of his constituents above the greed of the natural gas lobby, and we urge Long Island’s other senators to support Senator LaValle’s bill immediately. The Senate majority should ensure the passage of this important bill this legislative session.

The people of Long Island, just like the majority of New Yorkers, are clear in their disapproval of hydrofracking. Senator Jack Martins, in particular, is facing rising pressure from his constituents to support a permanent fracking ban. Over 2,000 constituents, and over 70 local small businesses, community organizations and religious groups in his district have signed petitions asking him to support legislation banning fracking in New York. These Long Islanders join thousands from around the state – from Niagara Falls to the Hudson Valley – who have expressed their disapproval of hydrofracking.”

Sam Bernhardt
Food & Water Watch Organizer