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Letter: Ban Fracking in New York

State Senator Jack Martins needs to support legislation to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York.

Fracking is the biggest environmental issue of our time. With each frack, 80,000 pounds of toxic chemicals will be introduced into our land.  Seventy percent of this fracking fluid will stay underground. This stuff is not biodegradable.  Our water and air will ultimately be polluted.  

I am one of over 2,000 constituents of Senator Martins who signed a petition asking Senator Martins to ban fracking in New York. Instead of taking action, Senator Martins authored a bill to prevent waste water from fracking to be treated on Long Island. This may be well intentioned, but the only solution to this problem is quite simple:  Keep fracking out of New York.  Period. Senator, where’s the sense of urgency to support legislation to ban fracking in the state of New York?

Senator Martins has been saying for months that “we should hold off on hydro-fracking in New York State.” I urge Senator Martins to take a stand for Long Islanders and support legislation to ban fracking in New York State.

Wendy Paladino