Fracking Protests Monday
by Geoff Kelly - posted 10:00 am, June 12, 2011
New York State’s temporary ban on issuing permits for deep-well, horizontal hydrofracking expires at the end of this month, but this week the Assembly passed a bill that would extend the moratorium for another year, while the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the US Environmental Protection Agency evaluate the environmental impacts of the controversial practice. The extension is now pending in the Senate.
Also pending in the Senate is a bill that would classify waste produced by natural gas and oil operations as hazardous, subjecting its treatment and disposal to strict regulations.
And there’s yet another bill in the Senate that creates a new regulatory regime for water withdrawal, some of the provisions of which provide loopholes the size of water tankers for hydrofrackers, who require a tremendous quantity of water to operate.
Environmental activists across the state will address these and other issues at a series of demonstrations at senators’ offices on Monday afternoon. Here are the times and locations and the senators to be lobbied:
Buffalo (Grisanti): 65 Court Street, Buffalo, NY – 12 PM
Depew (Gallivan): 4729 Transit Road Suite 7, Depew, NY – 4 PM
Syracuse (DeFrancisco): 333 East Washington Street, Syracuse, NY – 4 PM
Middletown (Bonacic): 201 Dolson Avenue, Middletown, NY- 4 PM
Poughkeepsie (Saland): 3 Neptune Road, Poughkeepsie, NY- 4 PM
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (Golden): 7408 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY- 4 PM
Oneonta (Seward): 41 So. Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820- 4 PM
Seneca Falls (Nozzolio): 119 Fall Street, Seneca Falls NY 13148- 4 PM
Troy (McDonald): 433 River Street Hedley Bldg. Troy, NY- 4 PM
Binghamton (Libous): 1607 State Office Building 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY – 4 PM