The current governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, gave his latest State of the State address on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014. Despite the massive public concern over a held-off decision whether to allow companies to use the controversial gas-drilling method known as ‘hydraulic fracturing’ within the state, not a word about it was mentioned about it in his speech.
While the governor was speaking, opponents of hydro-fracturing held a rally outside the capitol.
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing want Governor Cuomo to keep the ban in place and protect the public health by protecting the environment, and that means permanently banning ‘hydrofracking’ in the state.
Polls show that residents of New York State are overwhelmingly against the practice of Hydrofracking, due to the growing evidence of its harmful environmental impact on water resources by the dangerous chemicals used in the practice.
Despite the industries attempts to cover up the harmful effects of ‘hydro-fracking’, through gags orders, media and political manipulation, and outright lies, more and more of the truths about hydraulic fracturing is coming to light, thanks to alternative news media, that are independent of the oil and gas industries political control.
Unfortunately, the decision whether to lift a ban on the harmful practice, or to change the current moratorium into a permanent ban will be decided NOT by the residents of the State, who depend on the quality of their drinking water, but by one person, the Governor of the state, who is heavily influenced by the wealth and political influence of industry. Farmers, wineries, and concerned citizens will not have any say in this decision.
To his credit, for over four years, governor Cuomo has held off on a decision, but it boils down to this, he can decide to end the temporary ban on hydrofracking and allow the oil and gas industry to run roughshod over small communities and the environment, in their zeal for unfettered profits, or he can make the ban permanent to protect the citizens of New York State forever. We must remind him that it’s the individual citizenry he’s supposed to be protecting.
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