Close to 100 anti-fracking activists gathered outside the New York State Fair on Thursday during the show’s Governor’s Day, asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to back a ban on oil and gas drilling.
“Ban fracking now and let’s build an energy system that protects the things we love,” said Jessica Azulay, an activist. “We are not trying to kill jobs or economic development — we are saying yes to renewable energy and the thousands of jobs it will create.”
Shortly after the assembly ended, Gov. Cuomo’s office sent a 1,173-word press release detailing a solar energy project that indicates that New York backs innovative solar energy, reported Syracuse.com.
Most speakers opposed fracking, which is banned in New York under a 6-year moratorium, will pollute water sources that are critical to the state’s agriculture industry, a sector that was highly feted at the fair.
Though Cuomo visited the fair earlier, he didn’t attend the rally. His two Democrat opponents; comedian Randy Credico and Zephyr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University, attended the rally and told the press that they also opposed fracking.
Cuomo has said that he is waiting for the state Department of Health and Department of Environmental Conservation to provide him with further information before he decides whether to allow hydraulic fracturing activities to be conducted in New York.
Fracking is a controversial method of extracting oil and gas from underground rocks that involves blasting a high-pressure mix of chemicals, water and sand in order to cause tiny fractures in the rocks, releasing the trapped oil and gas.To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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