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New York Bans Fracking

On December 17, Gov. Cuomo announced he would ban fracking in the state of New York, citing both public health and environmental risks.“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health. Environment New York worked alongside many groups in the environmental community to protect New Yorkers, our air and and our water from this dangerous drilling. 

News Release | Environment New York

Cuomo Administration Takes Next Step in Making Fracking Ban

Today New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released the long awaiting Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, an environmental review which lays the groundwork for the statewide fracking ban.

A statement from Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York, follows:

"Governor Cuomo listened carefully to the latest science and the voices of millions of New Yorkers when he decided to permanently protect the water, health, and environment of the Empire State from the documented damage of dirty drilling. This is what true leadership looks like.  

We are looking forward to reviewing the impact statement in greater depth, but it seems to encompass what the governor promised. We welcome this critical step in the process toward finalizing New York’s fracking ban once and for all.”

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News Release | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

New York wetlands are ‘shelter from the storm’

Enough wetlands remain in the flood-prone areas of Orange County to hold enough rain to cover Newburgh in more than a foot of water, according to a new report by Environment New York Research & Policy Center.

The analysis, Shelter from the Storm: How Wetlands Protect Our Communities from Flooding, says the area’s wetlands are at risk from pollution and development, however, and so is the region’s natural shield against flood damage.

“Our wetlands are nature’s first line of defense against storms and flooding,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “We need to protect what’s left of them.”

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Report | Environment New York Research and Policy Center

Shelter from the Storm

In the summer of 1993, residents of the American Midwest experienced the most costly flood in the history of the United States. By the end of that summer, the Mississippi River in St. Louis was 20 feet above flood stage, and levee breaks in Illinois led to the inundation of thousands of acres of land. The flood claimed 48 lives and caused nearly $20 billion in damage.

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News Release | Environment New York

President's Earth Day announcement builds on climate legacy

“The new efforts announced today to help protect some of our nation’s most treasured waterways build upon the president's impressive and growing record of action on climate.” 

-- Heather Leibowitz, Environment New York

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News Release | Environment New York

Representatives honor Earth Day with bill to protect public lands from fracking

Today in honor of Earth Day, Representatives Pocan (WI) and Schakowsky (IL) introduced the Protect Our Public Lands Act (POPLA), the first ever Congressional effort to ban fracking on public lands, which would protect precious areas from Florida’s Everglades to New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon. 
 

The Introduction of POPLA comes just one month after the administration released rules regulating fracking on public lands.
 

“We’ve seen fracking contaminate our drinking water, put our families’ health at risk and turn treasured open spaces into industrial zones,” said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York. “Some places are just too precious to drill and frack, and that includes our parks, canyons and forests.”
 

 

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