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• alerts on new threats to New York's environment
• opportunities to join other New Yorkers on urgent actions
• updates on the decisions that impact our environment
• resources to help you create a cleaner, greener future
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.
The owner of Anheuser-Busch Inc. spent $3,640,000 on lobbying in a single year, according to a new report by Environment New York. The enormous spending came after Anheuser-Busch Inc. dumped 1,396,149 pounds of toxic chemicals into New York’s waterways in 2012.
Environment New York released its “Polluting Politics” report shortly after the introduction of a House bill to block the EPA’s clean water rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways in New York and across the country.
“As it turns out, the same companies that are polluting our rivers with toxic chemicals are also polluting our politics with their spending,” observed Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.
Year after year, polls show that more Americans are concerned with the pollution and quality of our waterways more than any other environmental issue. And after toxins in Lake Erie left 400,000 Toledo, OH residents unable to drink the water coming out of their taps last August, the need to protect our waterways is clear and present.
From Fortune 500 companies like Cabot Oil, to mom-and-pop operators, to firms like Chevron who tout their clean records, virtually all frackers are prone to infractions of environmental rules, a new report says. The analysis of Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry over a four-year period found that the top offenders of air, water, and health protections averaged more than a violation each day.
Fracking is dirty. From the very beginning of clearing a site for drilling, through extraction, transport and delivery of finished products, fracking poses significant risks to our air and water and to human health. People who live and work near fracking sites are at greater risk for respiratory and neurological diseases.
“President Obama’s proposed budget would help safeguard America’s land, water, and climate for future generations. Investments in a greener future are the smart thing to do, and the right thing to do.”