Amazing news from our friends at Food & Water Watch: yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking in New York State. This victory could not have happened without the amazing work of dedicated anti-fracking activists all over the country, including thousands of MoveOn members—especially the dedicated #FrackingFighters in New York State.
Check out the note below from Sarah at Food & Water Watch to hear more about this amazing win, and sign the petition to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley demanding that he ban fracking in his state as well!
Dear MoveOn member,
Huge victory in New York! It's official: The state of New York banned fracking!
This victory is because of the years of education, mobilization and advocacy work to build the political power for holding Governor Cuomo accountable to the people, not the Oil and Gas industry. New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition founded by Food & Water Watch, and the strong network of allies and grassroots activists are directly responsible for this victory. But our work is not done—we need to ban fracking everywhere.
After activists in New York demanded that the health effects of fracking be studied, a two year investigation by the state's own commission confirmed what the movement has been saying all along, that fracking cannot be done safely.
Acting Commissioner of Health for New York State Howard Zucker even said he would not let his family live in an area that has fracking.
Food & Water Watch was the first national group to call for a ban on fracking in the U.S., and this is proof that when you fight for what you want, you can win. Thank you for everything you have done to contribute to this victory. We will take this victory and the example that New York has set to the rest of the country to make sure that families in every state are protected from fracking.
Deputy Organizing Director
Food & Water Watch
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