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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:49 PM

 

Protesters demand Cuomo ban New York fracking

About 1,000 protesters gathered in Albany, New York on Wednesday ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) annual state of the state address, in hopes of pressuring the governor to end the practice of hydraulic fracturing by natural gas drillers.

Despite the rowdy, vocal display, an aide to the governor confirmed on local talk radio Wednesday morning that Cuomo would not address fracking during his speech.

Activists arrived mid-morning in seven chartered buses, according to The Times Union. They lined up across the Empire State Plaza concourse, protesting along the sole path lawmakers and audience members would have to walk to attend Cuomo’s speech.

The demonstration was organized by an array of progressive groups like Greenpeace, 350.org, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Democracy for America and Environment America, among others. They also sent an open letter to Cuomo on Monday, noting the dangers of fracking-related methane emissions.

“Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, 33 times more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide over 100 years, and about 100 times more potent than carbon dioxide over 20 years,” they wrote. “As such, even small amounts of gas leaked into the atmosphere make enormous contributions to global warming. Increasing evidence, including a study led by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, indicates that methane emissions from HVHF and related operations have been significantly underestimated by both the gas industry and the Environmental Protection Agency.”

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:53 PM

1. k&r

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 03:57 PM

2. K&R! Solidarity for water!

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:06 PM

3. This is really scary and dangerous to our environment.

I hope he prohibits fracking.

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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:08 PM

4. He really should, especially with all his talk about climate change after Sandy. Time to put his

 

money where his mouth is.

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