Time to clean this up a bit and also get the word out about a new way to participate.
First, the new way to participate. Sandra Steingraber has another 30 Days of Fracking site up, this time regarding horribly inadequate proposed regulations for permitting Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facilities in New York State. A little background, such facilities have been banned from New York since 1976 since, in the 1970s, such a facility exploded on Staten Island, killing 40 workers and causing a lot of damage to the area. And that's aside from being horrible environmentally.
Well, now the natural gas companies are moving to get LNG facilities back in New York and the current proposal that would regulate these facilities is woefully inadequate. How bad? Enough to write at least 30 individual letters about, detailing why each section won't cut it. Interested in helping out? Sandra has provided a great tool on her website to assist you in writing letters to the DEC. I hope you'll join me in contributing every day! www.thirtydaysoffrackingregs.c…
**Good news everyone! The deadline for the above mentioned comment period has been extended 30 days! You now have until December 4th to submit comments regarding the LNG regulations.**
Also, another good site to share, hope you'll all jump on board: Call Cuomo www.callcuomo.com/
Yep, that simple. April is a month these 23 organizations think is crucial for flooding Cuomo's phone lines and imploring him to put science and our health ahead of the profits of the oil and gas industries. If you live in New York, nearby, or simply visit New York for pleasure or business, I hope you would pick up the phone and let Cuomo know what you think. You have my gratitude if you do.
Below is the rest of the information from the previous Journal. I tried to weed out the dead links, but there's still good information. Keep fighting, and thanks for reading.
Don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, but I guess not being a social butterfly could be a part of it.
I don't want to turn this journal into a big angry debate, so if you're of an opposing opinion I kindly ask that you rally people up in your own space. However, if you live in New York then this matters to you. Currently there is a (short) comment period open on the (woefully inadequate) proposed regulations for permitting high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York*. I've expressed my opinion and explained it quite a bit in this deviation: xdx.deviantart.com/art/Water-W…
So I won't repeat myself.
Want more information, here's some good resources (WARNING: Wall of text):
•Toxics Targeting: www.toxicstargeting.com/Marcel…
Walter Hang has been fighting this fight since it started and he's always got good information. Good e-mail list to sign up for if nothing else. He also helps organize demonstrations to drop in on Cuomo.
•Food and Water Watch: www.foodandwaterwatch.org/wate…
National organization, broader actions, but still one to get behind. Online petitions and such.
Another one here in New York. Started by some people in the Finger Lakes region, again an organization that distributes information and organizes action. Has some Occupy spirit to it and always looks for support from artists and media activists.
•Artists Against Fracking: artistsagainstfracking.com/
Kind of the national and higher profile version of ShaleShock, though still putting a magnifying glass on New York. Started by Yoko Ono and Sea Lennon and has a ton of celebrities behind it (while that shouldn't matter, they can cause a bit more of a ruckus about something than you or I can alone. . . legally)
•Frack Action: www.frackaction.com/
Another one from New York. A lot of the same stuff as above, with some inventive actions of their own.
•Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy: catskillcitizens.org/
Another very vocal group from New York. Recently delivered almost 24,000 comments on the recent comment period for the proposed regulations of fracking in New York. All from an organization, as they boast on their website, "that doesn't have a single paid staff member, or even an office."
Thank you for reading, and my eternal gratitude if you even take one action for this cause.