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New York's Governor Cuomo help protect all of us from fracking.

Dear Friend,

Big news out of New York has major implications across the country for the fight against fracking — the rapidly expanding practice of gas drilling that contaminates drinking water,1 produces cancer-causing air pollution,2 and generates millions of gallons of toxic wastewater.3

Governor Cuomo's administration had been working on rules to lift New York's ban on fracking. And as recently as a few months ago, it appeared all but certain that Governor Cuomo would open New York to fracking before Labor Day.4

But thanks to the fierce public opposition of New Yorkers, including tens of thousands of CREDO members urging Cuomo to maintain New York's current ban, the Cuomo administration just announced that it will "likely" restart the process of drafting fracking regulations, resulting in a major delay of at least many months.5

The delay shows that public pressure, and uncompromising opposition, is an effective tool to stop fracking. Governor Cuomo is considering a run for president in 2016, so he's susceptible to pressure from activists all over the country. If we can convince him to take a leadership role in stopping the reckless rush to frack, what he does in New York can help protect all of us from dangerous fracking.

Tell Governor Cuomo: Be a leader to protect all of us from fracking. Ban fracking in New York. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

CREDO activists in New York have relentlessly gone to the mat to protect New York's water from fracking, and keep public pressure on their governor.

When Governor Cuomo floated a plan to frack New York's Southern Tier this summer, more than 37,000 CREDO activists signed petitions demanding that Cuomo ban fracking. These activists called Cuomo's office 4,000 times in support of the ban. And when Governor Cuomo hosted a "policy summit" to explore his 2016 presidential run, 400 activists were outside at a rally we organized, holding signs declaring "Gov. Cuomo: Don't frack New York."6

This latest delay is an affirmation that our pressure and our clear line in the sand are working. If we can amplify this pressure, we can ban fracking in New York and help fight fracking everywhere it's happening. Sign the petition and New York activists will deliver your signature to the governor at a rally next week in New York City.

Tell Governor Cuomo: Be a leader to protect all of us from fracking. Ban fracking in New York. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The delay also shows the importance of fighting for uncompromised positions when it comes to issues like fracking. Some groups that work in the environmental movement have disappointingly adopted a strategy of preemptively conceding that fracking is an inevitability, and instead of working to prevent fracking are working on rules that would permit the inherently dangerous practice.

We reject that, and are standing with dozens of other groups like Food & Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and New Yorkers Against Fracking to call for a fracking ban in New York. This victory shows that with enough pressure, we can keep fracking from becoming an inevitability.

The simple fact is that since Dick Cheney exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act in his 2005 energy bill, the absence of a federal floor for drilling and chemical disclosure laws means that permitting fracking anywhere only opens the door to weaker and weaker legislation.

The only safe course of action for all of us, including New York, is to ban fracking. Please help amplify our pressure on Governor Cuomo to encourage him to take a stand against fracking, not widen the floodgates.

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Thank you for fighting fracking.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking," ProPublica, May 9, 2011
2. "Study shows air emissions near fracking sites may pose health risk," University of Colorado Denver Newsroom, March 19, 2012
3. "Study finds high risk to drinking water from fracking wastewater," Innovation Trail, August 15, 2012
4. "End of the anti-frack world near," Albany Times Union, August 4, 2012
5. "Shift by Cuomo on Gas Drilling Prompts Both Anger and Praise," New York Times, September 30, 2012
6. "New York Fracking Protest Urges Cuomo To Ban Controversial Drilling," Huffington Post, August 22, 2012


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