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Governor Cuomo is deciding whether to allow hydrofracking in New York amid reports of its adverse impacts upon drinking water, human health, and local economies in other states. While public outcry has served to delay the rush to drill in New York, the Governor's decision could come at any time.

Action Alert!

Act now — before it’s too late.


Call Governor Cuomo and tell him to ban fracking today!

New York needs a fracking ban because:

  • We need clean drinking water. Communities across the nation have found that fracking is contaminating water supplies. Fracking waste includes benzene and other volatile aromatic hydrocarbons, toxic metals including barium, and soluble radioactive compounds including thorium, radium, and uranium.1 Fracking in New York State would produce millions of gallons of this toxic waste, posing a significant threat to reservoirs and other water supplies.2
  • We can't sacrifice public health. The breadth of fracking's effects on human health has yet to be fully captured and quantified. According to independent public health experts, fracking "has the potential to significantly and negatively impact the health of our citizens, especially those with respiratory ailments, the elderly, infants and children, pregnant women and their unborn children."3

  • Climate-wise, fracking is a step in the wrong direction. Not only does fracking release massive quantities of the powerful greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, if undertaken in New York, the resource-intensive practice may quickly divert the state's precious energy investment dollars away from renewable technologies such as wind and solar power.

  • Many of New York's economies depend on the resources fracking puts at risk. Organic farms, dairy farms, and wineries could all be negatively affected by fracking, as could tourism, sport fishing, and hunting. Potential short-term financial benefits are outweighed by the risk of long-term environmental and economic damage that fracking could bring about through contamination of our land and water.

For more information, call NYPIRG at 212-349-6460.

1. Robert Howarth and Others, letter to N.Y. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Sept. 15, 2011. Found in Nature, Volume 477 p. 273.

2. David O. Carpenter, M.D., testimony before the Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation, Assembly Standing Committee on Health and Assembly Administrative Regulations Review Commission on the Department of Environmental Conservation's Proposed High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations, Albany, New York, January 10, 2013.

3. Dr. Larysa Dyrszka and Others, letter to Nirav R. Shah, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health, Feb. 28, 2011. Accessed at concerned