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Dec 21 / Chambers

Resolve to Make Your Voice Heard on NY’s Fracking Proposal in 2012: Host a Fracking Comment Party

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As the year winds down, Riverkeeper celebrates the Don’t Frack with NY community for what we have achieved this year. We have accomplished a lot recently – the Delaware River Basin Commission suspended its vote on its gas drilling regulations in November and, in December, the U.S. EPA acknowledged for the first time that there is a link between fracking and water contamination. However, our biggest battles are still ahead, and there remains a lot to be done to protect New York’s residents and our water.

You have until Jan. 11, 2012 to submit your comments on New York’s fracking proposal. A great way to use the time between now and then is to host a comment writing party with your community, so you can share ideas and educate others who might not be familiar with NY’s proposal.

Here’s our how to:
(1) Invite friends, family, or community members to your home or a local gathering space to learn more about fracking and how to submit comments on New York’s fracking proposal. You can learn more about fracking by reviewing our presentation.

(2) Distribute some how-to’s at the party. Riverkeeper has published a comment guide, fact sheet on fracking and a list of the Top 10 Flaws with NY’s Fracking Proposal.

(3) Bring some paper, pens, envelopes and stamps for people to send their comments. Please mail your comments by Saturday, Jan. 7 to ensure their timely delivery by Jan. 11. If you are tech-savvy, you can also invite people to bring their laptops so that they can submit their comments online.

Why you should act now:
Albany could permit companies to frack in NY starting as early as 2012— and we now know the horror story that can result from fracking activities. Families in Dimock, PA have had their wells destroyed by fracking and have yet to have their water restored.

Have questions or plan on hosting a fracking comment party? Contact Riverkeeper Membership & Events Manager Dan Shapley at We’d love to post good stories about your efforts on the blog or just hear what you have planned.

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