Nader to Cuomo: Drop Fracking

Ralph Nader wants Governor Andrew Cuomo to drop hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking.

In a letter sent to Cuomo today, Nader urged Cuomo “to reject the industry-led push to allow fracking in New York State.”

There has been a de facto moratorium against fracking in New York State.  But Cuomo is expected to make a decision within the next couple of months over whether to allow fracking in some upstate counties.

“Before you make a final decision on fracking, it is incumbent on you to meet with some of the most knowledgeable opponents of this technology, I would be happy to assemble a small group of scientific and public health experts who can knowledgeably present the case against fracking,” Nader said. “Once you directly hear these arguments and cross-examine these experts in this dialogue, you will see the short and long-term problems with fracking substantially outweigh the promised benefits.”

Last year, Nader signed onto a letter to Cuomo pointing out some of the “devastating consequences of fracking and with New York State’s approach to properly evaluating the environmental impact of this dangerous and unnecessary technology.”

Over 20,000 people have since signed that letter.

“The opposition is growing by the week as more people experience or learn about fracking impacts,” Nader wrote today.


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