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Anti-Fracking Rally Held at Skelos' Office

Long Island community leaders, residents call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Dean Skelos to ban hydraulic fracturing.

Long Island community leaders and more than 100 residents rallied outside State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' district office Saturday to voice their opposition to hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a highly controversial natural gas drilling method currently being considered for New York by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature.

Local business, consumer rights, environmental, faith and student leaders discussed why fracking is a dangerous threat to Long Island.

The rally was just one of hundreds that took place throughout the world Saturday as part of the Global Frackdown, a worldwide day of anti-fracking action and advocacy organized by Food & Water Watch, an international consumer rights organization.

More than a dozen Global Frackdown events throughout New York and more than 100 worldwide occurred Saturday.

"We've seen the destructive results of fracking in other states and other countries around the world, and we're not willing to risk the safety of our food or drinking water here in New York," said Victor Perez, a Long Island coordinator with Food & Water Watch. "We must keep up the pressure on Governor Cuomo and Senator Skelos, because we need fracking banned now."

"New York is known for its agriculture and tourism, not its natural gas drilling," added Brian Lupo, a New York Public Interest Group campus coordinator at Nassau Community College. "As a student organizer, I believe allowing fracking to happen anywhere in New York would be setting a precedent for generations to come that it’s okay to put short term profits over the environment and public health."

Frank September 25, 2012 at 04:18 PM
You Anti-Frackers are the worst examples of how our educational system has failed America. Take a read: http://rockvillecentre.patch.com/articles/protesters-rally-against-fracking-outside-skelos-hq Hypocrites! You're worried about upstate Fracking but Nassau County dumps A supertanker a day of human sewage and other nasty chemicals into the western bays... the largest ecological disaster in Western Nassau (if not Long Island), and you anti-frackers don't even blink? And you want gas without Fracking? How about protesting Nassau to use all the biogas (methane) that each Nassau Waste Treatment plant wastefully flares into the atmosphere!!! That biogas ( a renewable fuel) could be used to generate power. The electrical generation alone would offset treatment costs and relieve the county of buying millions of gallons of diesel fuel for power. Yet there are no protests at Skelos' office begging for the extension of the outflow pipes into the Atlantic, the wasteful flaring of biogas, cooling towers for Island Park Power Plant,,, nothing... Just Fracking. Like I said in the past, you are all a bunch of hypocritical muggles.
No one owes us anything September 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM
These "green" fanatics are destroying this country piece by piece. I guess they feel that the preferable alternative is to be beholden to the middle eastern countries, oh by the way...who HATE us, for our energy needs. If we used the resources in our own country we would not have to rely on any other country, but no....the whack jobs stop progress and deny jobs at every turn. I think that they have been sipping the "Kool Aid" for so long that they have completely lost touch with reality. Snap out of it you flower children....we need to tap into the resources readily available in this country and we need to put people to work. Their stupid ideology is so yesterday. Hello....have they been watching what is going on in the world. It is time for them to grow up at last.
Frank September 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
How about protesting the following issues @ skelos' office? 1. The Bethpage Grumman/US Navy chemical contamination fiasco. Why isn't the government cleaning this mess up? how many more cancers does it take to prove there's a connection? 2. The brownfield blight in Uniondale - We need to build a food terminal, business incubator, something... in order to create real jobs for LIers 3. More choices for electrical power on LI. LI did not ask for Shoreham, but they've been dearly paying for that sin... time to dissolve the debt and get power competition on LI. That is the only way businesses can survive on LI. 4. Emergency Room fiasco. More and more of our ERs are crammed with people that use the ER as a Drs office. This has to stop. Push for the creation of clinics that will accept the indigent and free ERs to treat real emergencies. 5. Planes over Nassau - No Brainer... from what my daughter and son tell me, the noise is getting worse. Someone needs to champion quality of life on LI. So instead of being stupid and protesting America's need for energy independence from the Middle East (and all the wars and loss of American life simply for "black gold"), embrace fracking (in a responsible manner) as one of of the means to accomplish this goal. Do you all have dementia? Of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks, and 15 of the 19 were citizens of Saudi Arabia - a major oil exporting nation to the US. The Middle East is not our friend.

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