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Posted 5/8/12- Vermont bans fracking, 103 NY towns also act

On Friday, the Vermont House of Representatives voted 103-36 to ban hydrofracking. They also voted to bar the toxic flowback from hydrofracking from being imported into the state for “treatment” or disposal -interpreted by some as a signal to New York that if it allows fracking it will not be permitted to use Vermont as a dumping ground for wastewater.

To date, approximately 103 municipalities in NY State have voted for moratoria or outright bans on fracking, fearing that the State will not act to protect its citizens (The City of Beacon in Dutchess County being the latest, passing a ban last evening).

The Center for Sustainable Rural Communities (CSRC) urges all towns and villages in NY to act quickly to either pass moratoria or bans on the reckless practice of hydrofracking before permits are issued. Once permits are issued, it will become much more difficult, if not impossible, for towns and villages to protect the health, safety, quality of life and property values of their residents from the impacts of gas drilling.

The CSRC can provide assistance to municipalities in NY State considering a comprehensive review of their land use regulations with the goal of protecting its residents from hydrofracking. The CSRC will also provide assistance and resources tor citizen’s groups advocating for proactive measures to address the impacts of hydrofracking.




On Thursday November 8th the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities in partnership with SUNY-Cobleskill Liberal Studies Department presented Robert Freeman, Executive Director, NY State Department of State, Committee on Open Government. Mr. Freeman spoke about open government and freedom of information regulations in NY State, providing attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary to advocate for transparency in local government.

Hundreds rally at Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta, New York calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop the proposed 127 mile long Constitution pipeline.

CLICK HERE to visit Stop the Pipeline for more information.

Geologist Paul Rubin discusses earthquake faults and aquifers at press conference in Albany, NY on January 23, 2012)

Mike Shuster, left, and Lisa Zaccaglini, both of Sharon Springs, N.Y., hold signs during a rally against hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region of the state, at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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