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Senator Avella and Senate Democratic Conference Push Hostile Budget Amendment on Hydrofracking

Senator Avella and Senate Democratic Conference Push Hostile Budget Amendment on Hydrofracking

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Published by: New York State Senate Democratic Conference on Mar 28, 2012
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For Immediate Release
: March 28
, 2012Gary Ginsburg | garykginsburg@gmail.com | 518-817-6193
Avella and Senate Democratic Conference Push Hostile Budget Amendmenton Hydrofracking
 Advocates Join Conference to Call on Senate Republicans to Allow Investigation intoPotential Impacts
(Albany, NY) Senator Tony Avella and the Senate Democratic Conference today will forcefloor action to conduct a health impact study on the hydraulic fracturing process following the
Republican Majority’s removal of designated funds from the 2012
-2013 State Budget.Senator Tony Avella (D-Whitestone), the Ranking Member of the Environmental ConservationCommittee, proposed legislation to provide approximately $300,000 DEC to commission thesestudies, with the purpose of ensuring that the people of the state of New York are fully informedabout any and all potential public health or seismological impacts posed by the extraction of natural gas using horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
“Before we allow companies to start drilling for gas and pumping chemicals near our 
watersheds, it is only reasonable that a study be conducted to provide us with more informationabout the hydrofracking
 process and the potential health impacts,” Senator Avella said. “While
there is no doubt we need to find new energy resources, we cannot afford to extract them while
destroying our health.”
 Katherine Nadeau of the Environmental Advocates of New York said,
“New York State would
be foolish to ignore the science of industrial gas drilling called fracking, not to mention thehundreds of medical experts and associations calling for an independent, comprehensive study of fracking
s health impacts. Environmental Advocates of New York applauds the SenateDemocratic Conference for pushing to fund a Health Impacts Assessment for fracking, becausewithout it our leaders cannot make an informed or responsible decision about whether or not it'spermitted in New York.
 Claire Sandberg, Executive Director of Water Defense, said,
“One only need to look at the
devastation wreaked by fracking in Pennsylvania to see that gas drilling cannot be done safely.There are perhaps hundreds of families just across the border who are without access to safedrinking water because of fracking-related contamination. How can we trust our elected officialswho say we can regulate this inherently dangerous practice, if they don't even support basicfunding to study its effect on our public health? We commend the Senate Democratic Conference

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