FRACK AMERICA, SHIP GAS OVERSEAS?
The Obama Administration will soon decide whether or not to permit gas corporations to export liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The consequences of this decision could have a major impact - if the gas industry can’t export gas overseas, it will, at least in the short term, have to scale back fracking because it’s already producing more shale gas than the U.S. market can readily absorb. On the other hand, if the industry is allowed to ship shale gas to countries where natural gas is four or five times more expensive than it is here at home, then the financial incentive to frack every square of inch America will be tremendous. Unfortunately it appears that the Obama Administration isn’t even considering the environmental and health impacts of fracking as it formulates export policy.
Tell the Obama Administration it must not permit fracked gas to be sold to foreign countries.
CATSKILL CITIZENS REACHES OUT
TO RESIDENTS OF “TARGET” COUNTIES
Governor Cuomo hasn’t leveled with New Yorkers, so no one can predict exactly when or where high-volume hydraulic fracturing may be introduced in the state. One thing is already clear: politically powerful constituencies like New York City will be given a measure of protection that won’t be extended to rural communities. Last summer the Cuomo administration leaked a plan to let the gas industry “frack” five Southern Tier counties while temporarily keeping other areas of the state off-limits. Now those five counties - Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga - are in the industry’s crosshairs.
Next week Catskill Citizens will begin mailing an informational brochure to over 190,000 households in these five target counties. It poses the question “Are you ready to be part of Governor Cuomo’s experiment?” The brochure describes industry exemptions from key environmental laws that can lead to drinking water contamination, and points out that individual property rights are no match for powerful gas drilling corporations.
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