Over 100 Long Island residents plan to protest outside a political fundraiser tonight feting retiring Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, where Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to appear, to send a message of opposition to fracking in New York State.
The protesters will remind the governor and his supporters of steadfast and growing opposition to fracking and call on Cuomo to to ban the process of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from shale and veto a plan to build "a dangerous and unnecessary" liquefied natural gas terminal, the Port Ambrose LNG terminal, just off Long Island’s South Shore.
“Governor Cuomo needs to see that opposition to fracking is widespread and will continue growing as New Yorkers learn more and more about the many dangers gas development brings to communities large and small,” said Alex Beauchamp, regional director at Food & Water Watch, a consumer rights group. “We need him to protect our state, and we’ll follow him everywhere he goes – especially as his reelection campaign heats up – until he bans fracking once and for all.”
As fracking and natural gas operations have expanded in other states, they have increasingly been accompanied by serious disasters and emergencies. Just weeks ago in Pennsylvania, a natural gas well exploded, killing a worker, shaking homes, sparking a fire that burned for four days, and emitting gas into the atmosphere. In July in West Virginia, a fracking explosion injured at least five people and led to state and federal investigations.