The following email letter from Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting, has some call to action and some very positive news!
The Coalition Letter which requests that Governor Cuomo
Immediately Withdraw the Revised Draft SGEIS NOW HAS MORE THAN
20,000 SIGNATORIES!!! Can you believe that??? Wow. That
is more than twice as many signatories than we compiled in a year
for a similar letter to Governor Paterson!
Thank you Working Families Party for circulating an
alert and the coalition letter for your membership's
assistance is deeply appreciated. I urge all activists in New
York's Marcellus Shale gas fight to thank WFP and to contribute
generously to their efforts.
Check out how signatories are now sorted by: Government Officials;
Physicians, Scientists and Health Professionals; Environmental,
Civic and Public Interest Organizations; Wineries, Tourism and
Other Businesses; Farmers and Agricultural Organizations and
Citizens. You will be thrilled.
The coalition letter has more than 200 official endorsements and
more than 1,000 referenced supporting organizations. That is
an extremely formidable and impressive political coalition
entirely capable of Heavy Lifting.
Many thanks to Ralph Nader, my esteemed colleague of many decades
who almost never signs coalition letters, and John Richard,
Binghamton Southside native, my stalwart companion of too many
public interest battles to count, for their support. I am humbled
by your assistance. I know what it means to those who decide.
I wish to express my gratitude, again, to Assemblywoman Barbara
Lifton for all she has done to organize legislators and so many
others. I salute your achievements.
Revised Draft SGEIS is the main line of defense against
horizontal hydrofracturing in New York. Stay tuned for more
heavy-hitters and important groups signing the coalition letter.
For good or for ill, this could be the beginning of the end. All
hands on deck. Keep
pushing Governor Cuomo. He is the key. STAY ON MESSAGE. Call and
email. See below.
I implore everyone to give it everything you have got each and
every day until I ask you to stop. We can win this fight, but it will require epic
effort. After two years of day-to-day advocacy and organizing, we
might be good. No let up down the homestretch!!!
Pressure to Withdraw the Revised Draft SGEIS is intense and
getting stronger each and every day. Stay focused. Keep piling
on. Hundreds of groups and key players are echoing that message
along with thousands of citizens. Chant that political mantra
at every opportunity.
NOTE: Signatories of earlier coalition letters are not carried
forward. Please sign the letter to Governor Cuomo if you have
not already done so: http://www.toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/cuomo/coalition_letter/2011
Here are major developments that bode well for a rip-roaring start
to the New Year:
1. Binghamton, the largest community in Broome County,
passed a local ban shale gas hydrofracturing last week by a vote
of 6-1. Even though the legality and efficacy of local bans
and zoning ordinances have yet to be determined, there is no
question that this ban tells Governor Cuomo that a large part of
the Southern Tier does not want to have anything to do with
horizontal hydrofracturing. That is a powerful message because
Broome, Tioga and Chemung Counties are precisely where the
Governor wants to allow Marcellus Shale gas extraction. Many
thanks to Binghamton Mayor, Matt Ryan, local activist, Issac
Silberman, activists who showed up at the hearing and all the City
Council reps who voted "yes:" Teri Rennia, Bob Weslar, Sean
Massey, Lea Webb, Charles Kramer and Edward M. Collins. Only
Martin Gerchman voted
See Binghamton Mayor Matt
Ryan interviewed on this matter: http://www.capitaltonight.com/2011/12/binghamton-mayor-defends-hydrofracking-moratorium/
See a video of my statement in favor: http://www.toxicstargeting.com/MarcellusShale/videos/2011/12/21/binghamton-testimony
See two clips about the matter:
the "Millionaires" tax code issue and much of the budget were
the recent special session, there might be no bigger matter than
Marcellus Shale in Albany during the months to come. It
is imperative that we generate maximum pressure on Governor
Cuomo to withdraw the Revised Draft SGEIS FROM DAY ONE OF THE
LEGISLATIVE SESSION. That is why I urge each and every one
of you to attend the State of the State address on 1-4-12.
Governor Cuomo has to know that this issue is his number one
burden to bear.
Details to follow. Mark your calendar!!! Get there. No
3. I encourage everyone to submit
Revised Draft SGEIS comments by 1-11-12 even though there is
virtually no chance that DEC will meaningfully address the
shortcomings of its proposal. Use the coalition letter as a
guide. Make sure you call for DEC's fatally flawed proposal
withdrawn and "sent back to the drawing board."