Global Frackdown
- New York 10/18/2013 by Linda Perry, (WBAI News)

United For Action wants WBAI Listeners and online viewers to know about the Saturday Global Frackdown Rally:  The action in New York is titled: Protect NY Food, Milk, Wine and Beer. Here are the details:

While Governor Cuomo celebrates NY food at the Taste NY Brunch at the Chelsea Piers, many groups working in coalition will gather outside for a rally and a day of fun activities for children to celebrate New York water and to protect New York food. We wish to thank Governor Cuomo for keeping NY frack free, so far, and we agree with him that we love NY State's clean water and healthy, tasty food, milk, wine and beer.  We wil tell Governor Cuomo to ban fracking in New York State and to remove all fracking infrastructure.

The day ends with a human pipeline procession on a walking path in Hudson River Park to the site of the Spectra Pipeline, 14 short blocks away.  Please come and join us and bring your family and friends.

When: Saturday 10/19/13 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Where: Pier 62 at Chelsea Piers at West 23rd Street and Hudson River walking path
and Green Park, New York City

And here's a message from Food And Water Watch:

They say The Global Frackdown Day of Action Unites Stakeholders Around the World to Call for Sustainable Energy Solutions.

—On Saturday, October 19, thousands of people concerned about the threat that drilling and fracking for oil and gas poses to the environment, communities and their shared resources will unite through approximately 250 actions on six continents for the second annual Global Frackdown. A coordinated international day of action against fracking, the Global Frackdown will gather concerned citizens in over 25 countries who will send a message to elected officials around the world that they want a future powered by clean, renewable energy, not polluting fossil fuels.

Josh Fox, the director of Gasland says “The Global Frackdown shows that the movement for a ban on fracking is truly worldwide. To frack or not to frack comes down to this simple choice: do we want another fifty years of dependency and addiction to toxic fossil fuels, or do we want to move on, worldwide, to renewable energy.” 

In New York City, a broad coalition of groups will unite at the New York City Wine & Food Festival to articulate how fracking affects food systems and to ask Governor Andrew Cuomo to listen to the science and ban fracking in the state. 

Meanwhile, Californians Against Fracking will convene a rally in Oakland to urge Governor Jerry Brown to ban fracking. In Culver City, California, a coalition of organizations will hold a rally, followed by a five-mile bike ride and walking brigade, to raise aware of the effects of fracking in the Los Angeles Basin and to support a moratorium on fracking in the city of Los Angeles.

A recent poll released by the Pew Research Group finds that opposition to fracking has grown significantly across most regions and demographic groups. Overall, 49 percent are opposed to increased fracking, while only 44 percent support it. As scientific studies continue to confirm the inherent dangers of fracking to the environment and public health, the American people are seeing through the millions of dollars being spent on advertising by the oil and gas industry, and are increasingly opposing fracking.

“Each fracking operation opens dozens of pathways for polluting our water, our air and our land,” observed John Rumpler, senior attorney at Environment America and co-author of the recent report, Fracking by the Numbers: Key Impacts of Dirty Drilling at the State and National Level. “Multiply those threats by tens of thousands of wells and waste disposal sites, and we have an environmental nightmare in the making. The prudent course is to stop this dirty drilling before more damage is done.”

Polls in key states such as New York, California and Pennsylvania show similarly high levels of opposition to fracking. A recent poll released by Siena College finds that 45 percent of New York voters oppose the state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to move forward with fracking in the Southern Tier, the part of New York that extends above Pennsylvania. Only 37 percent said they would support such a move. Meanwhile, in California, 53 percent of likely voters polled by the Public Policy Institute of California said they’re against the expansion of fracking in the state. According to a poll conducted by The Center of Local, State and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan in conjunction with the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, almost two-thirds of Pennsylvanians support a moratorium on fracking until its effects can be better studied.

“Thousands of young activists are converging in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Power Shift 2013, and will join the Global Frackdown, because our generation is determined to use its people power to move beyond fracking,” said Whit Jones, campaign director for Power Shift. “The thousands of young people at Power Shift 2013 are fighting fracking in their communities, and we’re uniting to demand that the Obama Administration and EPA stand up to fracking too.”

Last week, the European Parliament voted to require energy companies to conduct environmental audits before commencing drilling and fracking, and a French court upheld a ban on fracking. Bulgaria and some Swiss and German states have also adopted a ban or a moratorium on fracking activities. Other European Union member states, such as the Czech Republic, Romania and Germany are considering a moratorium on fracking until an adequate regulatory framework has been is in place for unconventional energy projects such as shale gas. To date, 383 communities in the United States have passed measures against fracking.

“Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America says, "On October 19, all of us have an opportunity to make our voices heard about the health and environmental effects of fracking, and the often corrupt process that allows energy companies to take private land and taxpayer-owned assets for fracking and big profits at our expense." He says to show up and be counted.

In August, a million Americans signed petitions objecting to the Obama Administration’s plans to frack on federal lands. Nearly 650,00 of those petitions were collected by Americans Against Fracking member organizations, and called for a complete ban. Weeks later, Food & Water Watch, MoveOn.org, Environmental Action, and other allied organizations in Americans Against Fracking and the Stop the Frack Attack Network collected over 250,000 petitions asking the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to reopen investigations into the possible link between drilling and fracking and water contamination in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.

“All over the world people are rising up to say, ‘Instead of fracking for ever dirtier fuel, it’s time to tap the endless energy of the wind and sun,’” said Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org.

To take a stand against fracking — find an event near you and join the Frackdown!

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