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‘Not One Well’ gas campaign launched

ALBANY — A coalition of groups opposed to the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing have launched the “Not One Well” campaign.

The effort is designed to head off the possibility Gov. Andrew Cuomo might approve a limited pilot program to allow fracked wells in Southern Tier communities with the approval of local elected officials.

The option was first floated in the summer of 2012, to great disapproval from anti-fracking forces, who described such regions of potential drilling as “sacrifice zones.”

“Our rallying cry then is the same as it is now: not one well,” said Julia Walsh of Frack Action at a Capitol news conference on Wednesday.

Advocates on both sides of the issue are awaiting the release of the long-gestating health impact review by the state Department of Health, which was charged in February 2013 with assessing the Department of Environmental Conservation’s regulatory blueprint for fracking. The review was begun by former Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, who left the administration last spring, and is being completed under Acting Commissioner Howard Zucker.

Cuomo said the review will be completed by the end of December. It is expected to be released to the public at the same time the governor gets it.

The “Not One Well” campaign will involve social media as well as billboards — one has already gone up at the confluence of I-90 and I-787 — as well as what Walsh called “the largest State of the State anti-fracking rally ever” before Cuomo’s annual speech on Jan. 7.

Advocates from coalition partners including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Food & Water Watch, Environmental Advocates, Riverkeeper and more renewed their call for Cuomo to implement a formal three- to five-year moratorium on fracking to allow for even more scientific study of its environmental and health impacts.

Kate Sinding, a senior attorney with the NRDC, said she was confident Cuomo would be on firm legal ground to impose such a moratorium as an executive order — which would keep the issue away from a potentially tangled legislative process.

“We wait — but we will not wait silently,” said William Cooke of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

Advocates acknowledged that they were only speculating about what Cuomo might do after the release of the DOH report, and that no hard information on a possible pilot program had come to light.



  1. Fracturing is a Completion technique.

  2. Baker Hughes exec admitted that Fracking causes cancer… Now what? Go ahead and defend it…

  3. If your against drilling and fracing your anti American

  4. Fracking causes cancer ? Google it ? Wow. You’re fruitier than a nutcake. Or nuttier than a fruitcake.

  5. Question: What did liberals use before candles ?

    Answer : Electricity.

  6. We get our electricity locally from a nuclear power plant.

  7. People inform yourself before you make comments that make you sound even dumber than you are, fracing has nothing to do with drilling, it is a completions process, also anything that we put down hole you can find in your food or under your sink. So before you make uninformed comments do a little research and find out for yourself not just what you read from the media becouse obviously they have no clue, they don’t even know the difference between drilling and fracing

  8. People are just jealous beause theyre not makin money

  9. Since when is frac considered a drilling technique?

  10. I have an idea for those who are against fracing, drilling, oil and gas industry in particular….


    2) hope your hot water heater isn’t run off natural gas or propane

    3) don’t buy anything rubber!!

    4) don’t use plastic bottles

    And the list goes on. You want to stop fracing… Fine be prepared to drill 4 x as many vertical wells to meet the production of one horizontal fraced well… Good luck on that one

  11. I’m only against Fracking. Not oil, gas or coal.

  12. Some of you guys have been watching too many Sandra Bullock movies. If it was that bad it wouldnt be happening. Maybe its a government conspiricy.

  13. Ship them to an island so they can live in a cave w no light or heat only the sun. See how long they will stay. Burn no wood no electricity it is generated by coal and natural gas. These people need to quit being Hippocrates and figure it out.

  14. The CDC ( that’s the Center for Disease Control ) backs up my facts.

  15. You guys crack me up! For everything there is a crusader. Logging, Gold minning, Power plants, War, Police, Gov, Oil drilling? The list goe’s on and on. Don’t let the “Panzee’s” get under your skin.

  16. I’m a conservative, not a libtard. I’m not for sharia law.

  17. A CDC report that just came out in September confirms that air quality near Fracking wells exceeds safe levels. Actually some of them pose an imminent health risk. One Wyoming town they took air samples from has worse air quality than downtown Los Angeles. These are FACTS. Calling me names doesn’t change the truth.

  18. We need to disconnect gas supplies to these IDIOTS and let them go get wood and heat their homes with wood, and nothing that gas is used to process, get a horse and buggy (horse cant have shoes factory made as they use gas) and the buggy can’t be factory made ether! Their electricity needs shut off as most comes from coal and gas fired plants and their cars burn gasoline that comes from wells that are fracked too! Most of everything to use everyday has used gas and oil to process or is made from oil! THIS IS ALMOST EVERY THING WE USE DAILY! WISE UP!

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