New York residents rally at Capitol to press for moratorium on fracking
- Year: 2013
- Length: 3:46 minutes (3.44 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
As concerns about hydraulic fracturing grow across the country, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Monday a bill to regulate the industry. Characterizing the measure as the country’s “strongest” fracking regulations, Quinn said the law could lead to the creation of thousands of jobs while also ensuring “natural resources are protected for future generations.” The law requires companies to test water and disclose chemicals before and after wells are fracked. And they’ll have to store toxic waste generated during the process in above ground tanks rather than injecting it back into the ground, as is done in other states. But some environmentalists and residents say the measure doesn’t go far enough, and are demanding the state issue a moratorium until the health and environmental impacts of fracking are more fully known. Fracking opponents in New York also continue to pressure elected officials. Yesterday, thousands of people gathered at the New York state Capitol in Albany to press for a moratorium too. FSRN’s James Krivo was there and brings the voices of Onondaga Nation Chief Oren Lyons, Stanford University Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor Mark Jacobson, Ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber and musician Natalie Merchant.