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Avella Calls on Cuomo to Meet With Him To Discuss Hydrofracking

Senator wants governor to discuss hydraulic fracturing with state environmentalists and scientists.

State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to meet with him to discuss hydrofracking before a decision is made on whether to allow the controversial practice in New York State.

The senator sent a letter to the governor, requesting that they meet along with a group of scientists, medical professionals and environmentalists to discuss hydraulic fracturing, which involves extracting natural gas and petroleum by drilling into rock layers.

Last month, the New York Times reported that Cuomo was along certain counties on the New York-Pennsylvania border.

Avella has long been an opponent of hydrofracking, .

In his letter, the senator calls on the governor to hear what state scientists and environmentalists have to say on the matter.

“Many of these professionals have spent tremendous amounts of time and resources to provide both the administration and the Department of Environmental Conservation with scientific data raising their professional concerns about the safety of hydrofracking,” Avella wrote to the governor. “Yet, inexplicably, there has been virtually no return outreach from either your staff or DEC staff to engage in detailed conversations with these respected members of the medical and scientific communities.”

In May, Patch and more than 2,000 people cast their vote.

DRILL NOW July 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Four years of analysis and this guy think he know more? NOT... Release the SGES and let's get this party started!!!
Arthur J caputo July 21, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I said it before and i'll say it again Avella is the best politician in NY. His common sense approaches to the cities problems are to be admired. Run for mayor ,the city and it's people needs you.
Ed July 21, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Good for Avella & for us! It's time we stopped Cuomo and his corporate backers from polluting our water for more profits and campaign funds. See these: Study: Fluids Can Migrate in Marcellus Shale Area | FDL News Desk http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/07/10/study-fluids-can-migrate-in-marcellus-shale-area/ Confirmed: Fracking can pollute - Salon.com http://www.salon.com/2012/07/09/confirmed_fracking_can_pollute/?source=newsletter THE SKY IS PINK by Josh Fox and the GASLAND Team on Vimeo http://vimeo.com/44367635
Arthur J caputo July 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Thanks Ed for posting the much needed information.
Ed July 22, 2012 at 03:59 PM
You're very welcome! Please share it widely, including to Gov. Cuomo.

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