Last night, in the face of overwhelming public opposition, the Delaware River Basin Commission unanimously voted to table a request by ExxonMobil to withdraw 250,000 gallons of water a day from a Special Protection trout stream in Broome County New York. The commission promised to hold a public hearing in the vicinity that would be impacted by the withdrawal before rendering a decision on the application.
Even though the gas industry hasn’t figured out a safe way to extract shale gas, it wants the American taxpayer to subsidize a program to create a demand for the product–and lock the U.S. into decades of dependency on fossil fuels. H.R. 1380 (AKA the Pickens plan) would use tax credits (Washington speak for “your money”) to promote the manufacture and purchase of vehicles that run on natural gas.
This costly giveaway would be on top of the thirteen billion dollars a year in subsidies that the industry already gets from the American taxpayer. Reality check: these corporations made a trillion dollars in profit over the last ten years. Now they want even more of your money!
Tell your Representative “Don’t be a fossil fool! Oppose H R. 1380!”
Proof Positive: Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water
Last month a peer-reviewed report from Cornell University demonstrated that shale gas was even dirtier than coal because the process of extraction and transmission creates enormous volumes of greenhouse gases. This week another peer-reviewed study, from Duke University, proves that hydraulic fracturing pollutes drinking water. Private water wells in the vicinity of fracking operations are seventeen times more likely to be contaminated with methane than wells in other areas.
Saturday June 4th, an Evening alongside the Delaware River
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