Another day, another lobbying event at the Capitol regarding hydrofracking.
The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York is having a lobby day of its own on Wednesday, two days after a conference of students held a protest outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office against hydrofracking for natural gas.
The group is also putting out a series of postcards targeting environmental groups’ claims about hydrofracking, including the one at left, which takes aim at a commercial produced by the New York Water Rangers.
“Natural gas exploration is powering an economic resurgence in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia,” IOGA executive director Brad Gill said in a statement. “But New York has watched and waited. Science continues to tell us that natural gas is vital to our nation’s business, environment and economic future, yet political, not environmental, motivations have slowed progress.”
There doesn’t appear to be a rally or public portion of IOGA’s lobbying event; instead, members will be meeting with lawmakers throughout the day.
The gas industry and many environmental groups, of course, don’t quite see eye to eye on hydrofracking. Some believe it is potentially harmful to water supplies and would have a major impact on the state’s landscape, while others say the technique is proven to be safe. The state DEC is reviewing high-volume hydrofracking and permits are on hold until that review is wrapped up.
UPDATED: The New York Water Ranger responds! Adam LeFevre, the character actor who played the part in the commercial depicted in the IOGA postcard, issued a statement this afternoon:
“As a New Yorker and on behalf of Water Rangers everywhere, I’m outraged that agents of the gas industry would use my heroic image to spout pro-fracking hyperbole and mock someone with valid concerns about fracking.
I will redouble my efforts to safeguard our state’s waters and again call on Governor Cuomo to join me and tens of thousands of New Yorkers across the state in our quest to protect our communities from fracking.
Be warned frackers–the New York Water Rangers will protect our bodies of water.”