In a Senate race where hydrofracking will never occur, the controversial issue is taking center stage between Sen. Greg Ball and Democratic challenger Justin Wagner.
But that’s not good enough for his Democratic opponent, Justin Wagner. Today, Wagner held a news conference in Peekskill with Queens Sen. Tony Avella to call for a permanent ban on hydrofracking.
“Greg Ball does a good job posing for the cameras on hydrofracking, but voters are learning this issue is like everything else – Greg Ball is all talk and no action” said Wagner in a statement. “I favor a full ban, while Senator Ball has proposed a moratorium that would expire in just nine months. Even on that limited proposal, while he’s taken plenty of victory laps, he hasn’t lifted a finger to pass it in Albany.”
A moratorium on hydrofracking has not passed the Republican-led Senate. And until Gov. Andrew Cuomo gives the go-ahead, fracking remains illegal in New York as the state Department of Environmental Protection reviews the issue.
Ball and Wagner are going green in advance of a write-in primary Thursday for the Green Party line.
Ball accused Wagner of taking $10,000 in campaign contributions from firms that represent gas companies. Wagner works for a law firm.
“Unlike Wacky Wagner, Greg Ball has not and will not accept money from fracking companies or those who defend them,” Ball’s campaign said. “From personally touring Pennsylvania’s gaslands to introducing landmark, bipartisan legislation to hold big oil, big gas and fracking companies accountable, no Senator has done more to protect New York from the dangers of fracking than Greg Ball.”