President Barack Obama will be greeted in New York’s Southern Tier by a full-page newspaper advertisement accusing his administration of covering up information regarding hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Food & Water Watch, a Washington D.C.-based group that is one of the most-vocal critics of fracking, purchased the ad in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, a Gannett Co. Inc. publication.
The ad reads: “Instruct the US Environmental Protection Agency to reopen its fracking investigation and resume water deliveries in Dimock, PA!”
The ad makes reference to a Los Angeles Times story last month, which said local EPA staff argued for continued testing of water wells in Dimock Township, Pa., after several wells showed “methane and substances such as manganese and arsenic, most likely because of local natural gas production.”
Obama’s trip to Binghamton and Scranton, Pa., today has garnered plenty of interest among fracking advocates and opponents as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration weighs whether to allow high-volume fracking in New York. Fracking has long been underway in Pennsylvania.
Obama is a fracking booster, which has gained him support from the gas industry and pro-fracking landowners in New York.
(AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee)
Here’s the newspaper ad, in today’s Press & Sun-Bulletin: