A coalition of environmental and anti-fracking groups say they’ll again line the concourse leading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address this year, hoping to repeat their 2013 effort that led to a quarter-mile-long line of protesters between the state Capitol and the venue for Cuomo’s speech.
Among the critics of hydraulic fracturing participating are New Yorkers Against Fracking, Citizen Action of New York, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter and Catskill Mountainkeeper, among many others, according to a press release.
“As science shows that fracking is inherently dangerous, contaminates water and makes people sick, thousands of New Yorkers will rally at the State of the State address to call on Governor Cuomo to ban fracking,” John Armstrong, a spokesman for Frack Action and New Yorkers Against Fracking, said in a statement.
Since Cuomo’s 2013 address, not much has changed from the fracking standpoint in New York. The Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement — which, theoretically, would guide the shale-gas-drilling permitting process in New York — is still under review by state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah, who recently has shed no light on when his work may be completed.
Here’s a video of last year’s anti-fracking protest, which drew more than 1,000 people. (For some reason, the video repeats around the 3:16 mark.)