500+ to Rally in Albany & Voice Concerns about Fracking

ALBANY, NY (01/20/2012)(readMedia)-- More than 500 concerned New Yorkers, nearly 40 organizations, several state legislators, and at least two celebrities from across the state will rally at 11a.m. on Monday, January 23rd in "The Well" of the State Capitol's Legislative Office Building and call on state leaders to safeguard public health and the environment from industrial gas drilling using high volume hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."


Confirmed speakers include three-time Academy Award®-nominated actress Debra Winger, Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award®-nominated documentary, “Gasland,” State Senators Tony Avella and Liz Krueger; Assembly members Bob Sweeney, Barbara Lifton, Brian Kavanagh, and Steve Englebright; George Dunkel, Executive Director of American Academy of Pediatrics, New York Chapter; Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Robert Moore, Executive Director of Environmental Advocates of New York; Eric Weltman, Senior Organizer of Food and Water Watch; and David Braun, co-founder of United for Action.

Rally sponsors include Advocates for Morris, Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition, Cancer Action NY, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, Catskill Mountainkeeper, Central NY Citizens for Progressive Reform, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Earthjustice, EARTHWORKS, Environmental Advocates of New York, Environment New York, Frack Action, Food & Water Watch, Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County, Grassroots Environmental Education, MICAH, Milford DOERS, Natural Resources Defense Council, Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation, New York Residents Against Drilling, Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York, NYH2O, New York Public Interest Research Group, Onondaga Creek Conservation Council, Otisco Lake Preservation Association, Otsego 2000, People for a Healthy Environment, Plymouth Friends of Clean Water, Residents Opposed to Unsafe Shale Extraction, Residents of Crumhorn Mountain, R-CAUSE, Riverkeeper, Sullivan Area Citizens for Responsible Energy Development, Shaleshock CNY, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, and United for Action.


Rally about dangers of industrial gas drilling by means of fracking.

WHEN: Monday January 23, 2012 at 11:00AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: The Well
Legislative Office Building
NYS Capitol
Albany , New York 12248

For more information:

Erica Ringewald, Environmental Advocates of New York: (518) 210-9903 or eringewald@eany.org

Eric Whalen, Environment New York: (971) 998-8786 or eric@environmentnewyork.org

Nadia Steinzor, Earthworks: (845) 417-6505 or nsteinzor@earthworksaction.org

Tina Posterli, Riverkeeper: (914) 478-4501 ext. 239 or tposterli@riverkeeper.org

Ana Tinsley, Frack Action: (646) 331-4765 or ana@frackaction.com

Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper: (845) 901-1029

Bruce Ferguson, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy: (845) 807-3747