Friday, January 22, 2010

Jan. 25th Albany Rally to Stop Gas Drilling

From the Safe Water Movement (SWiM):
Next Monday January 25th, New Yorkers from across the state will meet in Albany to tell our lawmakers to ban gas drilling. The risks to water, health and safety have united New Yorkers from all walks of life and regions of the state in opposition to gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, and we will show our strength with a demonstration and citizen lobbying day.

Of course, the people who seek to profit on gas drilling will be out in force - pro-drilling forces have chartered buses for 800 people to arrive in Albany as well. We need to show our numbers to make sure our legislators hear us loud and clear: we won't sacrifice our state's health for a quick buck. (Though we use 'pro-drilling' here to characterize the corporations/people seeking to profit directly from leasing land to mine methane, it seems apt to characterize the forces seeking to facilitate the 'safe' drilling of upstate water- and foodsheds (like Councilman James Gennaro and Borough President Scott Stringer) as 'pro-drilling' too!)

Environmental Advocates of New York is chartering a bus to Albany to the rally, and we need New Yorkers from downstate to make a strong showing. The bus will leave at 6:30 AM the 25th returning that evening. They're asking riders to pitch in just $10 to help cover costs.

Can you join us at the rally? Email nycbustorally@gmail.com' to reserve your space. Only the first 49 people will be accepted. Hope to see you there!

p.s. For those not wanting to lobby, there may be a planning meeting for our statewide ban movement in Albany after the rally. (It would be announced soon.) So stay tuned please (and see you up there either way).

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