Western New Yorkers Prepare to Speak Out at 'A People’s Hearing on Fracking'

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New Yorkers Against Fracking and nineteen other organizations will sponsor “A People’s Hearing on Fracking” on June 2 to give Western New Yorkers a forum to educate and engage New York State citizens and elected officials on the toxic effects of fracking

A People’s Hearing on Fracking
It’s an opportunity for the average person to get their voices recorded and have their opinions sent to public officials.

New Yorkers Against Fracking and nineteen other organizations are sponsoring a gathering of speakers, artists, and workshops for Western New York residents to learn about the effects of hydraulic fracturing and provide a forum for them to collectively voice their concerns. The event will take place at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, and will feature the opportunity for participants to record a 3-minute personal testimony that will be delivered to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The organization of the public hearing comes after many months of anti-fracking movements that continue to build momentum as Governor Cuomo prepares to make the decision on whether to lift the moratorium on horizontal hydraulic fracturing in the State of New York. The event is setup as a hearing since the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) did not hold any public hearings in Western New York during the DEC’s Fall 2011 draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on fracking.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to come and express your concerns about hydrofracking,” said Heather Connor, one of the event organizers. “It’s an opportunity for the average person to get their voices recorded and have their opinions sent to public officials.”

A few testimonials as well as other educational videos on fracking are already available in a multimedia library. Workshops will focus on case studies of fracking accidents in Pennsylvania, strategies to influence legislation and upcoming elections, and nonviolent direct action. Transcripts and video archives of the event and testimonials will be delivered to local, state, national, and international elected officials.

Featured speakers include Bruce Fisher, Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies at Buffalo State College, Dr. Jill Kriesky, Senior Project Coordinator for University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health, and Joseph Heath Esq., Chief Counsel for the Onondaga Nation.

Approximately twenty environmental groups and organizations are coming together to sponsor the event. Partnering organizations include New Yorkers Against Fracking, GreenWatch, Clean Air Coalition of Western New York, Occupy Buffalo, and The Learning Sustainability Program.

More information can be found at http://www.peopleshearing.com/?page_id=10

Contact:
Bradley Wales
bawales(at)ap(dot)buffalo(dot)edu
(716) 866-9665

A People’s Hearing on Fracking will bring national, state, and local groups concerned about fracking together to share information, actively engage their neighbors and elected officials, and bring Western New York cultural and environment communities together. The hearing provides citizens another chance to participate in clean water activism and gives Western New York a collective public voice on fracking.

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