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Last May, Governor Andrew Cuomo promised that he would make a decision on whether to allow fracking in New York by the beginning of 2014.
A quick check of the calendar suggests that the governor‘s long-awaited decision has passed its due date.
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Environmental activists opposed to fracking in upstate New York have never been shy about enlisting celebrities–Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono even have a song on the topic–and now former ‘N Sync heart-throb Lance Bass is joining the cause.
Americans Against Fracking is trying to up the pressure on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with video pleas from the ‘N Sync star, as well as actresses Marisa Tomei, Hayden Panettiere and Julie Bowen, among others.
Dueling books about fracking by two different Wall Street Journal reporters have led to some tense newsroom moments over the last few months, including a heated debate over how to handle excerpts in the paper itself.
The frackers are coming, the frackers are coming!
You may have thought that the debate over fracking—or hydraulic fracturing, where water is pumped into faults in the earth to release oil and natural gas—is an issue for the flyover states, or at least upstate. But you’d be wrong! At least, that’s what a number of environmentalists in one of Manhattan’s toniest neighborhoods are claiming.
Outside of the IFC Center Thursday evening, three men in hazard suits were holding up signs and chanting things, seemingly picketing the crowd lined up to see Josh Fox’s Academy Award-nominated film about fracking, Gasland.
“Wait, are these protesters?” Another reporter in our small group asked, peering out the window. “Are they against anti-fracking?”
“No, I think they are here to support anti-fracking,” another replied. “But they’ve been protesting for so long that they’ve forgotten how to communicate normally.”