Albany, NY -- Today, the New York State Legislature closed the hazardous waste loophole for fracking waste, which will effectively keep this waste out of New York. Food & Water Action was one of the groups that fought for and won the initial fracking ban in the state of New York. The legislation closing the hazardous waste loophole will now move to Governor Cuomo’s desk, where it awaits his signature.
In response, Food & Water Action Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp is issuing the following statement:
“The grassroots anti-fracking movement in New York has proven once again that we’re more powerful than the oil and gas industry’s money. Today’s victory was a long time coming, as New Yorkers have fought to keep fracking waste out of the state for the better part of a decade. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Senator May and Assembly Member Englebright for their tireless work, and to all the activists who refused to give up. Now, Governor Cuomo must sign this crucial legislation into law. When we organize together, we win, even against one of the most powerful industries on the planet.”