Students say to New York: Jump on the BAN Wagon

A coalition of NYC students are standing up for a clean energy future and demanding a ban on fracking with a rally in Washington Square Park April 20.

On Wednesday, April 20 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. a coalition of student activists from NYU, the New School, Hunter College and others will rally in Washington Square Park for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the dangerous process by which natural gas is extracted through the pumping of millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals below ground. Hosted by Oxfam Club at NYU, the Students Against Fracking coalition will be joined by activist performers Reverend Billy and the Earthaluja Choir, student speakers and performers, experts, activists and representatives to press the state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to replace the existing moratorium on fracking that expires on July 1st with an all-out ban.
“As students, we’re concerned that there won’t be a future for us in New York after we graduate if our water supply is contaminated because of fracking,” student activist Ben Davalos said. Fracking uses a cocktail of chemicals, which is considered a proprietary secret.

Fracking is currently exempt from regulation under the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Superfund Law and the Clean Water Act, and is being used in places across the United States. The result has been widespread water contamination, which poses a serious health risk to the communities near frack water spills.

Currently, gas companies are spending large sums of money to lobby congress and New York State politicians to allow this practice to proceed in New York State, including portions of the New York City watershed.

Because of the hazards demonstrated by this drilling practice in other areas, Students Against Fracking and its allies are calling for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing until it is proven safe. Communities such as Quebec and Buffalo have already passed bans on fracking, which is why the students are calling this rally “Jump on the BAN Wagon,” a call for New Yorkers to join the global awakening to the dangers of this unsafe extraction method.


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