Karen DeWitt, ALBANY
Actor Debra Winger and Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox were among hundreds of anti
Hundreds of protesters, many holding signs directed against Governor Cuomo, came to the Capitol to chant, march and hear speeches from leaders of the anti-fracking movement. They implored the governor to drop his administration’s on- going approval process for hydrofracking. The rally included celebrities committed to the cause, like actor Debra Winger, who has a house in Sullivan County. Winger says she no longer believes the gas companies claim that fracking is safe, and says it’s too toxic and potentially polluting to be allowed in New York.fracking protesters who descended upon the State Capitol Monday, in one of the largest demonstrations against the natural gas drilling process so far. From Albany, Karen DeWitt reports:
“Getting to it is filthy,” Winger said.
Winger is an executive producer of the anti-fracking film Gasland, and it’s director Josh Fox also spoke to the crowd. Fox says the state needs to continue what he calls the first moratorium on fracking in the world.
“We need to keep this going,” Fox said.
Many state lawmakers also spoke against fracking. Most were Democrats, but one, Senator Greg Ball, is a conservative Republican. Ball, from the Hudson Valley, says he initially was open to fracking, but became increasingly concerned the more that he heard about potential harm it could cause. He urged the demonstrators to help him convince his Republican Senate colleagues to oppose fracking.
“We’re going to have Republican Senators five years from now, they’re going to wish to hell they hadn’t laid out that red carpet,” Ball said. “To this industry that will not hold itself accountable.” (ARTICLE)