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Tell Governor Cuomo: Don't encourage fracking by lifting New York's ban on liquefied natural gas infrastructure

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    Tell Governor Cuomo: Don't encourage fracking by lifting New York's ban on liquefied natural gas infrastructure

    In defiance of widespread grassroots opposition to fracking, Governor Cuomo is attempting to lift New York's ban on liquefied natural gas infrastructure.

    To be transported by truck, rail or ship, natural gas is super-cooled until it condenses into a liquid. Governor Cuomo's proposal would make it vastly easier to transport fracked gas into and around New York by legalizing the construction of facilities for liquefying fracked gas, fueling heavy trucks with fracked gas and even exporting fracked gas overseas.1 2

    If we don't stop Governor Cuomo, he will usher in a major buildout of new fracked gas infrastructure, encouraging expanded fracking in nearby states and increasing industry pressure to lift New York's moratorium on fracking.

    Governor Cuomo's Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments on this dangerous proposal for just over a week. Lifting the ban on liquefied natural gas infrastructure may be a trial balloon to test the potential response to lifting New York's fracking moratorium, so we have to take this comment period very seriously -- will you submit a comment now?

    Tell Governor Cuomo: Don't encourage fracking by lifting New York's ban on liquefied natural gas infrastructure.

    In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Governor Cuomo swore that New York would take the lead in confronting climate change. But lifting New York's ban on liquefied natural gas infrastructure isn't climate leadership.

    The science is clear: If we make a massive, expensive investment in fracked gas infrastructure, we will tank the climate. That's because investing in fracked gas infrastructure would incentivize the production of natural gas vehicles, power plants and export facilities, which would in turn encourage even more fracking.

    Extracting, transporting and burning fracked gas produces massive amounts of greenhouse gases. Liquefied natural gas is even worse for the climate because it has to go through an energy-intensive process of being cooled to about -260 degrees fahrenheit. Worse still, fracked gas displaces truly clean energy sources like wind and solar, delaying our transition to a sustainable economy.3

    Earlier this year, when Governor Cuomo attempted to lift New York's moratorium on fracking, a deluge of more than 200,000 public comments killed his proposed regulations -- so we know Cuomo will be watching how many comments come in on his proposal to lift New York's ban on liquefied natural gas infrastructure. I hope you'll submit a comment now.

    Tell Governor Cuomo: Don't encourage fracking by lifting New York's ban on liquefied natural gas infrastructure.

    1. Teri Weaver, "New York's proposed liquefied natural gas stations prompt health, hydrofracking concerns," Syracuse Post-Standard, October 16, 2013
    2. "Proposed 6 NYCRR Part 570 - Regulation of Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities," New York Department of Environmental Conservation
    3. Joe Romm, "Major Study Projects No Long-Term Climate Benefit From Shale Gas Revolution," ClimateProgress, October 18, 2013