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MEDIA STATEMENT
December 19, 2017

Livingston Manor, NY – In response to Governor Cuomo and Comptroller DiNapoli’s announcement that New York will cease new investments in oil and gas companies and develop a plan to invest the Common Fund in clean energy technologies, Catskill Mountainkeeper issued the following statement, attributable to Ramsay Adams, Executive Director.

"Governor Cuomo's announcement that he and Comptroller DiNapoli will cease investing New York's pension in dirty, dangerous fossil fuels is exactly the type of leadership we need. It sends a strong message to the industry that we will not continue to support companies that are killing us and destroying our climate. Now New York needs to take the next bold move: funding the future by charging polluters for their emissions and investing revenues in our communities and renewable energy.

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From today's Times Herald Record

“There was a barrier to community solar in the past because you couldn’t get any sort of financial incentive for participating,” said Katherine Nadeau of the Livingston Manor nonprofit Catskill Mountainkeeper, which is helping locals sign up with solar farms. “If you produced more solar energy than you used, there was no way to sell the energy back to the grid.”

To learn more and sign up to go solar, visit renewableny.org


 

Now Delaware River Basin Commission Must Ban Fracking Wastewater and Water Withdrawals

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY – In response to the draft regulations released today by the Delaware River Basin commission to ban fracking and discourage fracking wastewater importation and fracking-related water withdrawals, Wes Gillingham, Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Associate Director issued the following statement.
 
“Communities in the Upper Delaware have had fracking’s dangerous health and community impacts hanging over their head for the last ten years. In 2015, thanks to the work of New Yorkers statewide, Governor Cuomo banned fracking in our state--but the threats to the entire Delaware River Basin remained. Today, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) is ready to put the final nail in fracking's coffin for our entire region. This is a huge win to everyone who lives here, and we applaud the DRBC.
 
What we've learned over the past ten years is that fracking's impacts are not just at the well pad. Now its time to roll up our sleeves and make sure the DRBC does the right thing--we have 90 days for a comment period, and the agency needs to realize that wastewater should not be imported into the Basin and withdrawing water from the river should also be banned.”
 
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