Celebrate Congress’ leading hero in the fight against fracking this Saturday, May 12, in Woodstock!
The Woodstock Land Conservancy (WLC) is celebrating the work of fracking and conservation hero Representative Maurice Hinchey at its Vernal Fling, Saturday May 12, 5:30 pm at the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock.
The courage that Maurice Hinchey demonstrated in the earliest stages of his career in the New York State legislature – exposing Love Canal and investigating organized crime in waste hauling – has never ebbed. In Washington, he has stood up to equally powerful interests.
Maurice Hinchey is the primary leader in Congress working to protect drinking water and the environment from the risks of hydrofracking. Congressman Hinchey has introduced legislation called the “FRAC Act” to close a loophole in the Energy Policy Act that exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act. In 2009, Hinchey authored language in a bill that directed the EPA to conduct a new study of the risks that fracking poses to drinking water. From when the hydrofracking issue first arose in New York until today, Congressman Hinchey has fought diligently to protect the health and beauty of our region, and has been a powerful ally in the fight against fracking.
“Congressman Hinchey has been a fierce watchdog for people and the environment,” said Nadia Steinzor, Woodstock Land Conservancy Board Member and Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project staffer. “By demanding that energy companies disclose the toxic chemicals they use and play by the same rule as other industries, he’s been a true leader in the fight for government responsibility and corporate accountability. His long public service has benefited not only New Yorkers, but all Americans.”
The WLC is an ongoing supporter of Catskill Mountatin Keeper, raising awareness and educating the public about the risks of fracking in the context of its important land conservation work. Join the WLC to celebrate Hinchey’s great work with an evening of music, food and conviviality. The Perry Beekman Quartet with special guest Warren Bernhardt will play throughout the evening, and Garry Kvistad of Woodstock Chimes will perform a special musical invocation for Congressman Hinchey.
To purchase tickets, please go to http://www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=4820