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In a town this size, there's no place to hide
Everywhere you go, you meet someone you know...
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(Kieran Kane)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

We demand an investigation

New York governor Andy Cuomo's office has ordered the New York DEC to investigate the recent spill of hydraulic fracturing fluid in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. 
In the memo sent Friday to Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens, Director of State Operations Howard Glaser ordered the department to complete an on-site inspection of the Bradford County, Pa. gas well, and to include any information from the site in the DEC’s environmental review of hydrofracking.
From the endless news coverage that treated this event as a Keystone State Chernobyl, you may recall that 10,000 gallons of the water-based liquid was spilled into a rural creek.  If that leak was large enough that cash strapped New York must send it's well paid employees south to visit the disaster site, then what about this?
A government operated treatment plant collapsed and dumped 600,000 gallons of partially raw sewage into the Susquehanna River Monday morning, endangering the drinking water supply of millions of New York and Pennsylvania residents. 
We demand that the Cuomo administration send a team to Vestal, NY, to complete an on-site inspection of this dangerous sewer plant, which released 60 times more pollution into the environment than the Bradford County mishap.

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