Frack-free celebration on July 27 in New Paltz

At a rally on Main Street, members of the New Paltz community will thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for keeping controversial hydro-fracking out of New York State.

At a rally on Main Street, members of the New Paltz community will thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for keeping controversial hydro-fracking out of New York State.

Local citizens of all ages are encouraged to join a celebratory march down Main Street in New Paltz and sign a thank-you note to Governor Andrew Cuomo for keeping New York free from the controversial extraction of natural gas, known as horizontal hydro-fracking. Sponsored by New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, the rally will take place Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date Sunday, July 28.)

Rosalyn Cherry, a member of CAC who visited Pennsylvania last year with a group from the Hudson Valley, witnessed both the environmental and social degradation from hydro-fracking, including water contaminated by toxic chemicals, dangerous increases in heavy truck traffic and the industrialization of rural communities. “It’s a sad story in Pennsylvania — all to benefit the big oil and gas corporations,” Cherry said.

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Individuals and families are invited to march up and down lower Main Street, wear festive hats and costumes, play musical instruments and carry free balloons saying “I Love Frack-Free NY.” Rally headquarters will be on the lawn near Rock and Snow.

For more information, contact Ann Guenther at 255-9297.

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