Jara Johnson

signed Ban Fracking in Rochester 2014-06-14 12:28:06 -0400
Bottom line, there is just not enough evidence to say that horizontal fracking is safe. ‘Even if’ it was, the look of the process itself is a detriment to the natural landscape on top of its perturbation to a previously undisturbed ecosystem and the exploitation of communities/individuals who may be financially strapped and in vulnerable positions. In addition, we should be seeking and implementing nondestructive, sustainable energy alternatives. Our self-serving drive for finite resources and dollar signs when other options not only make more sense, but do exist and are possible, is little more than repugnant and reflective of our profound ignorance. Horizontal fracking should not only be halted temporarily, but rather permanently, until the day that proponents present overwhelming evidence that it is not only unequivocally safe (as evinced by non-fracking affiliated researchers), but also that it is our only energy option. It is unlikely that either will occur. The cyclic need for opponents to continue to maintain moratoriums through repeated petitions is a ridiculous waste of human resources.

Ban Fracking in Rochester

GOAL: 1,000 signatures

Evidence increasingly shows that hydraulic fracturing devastates the natural ecosystems and human communities where this practice for natural gas extraction is used. Fracking poisons our water and our air, increases earthquake activity, sickens our families, and stresses local infrastructure. Yet despite this and the continued resistance by the people, our state elected officials have taken no action to permanently halt such catastrophic activities by the gas industry within New York State.

The City of Rochester, recognizing the threat of fracking, has previously established a moratorium on such activities in June 2012 and June 2013. However, this is set to expire in the coming months leaving our community vulnerable.

Therefore, we, the People of the City of Rochester, call on Mayor Lovely Warren and the Rochester City Council to enact legislation banning hydraulic fracturing, the transport of its byproducts, and all other related activities, within the City of Rochester.


To learn more, please visit our allies at R-CAUSE and New Yorkers Against Fracking.