Josh Fox, director of the Oscar nominated film “Gasland,” released a second, shorter documentary over the summer.
Members of the Ithaca College community joined an estimated 1,500 protesters Monday in Albany to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban natural gas drilling, also known as fracking, in New York.
Protests that rail against fracking are not uncommon within the City of Ithaca and on South Hill, but the activism took a different spin Thursday afternoon outside the Campus Center as IC Frack Off hosted a mock wedding to symbolize what members call a corrupt, close relationship between gas companies and the government.
A comprehensive health study of hydraulic fracturing will be included in the New York State Assembly’s 2012-2013 budget, according to a press release from Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton. The Assembly has allocated $100,000 for the study in relation to high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
A state judge ruled today that the Town of Dryden was within its rights to ban hydraulic fracturing, a decision that stopped a lawsuit filed by a Denver-based oil company against the town’s ban.
In light of anti-fracking filmmaker Josh Fox’s arrest earlier this month, environmental activists at Ithaca College are bringing hydraulic fracturing back into mainstream debate.
While New York state may promote the introduction of hydraulic fracturing as an opportunity to create jobs and boost local economy, towns in Pennsylvania have experienced an upswing in crime since natural gas industries moved into the area.
Students, faculty and staff called on Ithaca College President Tom Rochon and the rest of the college to “keep IC frack free” as they marched late Friday afternoon across campus in protest of the controversial procedure for extracting natural gas.