Founded in 2010 by a group of concerned citizens, CPNY is a grassroots coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to stopping fracking in New York State, and halting its myriad harms to water, air, soil and food supply, nature, economies, human health, communities, and quality of life.
We use the term “fracking” to mean all the processes involved in exploring, developing, extracting, disposing, storing, and distributing shale gas via high-volume, slick-water horizontal and vertical drilling, and the related industries that will inevitably follow this destructive practice. Secondarily but equally importantly, we use “fracking” to denote the “fracturing” of our health, environment, communities, and the prospects for true democratic governance.
We say YES to that which promotes the health and vibrancy of our land, our resources, and ourselves. Our vision, like our work, is evolving.
Current members come from 12 western, northern, central, and Southern Tier New York counties. We welcome new members from our region and beyond. Members join one of our work groups; we are very action-oriented (see our Mission Statement). We meet monthly, often in the fairly central location of Montour Falls in Schuyler County.
We have many affiliates and allies in other parts of the state and in other Marcellus Shale states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, as well as in other fracked or frack-threatened states and countries.
Working together with these like-minded people and organizations, we aim to stop fracking before it gains a foothold in New York State.
We inform, educate, and empower people to resist company directors, state and federal officials, and all who would frack our health, frack our property, frack our legislatures, frack our public discourse, and frack our right to democratic process. We hold public forums and work with municipalities to help them craft laws that protect citizens and nature from intrusive usurpations and harms, such as the many health, environmental, and economic degradations that are the most visible and certain results of fracking.
We have a large speakers bureau that includes residents of other states currently living with fracking as well as health care professionals, scientists, business owners, farmers, journalists, teachers, and others. We help communities create appropriate public forums for their audiences. We use social media as well as old-fashioned postal mail, postering, flyering, tabling, and door-to-door, person-to person conversation, to educate people about the many nefarious impacts of fracking. We help people within communities to craft protective laws that reflect the wishes of the residents of those villages, towns, and counties. We do media outreach and some legislative outreach.
Kate Bartholomew, email@example.com
PO Box 302, Watkins Glen NY 14891