This non-profit group has been instrumental in raising local and national awareness to the hazards of fracking (horizontal hydraulic fracturing). In the face of the industry coming into NY, they have organized concerned citizens, protested, and worked to help pass local regulations. One action was Sandra Steingraber's thirtydaysoffrackingregs.com/letters to the DEC, which CEDC helped publicize, and which culminated in a definite public influence on the DEC's recent decision to hold off on fracking for now. Many, many people are being informed through the work of this group. The protest at Albany this week, partly through the informing efforts of the CEDC, boasted more people than any prior environmental protest in New York.
From an environmental point of view the US is an international disaster. Good to see from abroad that there is also domestic hope and will to stand up and and protect the environment. My best wishes for their quest towards a more sustainable future in their local communities.
I live in Vestal NY, which is right on the PA border. We have had a front row seat to the negative environmental and social impacts that unconventional gas drilling using high volume hydraulic fracturing ("fracking" for short) has caused there and want to keep this destructive industry from invading NY. Community Environmental Defense Council has been instrumental in getting bans or moratoria using home rule and zoning/police powers in place in many municipalities. Helen and David Slottje are the two lawyers who have presented to town boards and helped them craft these bans/moratoria, which have been upheld by our state courts.
Community Environmental Defense Council is a non-profit public interest law firm that does not charge for its services. I donate to them because they are doing great work for the townspeople and I want them to be able to keep on doing what they are doing to protect us. It has been my privilege to hear both Helen and David speak in my town. I admire their expertise and their tenacity in their work.