BACKGROUND AND TASK
The marcellus shale covers a significant portion of up-state New York, and under it lies a vast amount of natural gas. The petroleum companies put an all-out onslaught of lobbying to encourage Governor Cuomo to allow them to frack the shale. To stop this from happening, to save our water, we needed to get the electorate in a place that would encourage Cuomo to ban fracking.
STRATEGY AND EXECUTION
We worked with a coalition of activists and environmental groups across the state in a grassroots lobbying effort to encourage both the governor and the state legislature not to allow this to happen. We worked with coalition partners to gather steam, holding days of action, Albany lobbying days, and NYC grasstops meetings to make this the case.
Governor Cuomo announced in 2014 that he would ban fracking in New York State.