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Natalie Merchant speaks out against Hydrofracking

February 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Music, News, Opinion, Science


Singer/songwriter and former front-woman of 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant, will join others in song and word next month against the dangers of shale gas hydrofracking in a New York state benefit concert promoting the Fingers Lakes CleanWaters Initiative.

“Hydrofracking poses the greatest threat to clean drinking water in New York and Pennsylvania right now,” the singer told reporters. “Our opposition to this threat is imperative. I hope people can come to the concert to show their concern.”

Other join Merchant in the fight against fracking, including Heinz Award Recipient, Biologist, Author Sandra Steingraber. “Fracking is wrong. Sooner or later, steel and concrete disintegrates. Sooner or later, gas wells open portals of contamination between drinking water aquifers and the toxic materials held in the bedrock below. Doing fracking “right” simply means building time bombs with longer fuses. There are no places in New York and no children in New York that we are willing to sacrifice.”

Shale gas hydrofracking is perhaps the most deleterious technology ever invented to poison our land, air, and water. The Finger Lakes CleanWaters Initiative is dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of the precious and still largely clean waters of New York State. Our focus is event-based education, and we harness the considerable power of live music presentation to illuminate and educate the public at large about the importance of clean water and a healthy environment.

The concert benefits this summer’s Big Splash Concert Series, future awareness and educational events, and the fight against shale gas hydrofracking.

Tickets may be purchased at 800.745.3000, Forum Theatre Box Office 607.778.6626 For more information, on the movement, click here.

Those interested in signing the coalition letter to Governor Cuomo to withdraw the revised draft SGEIS here.

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