Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NYC chefs unite to speak out against fracking

On November 30th, the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public hearing in NYC about the latest guidelines for hydraulic fracturing, 

The group Chefs for the Marcellus says that the hearing offers "opportunities for food professionals and advocates to speak out against this looming threat." They are urging chefs to attend in their chef’s whites.

According to their website, "Chefs for the Marcellus is a group of chefs, restaurateurs, and other food professionals who have come together to protect our regional foodshed from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (fracking). This highly industrialized form of drilling is already in widespread use in 34 states, including Pennsylvania, where it is wreaking havoc with farms and the water supply. Unless we say no right now, Governor Cuomo is poised to allow fracking in vast areas of the Marcellus Shale, a geologic formation that covers a large area of the mid-Atlantic region, including much of New York’s southern tier — an area of pristine waters; produce, dairy and livestock farms; and breweries and wineries. Implementation may be approved as early as the end of 2011. We are asking chefs, restaurateurs and other food professionals to get involved by writing to Governor Cuomo and asking him to ban fracking in New York State."

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