New York Residents Against Drilling (NYRAD) is a grassroots network of local residents who are opposed to unconventional gas development in New York State.
High volume hydraulic fracturing threatens our land, air, and water, jeopardizing the economic and physical health of our communities. Thousands of wells, many miles of pipelines, and large noisy compressor stations could turn our rural communities into giant industrial zones.
Therefore, we are joining together to:
educate ourselves and our neighbors about the long-term negative economic, environmental, health, and community impacts of gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing;
advocate for legislation to safeguard our communities from these threats;
encourage the development of alternative, green, sustainable energy sources;
We believe that all people have a right to clean air and pure water, and that it is our duty to preserve and protect the natural, scenic, historic, and commercial assets of this beautiful state we live in, for ourselves and future generations.
How can we make things happen?
We will establish a network of loosely-connected local grassroots groups that are small enough to meet in people's homes. Each group shall be free to work on the issues that are most important to its local community, free to schedule the time and frequency of its own meetings, free to find the best way to educate its own community and to attract friends and neighbors to the group. People talking to people - that's what we are all about.
NYRAD will support the efforts of all these local groups in every way it can, particularly via the NYRAD website and the NYRAD listserv, which all members can join. Members of all groups will be invited to special educational events: speakers, movies, exhibits, forums. The Events and Action Alert sections of the NYRAD website, and the NYRAD listserv, will provide ways for small groups to seek larger support for their local community efforts. By working together we can protect our homes, our land, our water, our lives.