State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. held a rally at Russo On The Bay’s garden on Cross Bay Boulevard to discuss the dangerous processes used in hydrofracking on Thursday, Oct. 11. Attending with 30 neighbors were state Sen. Tony Avella and Sierra Club member Ken Baer, a past NYC Group chairman, who also spoke about this issue.
Mr. Addabbo said, “My district is surrounded by water. It is a very toxic process that will affect our community in Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways. There are studies on how to extract the gas in a safe process. The idea that this process will create jobs is false, as Texas will bring in people to do the drilling and the gas will be shipped overseas.”
Present were Don Riepe from Broad Channel, a staunch environmentalist who heads a chapter of the Littoral Society, Betty Braton, the Community Board 10 chairwoman, and a reporter from a weekly paper.
I look forward to the debate between Mr. Addabbo and Councilman Eric Ulrich at Our Lady of Grace auditorium tonight, Oct. 18. I hope this most important difference between the candidates will be discussed. Also under discussion must be an effort to enable more manufacturing and research opportunities in our state, which will increase jobs and are critical to our future, as will be other sources of energy, to get us out of business with nations in the Middle East.
I hope our neighbors pack the auditorium to show support for this meeting in a respectful way. Both men deserve this courtesy.