Frack No!

Dearest Poopers,

Thank you so much to Mitch Waxman, Kate Zidar, and all the concerned, inquisitive citizens who came out last night to the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek for our panel conversation. Newtown Creek has certainly had a troubled past and a murky present, but with all of us on her side, the future is looking brighter.

For those who couldn't make it out--no worries! You still have one more chance to get in on the conversation: Tuesday, July 12, 6:30pm. Featuring Andrew Faust (Center for Bioregional Living), Paul S. Mackiewicz, Ph.D. (The Gaia Institute) and John McLaughlin (Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, DEP) discussing "A Sustainable Future: Green Innovations". Save that date!

Now, as a proud pooper, I'm normally a fan of gas. I love especially that what comes out of our hineys (and that of cows, chickens, etc.) can be turned into the fuel that powers our homes. Regardless of where it comes from, we can all agree that methane ("natural gas") plays an important role in our energy future. Hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"), however, is a highly controversial way to get it, and one that has the potential to poison the pristine drinking water that 8 million New Yorkers depend on. You know, unless you want you tap water to be flammable, as in this promo for the Academy Award nominated documentary Gasland.

So please join me tomorrow from 1-3pm for an important rally promoting a New York ban on hydraulic fracturing (I'll be volunteering with United for Action), or join any one of the many rallies happening in the tristate area during this June 25 Regional Day of Action. Wear your best blues, and be a part of the sea change sweeping our fair city!

With presenters Josh Fox (Director of Gasland, the Movie), Wenonah Hauter (Food & Water Watch), Scott Stringer (Manhattan Borough President), Tony Avella (NY State Senator), Reverend Billy and the Earthalujah Gospel Choir, and MORE!

For more information, visit the No Frack NY Coalition website, or click on the image below.

Looking forward to seeing you there and, as always, peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner