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What the Frack lecture coming to Potsdam

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POTSDAM - Julia Walsh, founder of Frack Action, will present a talk, “What the Frack,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Clarkson University Student Center Multi-Purpose Rooms.

Walsh is a community organizer, motivational speaker and political strategist who has worked on progressive issues and campaigns since 2001.

In 2010, Julia started Frack Action. Soon after its founding, Frack Action played a pivotal role in the New York state legislature’s passage of a fracking moratorium which has halted fracking in NY thus far.

This lecture will explain to participants what fracking is, why this happened from a political and economic perspective, how fracking impacts the potential for a renewable energy future, and how students can get involved in the Frack Action campaign.

Prior to starting Frack Action, Julia served as an elected official from 2003-2007 on the New Paltz Village Board. During her time in office, she was instrumental in passing environmental legislation, as well as organizing New Paltz’s high-profile, politically charged same-sex marriages in February 2004. For the past nine years, Julia has been an NGO Representative to the United Nations on behalf of children’s rights and indigenous rights organizations.

A description of Walsh’s lecture adds, “In 2005, the Bush-Cheney Administration stripped the federal government of its’ ability to regulate hydraulic fracturing or fracking for oil and gas. The Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and many other important laws were in essence discarded, leaving states to regulate this dangerous form of oil and gas extraction.

“Fracking involves taking millions of gallons of freshwater from our public water supply, spiking it with hundreds of pounds of the highly toxic chemicals and forcing it underground at high pressures to blow up shale rock to extract bubbles of oil and gas. Since 2005, fracking has been used on over one million drilling operations in 34 states and the result has been disastrous, leaving many without clean water to drink and clean air to breathe.”

The event is sponsored by the Clarkson student group Spectrum.

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