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Anti-Fracking Protest at Buffalo State College

By Amanda Gabryszak:
Buffalo State College is hosting a protest against SUNY’s recent contract with EnergyMark. The contract will provide five SUNY schools with hydraulically fractured gas for three years. The deal totaled over $22 million dollars, and the schools include Buffalo State College, UB, Fredonia, Alfred State, and the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred State. The protest is scheduled to take place on April 19th on the Buffalo State College Campus, from 12:15-1:30 pm. Weather permitting, demonstrators will gather between Butler Library and Campbell Student Union. Should it rain, they plan to move the protest beneath the archway of Cleveland Hall. 
Hydraulic-fracturing, or hydro-fracking as it is more commonly called is a controversial method of obtaining natural gas from shale deposits. Students involved in the protest are concerned about the consequences of fracking, and disappointed that the SUNY seems to support it.
“I guess in my opinion, colleges and universities are to be centers of progression and betterment of mankind and not establishments of old and unhealthy addictions to gas and oil,” explained protest-organizer, Alex Bornemisza, a sophomore at Buffalo State College. “I don’t think that it’s right that they went ahead and did that, and didn’t even try to tell anyone about it until recently, when there was nothing that could be done about it, especially because it’s such a politically controversial issue.”
While the numbers seem modest on the facebook page Bornemisza has created for the event, he explained that the movement is expecting attendance from the school’s NYPIRG chapter, as well as Occupy Buffalo protestors. He expects a fairly large turn-out. 
Along with being disappointed with the decision to sign with EnergyMark, Bornemisza voiced anger. “I want to send SUNY a message that this is not something the students want to happen in New York State. It’s not something they want their school to be funding. [SUNY] didn’t tell anybody about it until they started receiving the gas. It was such a big politically controversial issue in New York State. It just seems like they were really trying to trick us, and I have moral issues with that.”
When asked about alternatives, Bornemisza suggested green energy. 
“For one, it’s cleaner and safer. And if we’re going to be investing in these new technologies anyway, I feel like a lot of research for green energy has to start there [at the University level]. I think a lot of people can relate with that idea.” 
“If you support the cause, come join us.  Maybe next time we can stop it from happening.” 
For more information on the protest, you can check out the group’s facebook page
The Buffalo Business First article on the contract:

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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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