City Tech Nursing Students Make Fracas over Fracking


New York City College of Technology nursing students in the RN-BS program concluded a successful petition drive to enforce a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). More than 1,000 letters were signed by City Tech students, faculty and staff and sent to Albany. Fracking, which mines natural gas resources and poses a severe threat to the New York City’s watershed, has contaminated millions of gallons of water, increased air pollution, and caused worker fatalities and numerous health problems for people who live near the drilling sites. The focus of the students’ advocacy was to protect New York City’s watershed. City Tech students and faculty involved in the petition drive are shown with Josh Fox (center), director of the award-winning documentary Gasland, which uncovered a trail of secrets, lies and contamination concerning fracking.