Welcome to R-Cause: Rochesterians Concerned About Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction
R-CAUSE was created by Rochester citizens who treasure New York State and want its waters, land and air to remain clean and its communities to remain viable.
R-CAUSE's goal is to inform as many people in the Rochester area as possible about the state-wide risks associated with high-volume, slick-water, horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
Hemlock Lake, with its watershed over the Utica, Marcellus and Devonian Shale, is a source of Rochester's drinking water and is one of the purest undeveloped of the 11 Finger Lakes. Its headwaters originate in Steuben County, one of the Southern Tier counties that may be opened to fracking.
We hear a lot about the Marcellus Shale which lies south of the Thruway, but we hear little about the Utica Shale which lies under parts of the Marcellus and under the Rochester area. To learn more about the Utica Shale click here.