Cooperstown, NY — Brewery Ommegang congratulates Governor Andrew Cuomo who, heeding the advice of Department of Health commissioner Howard Zucker and Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joe Martens, has prohibited hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in New York State.
Over the past five years, thousands of individuals, advocacy organizations and businesses joined in an unprecedented grass roots effort to bring attention to the deleterious health and environmental issues of fracking, including the existential threat to upstate’s pristine water supply which would have irrevocably altered our business as a brewery. From a simple business perspective, Ommegang cannot make world-class beer with polluted water.
Ommegang is a committed advocate for sustainable economic development in rural upstate New York. However, in the case of shale gas development, we believe that the decision to protect the legacy of clean water should take precedence over short-term interests. We believe in a bright future for business in New York State and we believe this decision is another right step into that future.
Our opposition to fracking was driven by the desire to protect the water supply for our brewery, our community, the state of New York and those who come after us. Ommegang is gratified and thankful to be among those whose efforts have borne fruit, and we’re grateful to now live, raise our families and continue to grow our business in a New York State no longer threatened by fracking.
Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. Ommegang brews seven ales year-round, as well as an extensive and imaginative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 43 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 100-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit www.ommegang.com. Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, Facebook.com/Ommegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang