OPINION / COMMENTARYWe have little over a month before New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) closes the review period. Now is the time to be part of history and join the right side of history and fight against hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
In Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Texas, we have collected cases of the industrialization of fracking areas that has degraded water quality, air quality and threatened human health. The nature of mineral rights and the such could result in the destruction of our state parks.
Fracking destroys roads and harms the quality of life wherever it has taken place.
The threat of fracking for Marcellus Shale could be a great threat to the people and permanently harm the resources of New York State. All citizens should be informed and involved and comment to the state during this review period that ends January 11, 2012.
The momentum, size and wealth of the industry has outgrown the government’s ability to be little more than a witness and facilitator to fracking.
We have horror stories of poisoned wells, surface water and waste water pollution of streams everyplace fracking has occurred but the industry denies or sweeps aside the claims on the basis they are anecdotal and fail to also fully describe the benefits of fracking that they claim outweigh the occasional detriments.
But we have no way of knowing since there is no long term or wide spread report or accurate source of information. The NYSDEC is nearing the completion of its preparation of an impact study to determine if permits can be issued by the state to allow fracking to take place in certain selected areas.
On this basis the Niagara Group of Sierra Club has assembled facts and background information on their website at http://stopdrillinggoclean.org/, including a link to the DEC site so you can record your own comments. Also use our site for a link to visit the Atlantic Chapter site for access to more information.
Visit our website at: http://stopdrillinggoclean.org/