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Question of the Day: Where do you stand on hydrofracking?

Tell us in the comments.

Last week New York Senator Greg Ball the Cortlandt Town Board meeting and spoke about hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, among several other issues. Ball had just left a tour of Pennsylvania farms negatively affected by fracking, a method of natural gas drilling that many environmentalists say causes air, water and soil pollution and poses health risks to both humans and animals. HBO Filmmaker Josh Fox, director of GASLAND, led Ball on the tour and will be speaking aton the issue tomorrow.

Following the tour the senator released a statement critical of hydrofracking, which called for public policies to protect the health and welfare of the public and environment.

Cortlandt town officials are opposed to hydrofracking in the area and passed a resolution in opposition to a New York State Assembly Bill with respect to water use by the fracking industry in April. The Town also had an anti-fracking sign in front of Town Hall until a resident emailed Supervisor Linda Puglisi objecting to the sign and she agreed to move it inside, according to the resident who objected.

The hydrofracking method originated in 1947 and involves pumping large amounts of “fracking fluid”—comprised of fresh water, sand and chemicals—into wells drilled into the ground to release natural gas. The process requires the clearing of about five acres of land—or 3500 trees—per well and three to eight million gallons of fresh water to create enough pressure to release the gas.

While environmentalists, Cortlandt town officials and other anti-fracking groups protest the method, gas and oil industry officials say fracking provides hundreds of jobs and desperately needed revenue for economically-depressed region of southern New York. That area sits on the Marcellus Shale, which has been referred to as the “Saudi Arabia” of natural gas.  

To learn more or voice your opinion you can attend Sen. Ball’s public hearing on hydrofracking. The hearing is on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. there will be a public hearing on hydrofracking, hosted by Sen. Ball, at the Katonah Village Library, The Garden Room, 26 Bedford Road, Katonah, N.Y. 10536

Where do you stand on the issue of hydrofracking?

Liz Rosenbaum August 22, 2011 at 02:29 PM
I am completely opposed to fracking in watershed regions, especially the Delaware where the drinking water for 15.6 million Americans originates. Too bad that's where the purest gas is conveniently found. And like many, I'm deeply concerned about where the massive volumes of toxic, carcinogenic, often radioactive waste fluids and byproducts - which drillers suddenly claim to "recycle 100%" - really end up. Pennsylvania is watching as New York appears to "get gas right." You bought yourself some much needed time with the moratorium to study this oversold, under-regulated extraction practice. And now, respectful public discourse! In June, at The Academy of Natural Sciences, PA DEP Secretary Krancer publicly stated, "Gas is coming" and "At the end of the day, my job is to get gas done." I love Pennsylvania, but right now I wish I lived in New York! In 2010, at least 50 million gallons of frack "flowback" went unaccounted for, according to PA state records. Corbett's zest for watershed and state forest drilling, paired with DEP’s penchant for new permits and inadequate oversight, not only threatens the health of future generations of Pennsylvanians but also the better organized, more moderate citizens of New York. Shale gas drilling is a complex issue that touches us all. Thanks for raising it! Liz R., KeepTapWaterSafe.org
Eve Hartman August 22, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Strongly against. If you've seen GASLAND, you'd know that the fracking techniques are far from safe, causing some residents near wells to be able to light their water on fire. Not to mention the raping of the land etc.

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