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The moratorium on hydrofracking will expire on July 1, 2011. Our legislators are ignoring public outcry and many say that the moratorium has given the public a false sense of safety for the past year.
Vertical fracking is going on in New York state right now. Gas companies (including multi-nationals from China, Norway, etc.) are lining up leases to spring into action as soon as possible!
We must continue to put pressure on our elected representatives. According to Frack Action representatives, the moratorium was passed last year because the Senate received more telephone calls on this issue than on any other issue to date. Now, there are new legislators in office now who did not experience last year's public outcry and the public has to rally once again.
- Write to Governor Cuomo and demand a COMPLETE BAN on hydrofracking. Hydrofracking can not be made safe!
A short personal and handwritten letter is most impactful.
Write as often as you can before the end of the July.
THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT ACTION AT THIS TIME
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
- Additional actions: Telephone Governor Cuomo's office and ask/demand a complete ban on hydrofracking
- Continue to contact your legislators by letter or telephone to demand the passage of A.7013 Sweeney/S.4616 Avella -- Classifying Fracking Waste as Hazardous
"The public is increasingly ready to commit to change in its energy use patterns, invest in its children's energy futures, and is no longer willing to accept the notion that a corporate business plan is the same as a national strategic energy plan." --Anthony Ingraffea, Professor of Engineering, Cornell University
Thank you for taking the time to act in the best interests of our economic and environmental future."
Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing
In aquifers overlying the Marcellus and Utica shale formations of northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York, we document systematic evidence for methane contamination of drinking water associated with shale-gas extraction."
Duke University researchers, published May 9, 2011 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
[See the report on methane contamination of drinking water due to hydrofracking!]
--hydrofracking uses millions of gallons of water per single site--dozens of times the amount of water that was used in conventional vertical gas drilling. Gas drilling has been going on in the state of New York for many years, but it has been straight drilling, with no toxic fluids and comparatively little water usage. In comparision, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) fact sheets, "a single hydro-fracked well can require 3-9 million gallons of water per treatment--dozens of times what is used in conventional vertical gas drilling." In addition, USGS states that, "a single hydro-fracking treatment can yield 15,000 gallons of chemical waste."
In short, hydrofracking -- a newer type of shale gas drilling -- is inefficient, economically unsustainable, as dirty as coal, and has extreme negative impacts on water supply for humans, wildlife, forests, etc. Due to concerns about groundwater being contaminated with natural gas and 100s of chemicals during the hydrofracking process, scientists have been sounding the alarm about this method of gas drilling.
Due to the failure of the industry to disclose the mix of chemicals used in the process and to its successful lobbying to exempt the process from the Federal Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts, concerns have emerged about the inability of local wastewater facilities to properly treat the produced fracking water and waste. In addition, a recent study by Duke University researchers found high levels of leaked methane in well water collected near shale-gas drilling and hydrofracking sites. Susan Riha, director of the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University and Dr. Anthony Ingraffea, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University and an expert on Hydraulic Rock Fracturing, have both been independently speaking out on the many dangers of hydrofracking.
Find out more at Union of Concerned Scientists: How it Works: Water for Natural Gas and Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing
If Bill A. 7013, Sweeney S. 4616, Avella is passed, all hazardous fracking waste will be subject to the same regulations for hazardous waste generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal that apply to other industries operating in the state of New York. You can find more information and contact information for your Assembly member and Senator at citizenscampaign.org.