Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a process used to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The problem with the process is that it uses toxic carcinogenic chemicals with huge amounts of water to facilitate the removal of the the gas.
These chemicals can leach into wells, waterways, reservoirs and underground aquifers. Other states that allow fracking have had instances where wells and streams have become contaminated due to fracking.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has recently released a statement regarding the possibility of allowing fracking in New York. The document is more than 1,500 pages long. There is only a 90-day window for public input, a time period too short for proper understanding of all of the document's components and ramifications.
Also, only four public hearings are scheduled for people to voice their opinions, and only one of those hearings is in New York City. Governor Cuomo must insist that DEC extend the public input period and hold more hearings.
Our country needs to be concentrating on finding and implementing cleaner, greener ways of producing energy. The dangerous, polluting technologies of the past must be replaced by renewable sources such as solar and wind power.
If you feel strongly about this issue, submit a statement to DEC or contact the office of your local elected official. They need to hear from the public on this most important matter.