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Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

Hydrofracking: Central New York letter writers sound off

Posted: February 17, 2010
Originally Published: February 17, 2010

Under-regulated industry: The DEC’s draft regulations has no plan for treating the millions of gallons of liquid fracking waste, no cumulative impact analysis, and no coordination of pipeline infrastructure nor empowerment of towns to address truck traffic and associated pollution.

Land owners may have the most to lose. Why is the industry paying more to lease the mineral rights than to buy the land and minerals outright? The industry is fearful of liability. Evading environmental regulations has been their legislative agenda for a long time and they have honed their skills well. The laundry list of exemptions includes the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, and Superfund. Passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 ended the polluter-pays responsibility for the hydrofracking industry.

We must learn from our neighbors. Destruction in Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming has forever changed the Western landscape, polluted water supplies and sickens people. This is an under-regulated industry that has trampled the Wild West and is now knocking on our door. We must protect our sacred waters, clean air, and our communities.

Dereth Glance
Executive program director
Citizens Campaign for the Environment