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Source: The Buffalo News

Letter to the editor: Many questions remain on hydraulic fracturing

Posted: April 8, 2010
Originally Published: April 1, 2010

Brad Gill’s flippant response to questions surrounding hydro-fracking in New York make it clear that New Yorkers should be wary. (March 22 Another Voice, “Hydraulic fracturing issues are already answered.) Contrary to what Gill would have us believe, New York is not ready for rapid hydro-fracking industrialization. The State Department of Environmental Conservation’s supplemental generic environmental impact statement is seriously flawed and should be withdrawn.

New York doesn’t have the capacity to deal with large quantities of toxic wastewater from hydro-fracking and there is not a clear mechanism for holding energy companies accountable. Falsely claiming that big oil and gas are properly regulated would be laughable if the situation weren’t so serious. Hydraulic fracturing is exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, including fracking fluid exemption from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Underground Injection Control program. Gas industry exemptions include the Clean Air and Water Acts.

Big oil and gas care only about their bottom line. It’s up to the people of New York to prevent exploitation of our natural resources and communities and prevent another legacy of industrial pollution. So no, the questions are not answered. Until we are sure that big oil and gas will respect the people, air, land and water of New York, hydro-fracking should not be allowed.

Brian P. Smith

WNY Program Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment