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March 15, 2013

Judgment on fracking must wait for science

I am writing to praise Gov. Cuomo for taking the wise step of delaying approval of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) until data can be assembled that truly represent the implications of fracking for human health. 

I would further urge the governor to delay his decision until data regarding the long-term economic, social, and ecological impacts of fracking are collected, analyzed and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. It would be careless for drilling to begin until thorough studies are completed. 

There is no sense in rushing into fracking and risking calamitous results, as described by Osborn et al. in 2011 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

There are other energy options that could be used instead of natural gas, which is a fossil fuel with as much greenhouse gas potential as coal, as Tom Wigley wrote in 2011 in the journal Climatic Change.

These alternatives include the renewable and sustainable options of solar, wind, small-scale hydro, and geothermal energy.

The natural resources of our state (air, water, soil, humans, food, biodiversity, etc.) are too precious to be gambled away without data to back our decisions about their use and protection.

Jack Tessier


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