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January 29, 2013

State should learn from fracking woes

The Center on Constitutional Rights identifies “substantial deficiencies in the U.S. government’s regulation and monitoring of hydraulic fracturing.”

Yet the decision to allow hydraulic fracturing looms in the very near future in New York, even though states don’t have the resources to regulate or monitor this practice safely.

Is Gov. Cuomo being given the truth by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, or is the DEC under political pressure to make the public believe this process can be done safely? If the process were safe, the health files the DEC and state Department of Health have been reviewing would certainly be publicly available for review. Yet, they are not.

“Government regulators and industry leaders have historically ignored the ‘substantial health and welfare costs’ associated with the process,” according to The Center on Constitutional Rights. Small, rural communities are targeted, taking full advantage of economically deprived rural areas of the country — something the industry does quite well.

And now, we hear reports of homes that have exploded due to methane buildup within these areas where hydraulic fracturing is performed, and water contamination has been reported in every state where this process has ever been under operation. Yet New York state continues to consider allowing an industry to move in. Do they think anything will be different?

It will be at the risk of the health of citizens and the ruination of the water, and will certainly cost many political seats in the next election, if hydraulic fracturing is approved.

It is a decision that will change the state of New York forever. Might be time to read up on “how to be a responsible leader in the state of New York.” Elect those who believe the protection of human rights doesn’t apply only to the wealthy.

Kim Felter Canarelli

New Berlin

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