A comprehensive analysis of nearly 1,500 scientific studies, government reports and media stories on the consequences of fracking released recently found that the evidence overwhelmingly shows the drilling method poses a profound threat to public health and the climate.

Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, said in a statement, “the case against fracking becomes more damning” with the publication of each edition of the Compendium. “What makes fracking different from any other industry I’ve studied in public health is that there’s no industrial zone,” Steingraber said. “It’s taking place literally in our backyards, and unfortunately some of the best evidence for both polluting emissions and emerging health crises is coming out of southwestern Pennsylvania.”

In fact, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf recently issued an order for a study of the relationship between hydrofracking and the increasing frequency of cancers in children in Pennsylvania where fracking is taking place.

Otsego Now’s proposed Oneonta railyard decompressor station is about fracked shale gas — not “natural gas” as we once knew it. In the face of mounting evidence concerning fracking, I urge members of the Otsego County Task Force and City of Oneonta Common Council to view the proposed railyard decompressor station and related fracked gas pipeline through the lens of what, in reality, will ultimately be a moral and ethical decision.

The virtue of the benefits of this proposed project must be weighed against the consequences to our fellow man. Any elected official who might vote to approve the proposed decompressor site based on the economic benefits of bringing Pennsylvania’s fracked shale gas to Oneonta without first considering the harm done to people in Pennsylvania would, in my opinion, have to be morally bankrupt! This, in essence, is not a matter of economics but more a matter of ethics.

Maureen Dill


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