You Don’t Know Frack

05 Oct, 2011

By Polly Kreisman

Elisabeth Radow (right) and Al Appleton


 


 


To say that local League of Women Voters President Beth Radow is passionate about educating people about the dangers of fracking is beyond understatement.


“It’s the biggest environmental issue in this state in our lifetime,” she told a packed room at the Mamaroneck Public Library Tuesday night. For two hours, she led a discussion on the complex and multi-faceted issue of Hydraulic Fracturing, or Fracking.


(Trailer for the film Gasland, part of which was seen last night, is below)


With a December 12 deadline for public comment on New York State draft regulations for hydraulic fracking in the areas above Marcellus Shale, opponents are on a fast track to have their views documented by the Governor’s office.


Al Appleton, former Department of Environmental Commissioner for New York City explained how this controversial drilling method involves injecting, horizontally, a mixture of water and a host of chemicals deep into the Earth’s surface in order to extract natural gas.


“These chemicals have long and unpleasant names which (the gas companies) can custom design….Chemicals without toxins cannot frack.”


The result, Appleton and Radow maintain, will pollute our drinking water, increase our tax base, and potentially take away mortgage and land rights of those upon whose land wells are drilled.


Since New York State passed a ban on fracking three years ago, fracking has become big news. One poll shows  nearly half of New Yorkers are watching the issue, and  a slightly higher percentage of voters are more inclined to trust fracking’s opponents than thos that champion it as a solution to oil dependence on the Mideast.


Says Appleton, government and industry want to spend “$500 Billion to $1 Trillion” to develop up to 120,000 gas wells on the New York landscape.


“Why not spend this on developing green energy?” he asked.


One member of the audience voiced his view that this was a “one sided presentation,” and that representatives of the gas companies, such as Exxon should have been invited.


“I’ve been thinking about this issue for many years, ” Appleton responded. “And I just can’t see a single economic or environmental reason to support it.”



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  • http://www.lzgardener.com Catherine Wachs

    This link explains what fracking is in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phCibwj396I

    Ms. Radow is right when she says this is the biggest environmental issue of our lifetime– and our children’s. As Mr. Appleton explained, once the water is polluted with formaldehyde, benzene, and all the other 100’s of chemicals used in shale gas drilling, or hydrofracking, no filters in the world can clean our water. Radioactive radium, sequestered in the earth, has surfaced from mining gas in Texas drinking water. This is not your father’s “clean” gas.

    Cheasapeake Energy is throwing money around and millions in advertising. Cash-strapped news orgs have under-reported the story. Those whose land and lives have been ruined by the chemicals have remained silent in exchange for clean water provided by the gas companies. They have no choice. And the story stays untold.

    If you are reading this far, and you have never written your representatives, this is the one time to do it. Please write Gov. Cuomo and cc. your reps, their emails can be found below. 10 minutes of your life could help save us from this disastrous threat.

    The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
    Governor of New York State
    NYS State Capitol Building
    Albany, NY 12224
    http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php

    Find your NY State Rep http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search

    Rye/Larchmont/Port Chester is George Latimer: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/George-S-Latimer/contact/

    Find your NY State Senator: http://www.nysenate.gov/senators
    Rye/Larchmont/Port Chester is Suzi Oppenheimer: http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/suzi-oppenheimer/contact

    Rye/Larchmont county legislator is Judy Myers: http://westchesterlegislators.com/district-7/email-district-7.html