Friday, April 29, 2011

Hydrofracking in New York State:

 

As you know, hydrofracking for natural gas is becoming a looming issue in our area, as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation considers this issue during our hydrofracking moratorium. Many want to learn more about how hydrofracking for natural gas and what to do.

First off, I suggest you attend one of the showings of Gasland that the Rochester Sierra Club’s Global Warming & Energy Committee has planned:

  • Wednesday, May 4, 7 PM Jewish Community Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Brighton, 14618
  • Thursday, May 5, 6:30 PM Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Avenue, Chili, 14624
  • Wednesday, May 11, 7 PM Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield 14526
  • Monday, May 23, 6:30 PM, Pittsford Library, 24 State Street, Pittsford, 14534
  • Tuesday, May 24, 6:30 PM Brighton Public Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Brighton,

You can check out what the industry’s position on fracking fluids and what chemicals they say are involved

FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry “Welcome to FracFocus, the hydraulic fracturing chemical registry website. This website is a joint project of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. On this site you can search for information about the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells. You will also find educational materials designed to help you put this information in perspective.”

Or you can decide to take up action on this issue:

FrackAction.com  "Frack Action is engaged in a long-term campaign to protect our water, air and public health from the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing.  By raising awareness and empowering the public to organize in defense of their communities, we seek to expose the false claims of the gas industry and mobilize a citizen movement to protect our health and our future. Frack Action started as an emergency response to the threat facing our communities.  We are a small team operating on a mostly volunteer basis. "

In any event, this hydrofracking issue is one that should include the fact that included in all our public water safety issues that Climate Change is happening and natural gas (however drilled and used) is a greenhouse gas issue. Climate Change should be a part of the debate about hydrofracking in New York State.

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