Those of us with the jitters about such things as the possibility of hydrofracking drilling (or Fracking) in the Rochester, NY area, even though we are in the Utica Shale, can stop worrying. It isn’t going to happen. There’s not enough gas under us that would attract the gas companies. So sayth the experts: “…some local residents are concerned because a gas-bearing shale layer passes under Monroe County. But as the Democrat and Chronicle learned in interviews with geologists and industry officials, there is likely to be no natural-gas drilling in Monroe County in the foreseeable future. “Drilling leases: Some wary, many welcoming . (October 9, 2011) Democrat and Chronicle
To get a real sense of relief, you need to Google ‘Utica Shale’ and click on images. There you’ll see a lot of images and drawings of the Utica Shale blanketing the Rochester, NY area. So, when the experts tell us that there is ‘likely to be no drilling-gas in Monroe County’ I get a great sense of relief. It’s like going to the doctor’s office and despite all the tests that say your body is riddled with cancer, you don’t have to worry your pretty little head because the doctors says the kind of cancer you have doesn’t need any treatment. No need to get a second opinion: the doctor said just what you wanted to hear so look no more.
It’s those poor people who live in the Marcellus Shale who have something to worry about. They’ve got the bad cancer; they’ve got a lot of gas under their feet and every gas company is drill-ready to get it just as soon as the Revised Draft SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (September 2011) – NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation is over. Then, through the close of business on December 12, 2011, they’ll be drilling in down there in the Marcellus Shale, but not here in Rochester. It’s a shame because they’re going to go crazy drilling down there—just check this drilling map Finger Lakes Region –from Citizens Campaign for the Environment.
We are lucky. But, then cancer is cancer. What if they find out later that we do have cancer, the bad kind? What if they drain the Marcellus Shale and want more gas? I know those experts are always correct in their predictions and even though they don’t want to divulge what’s in that Fracking chemical soup they’re stuffing down into our fissure-ridden rocks, we can feel comforted that they are right. After all, they’ve dug a lot of holes in their time. So, even this story shouldn’t shake us up:
Utica Shale is the next fracking frontier | syracuse.com It’s unlikely that anyone’s going to drill in the town of Tully into the now-famous Marcellus shale because the rock is too close to the surface. But that doesn’t mean drilling rigs and hydrofracking will bypass the town — and a large piece of Central New York. Despite all the attention given to the Marcellus shale, there’s another, deeper rock layer in New York that is an intriguing mystery — bigger but economically an unknown. It’s the Utica shale: a layer of rock thousands of feet deeper than the Marcellus and less well-studied. (October 10, 2011) Syracuse NY Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather - syracuse.com [more on Energy in our area]
Even though this SGEIS we are shaping into the drilling law of the land does include the Utica Shale (though they don’t say it in the title, it’s on page 7 of the Executive Summary) and the experts have admitted they haven’t studied gas in the Utica Shale in full, when they do I’m sure it will be found to have so little natural gas that it’s silly even to think about it.
And remember, what Former Pennsylvania Governor, former National Security Chair, and now gas lobbyist Tom Ridge said about all that water in Pennsylvania lighting on fire because of nearby gas drilling. “Yes, it [water catching on fire] happens all the time but it has nothing to do with hydrofracking.” Tom Ridge - The Colbert Report - 2011-09-06 - Video Clip | Comedy Central Tom must be right. He makes a lot of money and probably has no need for any more.
Besides, I lived way out in the country and for ten years I used well water. Though, my well water never caught on fire, it’s probably a very common event around here and Pennsylvania. I was just one of the lucky ones whose well water did not catch on fire. Those people in Pennsylvania should fess up and admit they’ve been heating their homes with well water all these years.
Finally, let’s admit it. We here in the Rochester, NY region are special. All the stuff you’ve been hearing about the concerns of hydrofracking [like here Fracking - ProPublica ] won’t happen here. Here’s the thing. Don’t you think that if hydrofracking in our region was a real worry, your mainstream media would let you know? Of course they would.