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Gov. has me fracking worried

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Sadly, in regards to fracking, it seems like Gov. Cuomo is becoming as dishonest as the gas industry. In pushing to open New York to fracking, a process we know will endanger our health and pollute our environment, the governor appears to be sacrificing our health and safety for gas company profits.

Ample evidence shows that fracking has contaminated drinking water and polluted the environment. In Pennsylvania, we’ve seen families who — before fracking came to town — had enjoyed clean water for decades. Now that drilling has invaded their communities, their water is no longer safe to drink, cook with or shower in. The gas industry is trying to cover up these problems, and they continue to deny the damage fracking has done. It’s clear that they have been, and will continue to be, dishonest.

Now, Cuomo appears to be doing the same. The governor proposed rules for fracking before the state has even finished studying its impacts to public health and our environment. How could we possibly know what rules are needed before we know the damage fracking will do? Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like Cuomo cares. It looks like he’s in such a hurry to rubber stamp fracking that he’s cheating his own process.

Fracking in New York could mean more than just the contamination of our drinking water. It would also mean the destruction of thousands of acres of family farms and forests. Some of our most beautiful rural and natural landscapes will be leveled as gas companies reap the benefits.

Gov. Cuomo — do the right thing. Ban fracking in New York.

Alexandra Tsubota
Environment New York
Manhattan

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