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No fracking here

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

NYPIRG is New York’s largest and most effective student advocacy group, with 20 chapters in the state. Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) is a relatively new process of natural gas drilling, and it’s raising eyebrows on whether it’s safe for our environment or not, especially the quality of our drinking water.

New York is debating whether to allow fracking, and it can jeopardize millions of people’s clean water in the process. Companies like Exxon Mobil are looking to make profit by exploiting these natural resources and tainting water supplies. They have also been spending millions on advertisements to influence New Yorkers.

This process is dirtier than they like to admit. While the product, methane, might burn cleaner than coal, saying the technology is clean is a dirty lie. Huge amounts of water, sand and over 750 chemicals are pumped underground to dissolve, stabilize and extract natural gas from shale deposits.

It’s very important for students in this day and age to know the risks of fracking and how it affects the environment. We have seen the consequences of fracking in Pennsylvania and many other states.

As Gov. Cuomo begins to make a final decision about the issue, he needs to know New York students are against fracking. Please give him a call today at 1 (800) 566-5020 and say No Fracking Way.

The writer is a student at Queensborough Community College and a member of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Zulfiqar A. Soomro

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