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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fracking now being considered close by, where *your* air and *your* water will be affected...

Quote from Professor Tony Ingraffea, civil and environmental engineer, professor emeritus at Cornell University, president of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, Inc.. (Dr. Ingraffea's research concentrates on computer simulation and physical testing of complex fracturing - fracking - processes. In 2011, TIME Magazine named him one of its "People Who Mattered".)

"(S)hale gas, unlike previous conventional gas developments, is extremely intense. We have to have many, many wells per square mile—eight, nine, 10 wells per square mile. That means entire regions would have to see tens of thousands of wells. The prospective was that upstate New York was going to be patterned, checkerboard pattern, a pad every mile in one direction, every two miles in another direction, as far as the eye could see. And that means that we increase the risk of all the bad things that can happen when you drill a hole in the ground and when you try to extract enormous amounts of natural gas. There can be leaks. There can be failures. There can be transportation problems. There can be pipeline problems, compressor station problems, processor unit problems, storage problems. All of these lead to potential contamination of water supplies, underground drinking water supplies for people in private water wells, which is quite prevalent in upstate New York, and air contamination.

We all breathe the same air. We’re all downstream, as Dr. Steingraber’s book points out. You can’t isolate shale gas from the people. It makes the people be part of the shale gas-industrial operation. And the people of New York state, using their democratic powers, informed the governors of New York state that they wanted the science to declare whether a policy allowing shale gas development in New York was appropriate—19.8 million people in the state—on the one hand, their health; on the other hand, the potential, and now unrealizable, wealth of a few hundred people and a few foreign corporations. I think the decision became very clear for Governor Cuomo this week. [...]

(S)hale gas development, despite what the president of the American petroleum association says—American Petroleum Institute says, is a new process. Developing shale gas is not your grandmother’s and grandfather’s oil and gas well in Texas. It’s an entirely new process. It’s orders of magnitude large in scale. The number of wells, the time it takes to drill wells, the amount of fracking fluid that’s used to stimulate the wells, the amount of waste that’s produced, the amount of ancillary infrastructure, pipelines, compressor station, processing units—all of that makes it different."

Ingraffea, one of the country's leading experts on hydrofracking - a Cornell professor, a civil engineer - says fracking is not safe, that the science now available is proving our health is at risk given current fracking practices... . Wake up, folks living in is time to follow the New Yorkers who pressured their government to stop this before it gets truly started in our backyards.