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Letter: Cuomo should prohibit fracking in New York

Cuomo should prohibit fracking in New York

Hydraulic fracturing is a process that uses thousands of gallons of highly pressurized water, sand and many unknown chemicals to drill wells into the ground. The main objective is to obtain natural gas that is embedded in the pores of shale by breaking it apart. The oil and natural gas industry will prosper as a result of fracking, but only at the expense of further damaging our environment. Do the benefits outweigh the negatives? I think not.

We use hundreds of diesel-powered trucks to transport freshwater to the well site, and then mix that water with sand and toxic chemicals to pump into the ground to get natural gas. The water used for fracking is then contaminated and not able to be reused. So we are burning fossil fuels and wasting freshwater to get more fossil fuels. It doesn’t make any sense when both our freshwater supply and fossil fuels are a finite resource that is being depleted rapidly. Why are we dumping money into a resource that doesn’t have an infinite supply? Why not explore the many forms of clean and renewable energy such as wind and solar energy?

While drilling these wells there are risks of contaminating groundwater, which can have detrimental effects on the ecosystem and people living in the area. Another flaw to fracking is we are not able to capture and utilize all of the methane that is coming up from the well, which means that it is being released into our atmosphere. Methane is a greenhouse gas that is worse than carbon dioxide in the sense that it traps four times as much heat. Gov. Andrew Cuomo should not permit fracking in New York State.

Shane McQuaid