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November 14, 2010

This was my environmental folk song growing up, about the old coal mining towns. When I hear it now I think about what’s happening in PA over gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking), people coming up with contaminated ponds and wells, losing the integrity of the land they live by and their livelihoods. But someone is getting very rich.

Fracking is not a done deal in NY. Politicians in high places made some slick moves several years ago for their corporate friends to get this business exempted from following the Clean Water Act, even though it forces toxic chemicals by the hundreds of thousands of gallons into the ground. (Halliburton! Guess who?) But the EPA is finally going to take a look at it’s real effects.
Read more about what’s happening now here. Lots more links here.

The E.P.A. is conducting a congressionally mandated study on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, on drinking water supplies. A 2005 vote in Congress exempted the practice from regulation by the Clean Water Act after a 2004 federal study determined that the practice posed little threat to human health.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kylie permalink
    November 17, 2010 9:06 am

    Hi Gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for this. Fracking has come to Otsego county and we’re doing research and finding out which neighbors may have signed on, so this bunch of links is very timely. Pouring poisonous chemicals into our soil and water in order to extract natural gas- what could possibly go wrong?

    • November 17, 2010 11:55 am

      What, indeed? There’s a lot of info out there from people doing research, which I can also send you. I also recommend the movie, “Gasland.”

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