EANY: Risky Business: Hydrofracking Comes to New York State

Environmental Advocates of New York: Risky Business: Hydrofracking Comes to New York State

Like a lot of green groups, Environmental Advocates of New York is concerned about potential threats to the state’s water quality associated with drilling for natural gas, particularly in the Marcellus Shale formation. And as those folks more interested in making a buck than protecting our drinking water descend on the Southern Tier, it’s critical that these concerns get addressed and pronto.

We are especially concerned about the practice of “hydrofracking,” a drilling process whereby millions of gallons of slurry are pumped into a well at high pressure to fracture the rock and release the gas for easier extraction.

Hydrofracking uses millions of gallons of water and chemicals per well—some of which are known toxins. As drilling in the Marcellus Shale play increases, and hydrofracking becomes more prevalent, we need to ensure that any water used is obtained sustainably and that all wastewater is treated and disposed of responsibly.

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