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Should Cuomo Allow Hydrofracking in the State?

Cast your vote on how you believe the governor should handle the issue of hydraulic fracturing.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to decide on whether to allow the controversial practice of hydrofracking in New York State.

A May 7 article in City and State suggests that the governor's decision on hydraulic fracturing could determine his environmental reputation.

Hydrofracking involves extracting natural gas and petroleum by drilling into rock layers.

Those who support the procedure believe it could be a source of energy and revenue for the state, while its opponents say it could pose dangers to the state's water supply.

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, R-Forest Hills,

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, D-Forest Hills, and State Sen. Joe Addabbo, D-Forest Hills,

Patch wants to know what you think: Do you believe hydrofracking is a viable method of extracting gas and bringing in revenue for the state? Or, do you think the risks involved in the procedure are too risky? Cast your vote in Patch's poll and post your comment in the section provided below.

Kelly May 18, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Can't believe that people buy the case for jobs being provided by hydro fracking. What's the point of having a job when there is no potable drinking water and the land has been destroyed?
cdanon76 May 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I can't believe alarmists like Kelly actually still believe the "water will be ruined and the land will be destroyed" lies. It has all been disproven and debunked by EPA, DEP, and many other agencies repeatedly. Two million wells across the US and no problems. PA is fine, ND is fine, everywhere is fine with it. NY needs to get on with this so it to can be fine.Likewise the economic benefits are proven real. The jobs are proven to be real. Already NYers are working in PA. Time to bring them home and devleop NG in NY! Take for the anti-gas obstructionists to take their fear mongering and mis-information to Vermont where they don't even have gas reserves. Next thing you know that state will be banning palm trees and orange groves. Misguided fools wsting tax payer funds on empty symbolic acts to placate a vocal minority!
Bill H May 18, 2012 at 04:47 PM
NY should open the doors to this industry as it will create tens of thousands of jobs riviving the upstate economy and the taxes collecte will help with the state deficet. Now that we know the Dimock PA water stories were just that "stories" we should move forth and start permitting.
Kelly May 19, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Alarmist? Perhaps realist: http://aapdistrictii.org/update-on-hydrofracking/
susan dorsey May 20, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Kelly, facts to back the wild accusations please. Verifiable facts not accusations and fears. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KzqBDYuZ-c
Kim M. May 20, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Kelly I have to agree with Sue, I was against gas drilling in the begining but as more facts became available, and the many fears that I was hearing about the water were put to rest by several test done by the EPA and PA-DEP, showing no fracing contaminates in 61 tested well near the homes of those suing including the Saunters water well, I feel very comfortable that drilling in the United States using high volume hydraulic fractuing is not only safe, but will keep us in cheap energy for years to come
susan dorsey May 20, 2012 at 02:06 PM
susan dorsey 9:13 pm on Saturday, May 19, 2012 the point is there has NEVER been even one case of drinking water contaminated by frac fluid, ANYWHERE EVER, per Lisa Jackson, head of EPA what land is destroyed? Instead of trashing something you know nothing about, you could spend your time seeking the FACTS www.jlcny.org
Kelly May 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
This excerpt is from the EPA re another area of the country: Findings in the Two Deep Water Monitoring Wells: EPA’s analysis of samples taken from the Agency’s deep monitoring wells in the aquifer indicates detection of synthetic chemicals, like glycols and alcohols consistent with gas production and hydraulic fracturing fluids, benzene concentrations well above Safe Drinking Water Act standards and high methane levels. Given the area’s complex geology and the proximity of drinking water wells to ground water contamination, EPA is concerned about the movement of contaminants within the aquifer and the safety of drinking water wells over time. Here's the actual press release: As for fear-mongering, I just have a long memory: Deepwater Horizon, 9/11 (EPA told everyone the air was safe, --oh, and Love Canal. Anyone remember the safety assurances of Love Canal? It used to be that Americans could actually exchange ideas. Now it's only a volley of opinions and excoriation (cdanon76) and that isn't an exchange, nor does it make either side more correct in its views.
susan dorsey May 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
freeze in the dark forever, you certainly would need to if you have any integrity most of us live with calculated risks, and take responsibility for our actions we own up to our fuel usage we do not support oil wars safely out of view on the other side of the earth when we are sitting on abundant clean, local natural gas and we don't drive Priuses charged by electricity from coal burning plants while claiming the moral high ground life is 100% fatal, deal
Eric May 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I work for well service company and we constantly have third party companies come and test everything we do.millions of dollars are spent to make sure were doing the right things. AND. I live in vestal, all my life. Drive an hour to work. The option is out there to work. These business are hiring all the time. But it's long hours and a lot of work. Not for people who have families, or people that depend on you.

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