Article courtesy of Sue Rosenberg | January 02, 2013 | Daily Freeman | Shared as educational material only
We are facing a critical time in our efforts to protect New York from the dangers of hydrofracking for natural gas. There is much we must do if we are to have a chance to protect our beautiful state.
Here are two:
•Public comment on new regulations:
In response to the urgent demands from a broad representation of the health and medical communities for a comprehensive, independent, cumulative study of the impacts of hydrofracking on the health and safety of both humans and animals, Gov. Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation agreed to a review of the health studies already in place. A panel of three scientists was given only a short time to review and then will report, not to the public, but to Dr. Shah of the state Health Department.
This is a far cry from a transparent and comprehensive study needed to truly document the impact of hydrofracking. Carcinogenic and toxic air pollutants, contamination of drinking water have long term and serious health consequences especially for children. And the governor and DEC have issued “new” regulations for drilling before this inadequate health study is completed. How can you develop “effective” regulations if the risks have not yet been clearly identified?
The public comment period for these “new” regulations is brief, between Dec. 12 and Jan. 11 — right in the middle of the hectic holiday season. It would seem calculated to limit the number and depth of these comments. However, NY Against Fracking and Dr. Sandra Steingraber (renown biologists and winner of the Heinz Science Award) have developed some tools to help us.
Go to www.nyagainstfracking.org and click on “30 days of Fracking Regs” and each day a regulation is explained with expert commentary by Dr. Steingraber with an easy way for each of us to add our thoughtful comments.
•State of the State on Jan. 9:
Please make plans now to join thousands at Gov, Cuomo’s State of the State speech in Albany. We have to let him know that we will not tolerate risking the health and safety of the people, the increased danger to the environment and the industrialization of our rural countryside. Safe and sustainable alternatives are there, both for the economy and our energy needs. Let New York take the lead.