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Hidden dangers of hydrofracking

July 21, 2011

The state is admittedly in desperate financial shape. Nevertheless, I challenge the recent, it-won’t-happen-here declaration out of Albany, regarding natural gas hydrofracking: “We are going to do this safely.”

The costly dangers of hydrofracking already have been well documented.

Moreover, accidents happen, and always will, regardless of how stringent the High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Advisory Panel strives to make the rules. Just look at the disaster caused by the Yellowstone pipeline, let alone what befell the Gulf of Mexico.

Finally, what is good—or not good—for state wilderness areas, the New York City and Syracuse watersheds and underground municipal water sources should be good—or not good—for the rest of the state.

Susan Kross
Dairyland, NY

Finally, some sanity.

You are right. The entire Empire State should allow fracturing, with no exceptions. Syracuse and NYC have nothing to fear but fear itself.