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Letter: Ban on Fracking Is Needed

Senator Jack Martins should be commended for understanding that hydraulic fracturing poses a grave threat to New York State (Let’s Look Before We Leap,” Mineola American, Nov. 2, 2011). Fracking threatens our air, water and food. Senator Martins must call for a ban on fracking. This is the only safe way to deal with this dangerous practice.

Fracking would threaten the water supply of countless New Yorkers. Toxic fracking fluid could make its way into our invaluable underground aquifers, or find its way into surface water. Additionally, fracking threatens to emit methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as well as carcinogenic compounds like ozone.

Fracking poses a diversity of hazards to our environment and our health, and for that reason we must ban it in New York. Gas companies have done nothing to show that fracking can be done safely. We cannot leave the door open; we need to ban fracking now.

Sam Bernhardt