Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00
Senator Jack Martins should be commended for understanding that hydraulic fracturing poses a grave threat to New York State in his column Let’s Look Before We Leap on Nov. 1. Fracking threatens our air, water and food. Senator Martins must call for a ban on fracking!
A controversial new method of natural-gas drilling, embraced rapidly across the U.S., has contaminated water supplies with radioactive waste, according to an investigation by The New York Times. Fracking produces hazardous wastewater, which can contain radioactive substances as well as toxic chemicals, making disposal difficult and dangerous.
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 need to ban fracking now.