“There is a lot of science to do to determine how and whether inherently risky shale gas drilling can be done safely, and the state hasn’t done it yet,” said Dusty Horwitt, senior counsel for Environmental Working Group. “Producing thousands of pages of text is no substitute for figuring out whether toxic wastewater can be safely disposed of or how far drilling pollution can spread underground.”
The ten most significant deficiencies in the draft plan drawn up by the state Department of Environmental Conservation are:
- No empirical scientific data on drilling and fracking risks
- Drilling allowed too close to sensitive water supplies
- No plan for disposing of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater
- Radioactive pollution from drilling underestimated
- Outdated studies to estimate greenhouse gas emissions from shale gas operations
- No assessment of the impact of shale gas development on New Yorkers’ health
- Little basic data on the location of underground water supplies, faults and flood plains
- No review of siting plans and risks of potentially explosive natural gas pipelines
- No provisions to protect sensitive areas from vertical drilling and lower-volume hydraulic fracturing
- Too few inspectors to enforce scientifically rigorous regulations
The New York Times reported that Governor Cuomo is on the verge of lifting New York’s current ban on fracking, and allowing the gas industry free reign across a huge area of our state—specifically targeting economically disadvantaged communities with this toxic practice.
Call Governor Cuomo right now, and every day, to tell him that no part of New York State should be sacrificed for fracking: (866) 961-3208.