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#21 Mar 22, 2014
not my backyard wrote:
Companies engaged in hydrofracking are exempt from the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. This is a fact. You're theory that the ingredients in fracking fluid is kept secret in order to protect intellectual property. Is some of the better pro propaganda I have heard. I would have to ask. What's in it for you?
Those are federal regulations and while there are some exemptions for oil and gas companies, those companies are still fully regulated at the state level. In addition. oil and gas companies are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. Do a little reading and look at National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements.

You are spewing the same old tire, misinformed rhetoric of fracking opponents without putting an ounce of effort into thinking for yourself. Whenever I'm driving around and see one of the no fracking signs on someone's front lawn I want to stop and ask them what part of the process they are opposed to. What part of the process exactly are you opposed to and why?

Herkimer, NY

#24 Mar 22, 2014
Wake up folks. NY needs tracking!

Herkimer, NY

#25 Mar 23, 2014
JoeP wrote:
Wake up folks. NY needs tracking!
Great post. I especially like this from the article:
“DEC’s number-one priority is to protect the state’s drinking water and environment in concert with exploring options to safely and efficiently extract the state’s natural gas,” said DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens.“This will enable New York’s economy to benefit from this resource and the job opportunities that development is expected to bring.”

I think this is a political hot potato. I think what New York State has found is that fracking can be done safely given an appropriate amount of regulation and oversight but won't move on it. It won't move because of public opinion, driven not by facts, but by the loud voices of environmentalists. If I had to make a prediction it would be that political pressure will force NYSDEC to come up with over the top and unnecessary regulations. Those regulations will drive the cost of natural gas production and transfer so high that it will not be cost effective for interested businesses. That's a loss for the people of the state of New York.

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