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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:23 AM

Gas Drilling Is Called Safe in New York

Source: NYT

The state’s Health Department found in an analysis it prepared early last year that the much-debated drilling technology known as hydrofracking could be conducted safely in New York, according to a copy obtained by The New York Times from an expert who did not believe it should be kept secret.

The analysis and other health assessments have been closely guarded by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his administration as the governor weighs whether to approve fracking. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has long delayed making a decision, unnerved in part by strident opposition on his party’s left. A plan to allow a limited amount of fracking in the state’s Southern Tier along the Pennsylvania border is still seen as the most likely outcome, should the drilling process receive final approval.

The eight-page analysis is a summary of previous research by the state and others, and concludes that fracking can be done safely. It delves into the potential impact of fracking on water resources, on naturally occurring radiological material found in the ground, on air emissions and on “potential socioeconomic and quality-of-life impacts.”

But it remains difficult to discern how much original research the state has done on potential health impacts, and environmentalists worry that the administration’s lack of transparency is hiding a lack of rigor in its assessment of public health risks. At the same time, the drilling industry, and landowners who have leased their land in the Southern Tier, have grown increasingly frustrated with delays by the Cuomo administration to announce a final plan. State regulators have now been studying the issue of fracking for about four years.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/nyregion/hydrofracking-safe-says-ny-health-dept-analysis.html

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:43 AM

1. Can they provide evidence that it can be done safely?

Areas of the country with fracking are finding all kinds of problems.

From contaminated wells and water tables to health issues of people living close to the fracking.

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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:51 AM

2. Gas drilling in New York is certainly safe for me here in California

 

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 08:00 AM

3. i remember when they said the same thing about cigarettes

that it was actually good for you

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:30 AM

4. "can" vs "will"

Can be done safely isn't the same as will be done safely. Most reporting I've seen says "if" done properly it's safe. There's a well going to be drilled and fracked less than 1000 feet from our home. We have good water now. 5 to 6 percent of well casings fail immediately and they all fail eventually (this was noted in a gas industry document). We know they will drill eventually, so all we can do is delay to get "safer" regulations. The gas proponents have spent huge amounts of money on PR and people are seeing dollar signs.

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