As the subject of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas continues to gain momentum, discussions regarding the repercussions of this newest gas drilling technology are taking place at local town board meetings.
The Fenner Neighbor’s Group has organized a screening of Josh Fox’s documentary film “Gasland” to be shown at 6:30 pm. on Monday, July 30 in the Cazenovia Public Library, and followed by a discussion.
Many concerns are being raised about the dangers of toxic waste disposal, extensive environmental damage, release of methane gas, excessive truck traffic causing wear and tear on the roads and the immense amount of water which will be taken from local lakes and rivers.
At this time, as Pennsylvania water levels are low in the Susquehanna River basin, water is now being sought from the Finger Lakes for operations in Pennsylvania.
Areas affected by drilling pads become industrial zones, water wells become contaminated, containment pits may leak or collapse. Property values fall as a result, and leave area homes unsalable.
There are still many serious health questions that are yet to be addressed.
Respiratory illnesses are common in drilling areas, resulting from toxic air pollution, venting of methane, and dust storms of silica sand laced with chemicals which can cause silicosis.
Now is the time for residents to become aware of the facts.
This a critical issue regarding health and safety, property rights and water protection to name just a few key issues now facing New York state.
Jean Doering is volunteer publicist for the Fenner Neighbors Group.