Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hydro-fracking: the Social, Moral and Political Imperatives.

Followers of this blog may be wondering why it has recently been focusing on Hydro-fracking in addition to the core issues that originally formed the gestation of this blog: tree preservation, urban canopy renewal/restoration and lobbying for changes to vegetation management policies in our communities by our electric utilities & the NYSPSC.

It's simple, really. The concern for trees emerges from the recognition that they serve as our lungs in purifying air, provide needed cooling in the summer and wind protection in the winter, and are primary processors of stormwater - protecting and enhancing streams, habitats and watersheds thereby ensuring safe, clean drinking water.

And when it comes to our drinking water, protection of upstate watersheds and aquifers must be of immediate and on-going concern for everyone: without this source of fresh potable water, the greater NYC-Philadelphia metropolitan region of over 15 million souls can not be sustained.

But our very life-blood - the water we drink from unpolluted reservoirs and streams upstate is in imminent danger today! The search for oil has come to our (upstate) backdoor in the form of Hydro-fracking. Energy companies are engaged in a gold rush mentality to sign leases for drilling access throughout the upstate Marcellus Shale region (view map).

Recently, at Woodlands Community Temple in Greenburgh, the Cantor presented a Rosh Hashanah sermon about hydro-fracking, including the risks and apparent benefits (lease $) of the practice. This serves as a good introductory white paper on the issue, but also serves to more deeply delve into the social, moral and political imperatives which each concerned citizen needs to address. After reading this, please take action to let your voice be heard!

Read the full text of Saving the Delaware, the Rosh Hashanah 2010 sermon (pdf file).

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For additional information, see this link or simply google "hydro-fracking Marcellus Shale".

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