Friday, June 3, 2011

Cuomo Expands Hydrofracking Review

Submitted by Natalie Zises on Tue, 2011-05-31 15:56.
Concerned by a leak of chemical-laden fracking fluid in Pennsylvania on April 19thGov. Andrew Cuomo has decided he needs more reassurance before allowing the process of "hydrofracking" in New York.
Hydrofracking could unlock reserves of  natural gas, but poses significant environmental  risks.Hydrofracking could unlock reserves of natural gas, but poses significant environmental risks.An internal memo obtained by several news outlets directs the state Department of Environmental Conservation to review and learn any lessons from the Pennsylvania mishap, which caused a well to gush salty, chemically tainted water for two days. 
Hydrofracking is a controversial technique used to drill for natural gas, in which immense quantities of water are injected underground. Among the complications of hydrofracking are "leakoffs" -- where the water that is pumped is released into neighboring drinking water sources.
Leakoffs are of high concern to many citizens and environmental organizations because chemicals in fracturing fluid are known to cause cancer, and/or disrupt hormones that control development, reproduction, and behavior in both humans and animals.
The review Cuomo's administration is calling for, due July 1st, will include an on-site inspection by New York officials of the Pennsylvania site.
In related news, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on May 31st his intent to sue the federal governmentif it fails to initiate a study of the effects that hydraulic fracturing could have in the Delaware River basin within 30 days. The river provides over 15 million people -- about 5 percent of U.S. population -- with drinking water in parts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.

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