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Health and safety should come first in fracking debate

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Health and safety should come first in fracking debate Since losing our precious 12-year-old son to brain cancer, I have been on a quest to learn all I can about childhood cancer. A frightening statistic I have learned is that pediatric cancer has been increasing at the rate of about 1 percent each year in the United States since the mid-1980s. First I want to be clear, I am not blaming my son’s cancer on ...

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October 24, 2012
8:09 p.m.

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Fracking sounds like a good economic idea, and even better yet more recently with guesses - I mean estimates - on the quantities that may be in the Marcellus Shale.

My biggest concern is that the industry remains secretive on what chemicals they are pumping into the ground. They try to side-step the questions by maintaining that they are the same ingredients that many have in their kitchen.

Well, my kitchen has Draino, insect repellents, some anti-freeze for my heating system, and many other items that I sure don't want in my water -- but all in my kitchen and probably yours too.

My second concern is that the horizontal drilling/fracturing goes out beyond the property lines of the land procured by the industry. If I'm their neighbor, shouldn't I have the right to MY gas, and only at the time I decide to remove it? This theft of other people's property rights is akin to me buying a small lot in downtown Albany and building an underground convention center, acres big, sprawling under my neighbors' properties. But the chemicals are by far more important.