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Editorial: Informed debate needed on fracking's health impacts

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The hydrofracking debate in New York state so far has generated plenty of heat but little light. Those who have tried to keep an open mind — wary of the industry’s claims that the natural gas extraction process poses little or no danger to the environment or human health, and of opponents’ claims that it will be a disaster on both counts — have waited for some disinterested party to give us solid science with ...

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albright1
September 27, 2012
8:45 a.m.

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Gazette, did you really just call Bradley Field a "global warming denier"? You really need to get some adults to write your opinions.

hodgkins.t
September 27, 2012
10:13 a.m.

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http://vimeo.com/44367635

The Sky is Pink, a great documentary about the hazards of fracking

AB
September 27, 2012
12:15 p.m.

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A lot depends on who determines which experts are chosen. Consulting with "the most qualified" outside experts might very include only those experts working for industry. The reality is that DEC staffers - who are, in my experience, very honest, dedicated and good at what they do -- are nonetheless under intense political pressure and oversight. I would imagine DOH is subject to the same political influence or the Governor wouldn't agree to this. This study needs to be conducted by an independent group -- drawn from both industry and critics -- to be credible. It would be a service to NY and the rest of the nation to have this done right.

biwemple
September 27, 2012
9:48 p.m.

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Should have a look at press release yesterday of all the failures NYS DEC has allowed to occur under current regulations.
Title: Review of DEC Mineral Resources Annual Reports Reveals Decades of Improper Gas and Oil Regulation DEC Permitted Billions of Gallons of Untreated Gas and Oil Brine Wastewater to be Dumped Into Pits and Streams Up to Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Needed to Plug and Clean up 4,700+ Abandoned Gas and Oil Wells New Video Documents Massive Drinking Water Contamination and Brine Dumping Incidents In Southern Tier

http://www.toxicstargeting.com/Marcellus...

Enjoy...

albright1
September 28, 2012
6 p.m.

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BiWemple, I surely believe that the DEC and all NYS and Federal government departments are incompetent. But the cases presented in your link are 1920's and 1930's wells that used water flooding in oil sands roughly 300 to 700 feet below the surface. This has little to do with hydraulic fracturing at 8000 to 10000 ft in shale in the modern era.

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