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One More Day to Act: Gas Drilling May Begin in New York Soon

It's down to the final wire for public comments on the proposed regulations to allow for industrial gas drilling and fracking in New York.

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There's a small amount of different chemicals that we put down with the water that perform different operations, and the volume of the chemical is less than 1% of the total volume of fluid that's pumped, and it does things such as: protects the pipe from corrosion; it helps to initiate the fracture by using an acid-type material to help eat up debris. The perforation that you create -- is it ... Just like anything else, if you cut a hole in something you have debris from cutting that hole. So, this perforation -- we've actually cut a hole in that pipe and out into that formation, and there's debris that's now stuck in there. So, we have to eat that debris out of those perforations. That helps us to initiate the fracture.

And there's also some bacterial-type chemicals because we don't want to create a bacteria environment by injecting the fresh water down the well bore, which most fresh waters have bacteria naturally occurring in it. So, we have a bacteria chemical to keep that bacteria from being transmitted down into that rock.

There's also different chemicals to assist with the creation of scales. Waters that mix created scales. We don't want scales because they act to plug those cracks or fractures.

So, just a small batch of chemicals -- like I said, about less than 1% of the total volume of all the water that goes down there is a chemical.

Artel: Ramsay Adams is the Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, an environmental organization protecting the Catskills of New York.

Ramsay Adams: People are really against this. The majority of people are against it. And even with the billions of dollars this industry is putting into this, grassroots are outnumbering them.

If you tell a lie enough times, people start to believe it. It's just total lie. I mean, there are so many documented, proven water contamination episodes from fracking all over the place -- you know, in Texas and Wyoming, in Pennsylvania. It's outrageous and ridiculous. Toxics Targeting's Walter Hang has outlined about 260 environmental water contamination issues caused by fracking in New York State. Granted, it's vertical fracking, but the point is that you can just keep lying, and a certain number of people will believe you. But evidence is science, and it causes it. Will every drill episode cause a contaminated well? Maybe not. But to say that that's never happened? And that sort of should be criminal; I don't know how a representative of a public company can lie over and over again and not be called to account.

DEC is not doing their job. Their job is to protect. It's the Department of Environmental Conservation. Their job is to protect the environment, and to help conserve our natural resources for future generations. All they're doing is developing a road map as fast as possible to industrialize the rural landscape of the Catskills and the Southern Tier. They want to drill in the Catskill Park; they want to drill in the Delaware River Basin; and they want to drill in the Finger Lakes. It's outrageous.

The industry has no regard for people and lives. It's all about money. And so, they pick places that are close to infrastructure, and they'll drill on churches, they'll drill on schools. They'll drill anywhere. I mean, that's what's amazing about this. You know, it's all about money. It's not about people; it's not about health; it's not about the landscape and preserving the rural character of communities. It's all about money. And this is the same industry ... This is ExxonMobil, it's Halliburton. Multinationals and foreign companies like Nornew, Statoil Hydro, all European companies. So, this idea that it's little Mom-and-Pop gas shops -- you know, your friend across the street -- and it's good for national security and it's good for climate -- again, this is perpetuating these lies with a multi-billion-dollar ad campaign.

 
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