Earthquakes, cancer clusters, and deformed babies. The rates of these tragedies increase steadily in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. The cause: runaway
The New York Times recently printed the last part of an investigative column on the perils connected with
New York has a slack regulative structure about
The Times also documented production systems to recover and manage dangerous waste from drilling which go unfulfilled.
In the most recent installment, the legislative constraints over the years on America’s Environmental Protection Agency are described. The pressure has long been part-and-parcel of the industry’s drive to downplay the hazards from ineptly managed
New York Congressman Maurice Hinchley has been working on the issue and now the EPA is starting
Lisa Jackson, President Obama’s EPA Administrator, has proven to be a defender of public well-being. Regardless, there is every indication that political pressure from the gas and oil production companies will continue.
Exactly what does this suggest for New York
Although the risks are huge for every New Yorker, none should be more concerned than inhabitants of New York City, Westchester County, and Syracuse. Water stores in these locations are presently unfiltered.
Deteriorations in water status — which could happen if extensive gas drilling is in the future — could trigger state and national orders to build extensive facilities to filter the water.
There are three lessons for New York State officials
Take the time to do it right.
There is zero to be achieved, and much to lose, by executing a faulty gas drilling plan.
Make sure the environmental survey of
Even before the Times’ article, the problem has been brewing in New York as New Yorkers have turned
Close gas and oil industry loopholes.
The drilling entrepreneurs get exemptions from more than six environmental regulations, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, and
Stop the Cycle
These problems must be solved before any new gas drilling is permitted in New York.