Frack David Schook Environmental Science December 2, 2011
Hydraulic Fracturing also known as “hydrofracking” involves shooting a mixture of sand, water and other chemicals at high pressure down and horizontally into drilled wells as far as 10,000 feet below the surface to force natural gas out of rocks and into the wells.http://www.question-everything.org/2010/12/what-is-hydrofracking/
Positives•Natural gas is acleaner burning fossilfuel.•Can obtaindomestically ratherthan internationally.•Boost our economyand create jobs. Negatives •Chemicals are added for drilling. •These chemicals effect drinking water which then the water is contaminated.http://www.thinkbefore •Hydrofracking releases methane intoyoufrack.org/about- the atmosphere which is the leader ofhydrofracking/ greenhouse gases causing harm to the environment and our health.
Although hydrofracking could be good for our economy it is still too harmful to our health. Over 200 chemicals can be used in the hydrofracking process and are potentially dangerous. Some of these chemicals include: and With so much water and so many toxic chemicals used in hydrofracking, many NYC leaders and environmentalists fear contamination of the watershed that supplies pure unfiltered drinking water to more than 9 million residents of NYC and neighboring counties –half the population of NY State.http://www.question-everything.org/2010/12/what-is-hydrofracking/
•Toxic fluids are escaping into •Air pollution is an issue due towatershed and contaminating the onsite operations, evaporation pitswater which our wildlife is exposed and to the emissions of the dieselto. trucks coming and going carrying materials, water and wastes. •Noise pollution is another issue from the initial month of drilling the well to the continuous noise generated by operation of compressor stations.http://www.nexxite.com/EV/HydrofrackingfactsheetFINAL4.pdf
After sitting in on a local common council meeting about the concern ofhydrofracking the city of Little Falls mayor Roger Peters is against theidea stating, “The watershed is sacred land and should be protected assuch.” He is aware of local gas companies possibly thinking aboutdrilling in the Herkimer County area, but is a practice he does not wantto see employed in the area. Mayor Peters also stated at the meetinghow a company can not just move into the city and give uscontaminated water to treat. He concluded the meeting with thecomment of “With the possibility of drilling for natural gas to occurhere in Herkimer County, we need to be ready for it.” Common Council Meeting Attended Speaker: Roger Peters: Mayor of Little Falls on November 3rd at 7:00p.m. Contact info:
•Contact local officials including: governor,legislators and other officials. Write aletter telling them how you feel abouthydrofracking and how they should passlaws prohibiting or regulating hydraulicfracturing and most important tell themyou want clean safe water to drink! •Spread the word! Tell everybody about hydrofracking! Tell everyone you know to do whatever they can to keep our water safe.
Websites:http://www.nexxite.com/EV/HydrofrackingfactsheetFINAL4.pdfhttp://www.question-everything.org/2010/12/what-is-hydrofracking/ http://www.thinkbeforeyoufrack.org/abo ut-hydrofracking/Interview:Roger Peters: Little FallsCity MayorContact info: 315-823-2400