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Anti-fracking arguments are not based on facts

Once again, the ill-informed opposition to hydraulic fracturing has misconstrued the facts and continues to mislead the public about the non-existent risks (“Cuomo must finally decide that fracking is too risky,” Another Voice, Oct. 16).

New York has a great history of drilling some 75,000 oil and gas wells since the 1860s and has been in the national forefront of responsible regulation of the oil and gas industry.

More than one million wells nationally have been drilled and hydraulically fractured since the 1940s. This includes approximately 13,000 in New York. Not one incident of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing has ever been documented by the Environmental Protection Agency or any other agency.

Naysayers will continue crafting “fractured fairy tales” about the industry being exempt from the Clean Air Act and other federal statutes. In reality, hydraulic fracturing is regulated under a number of federal statutes, including the Clean Water Act, as well as rigorous state standards.

Finally, they continue citing highly discredited, questionably funded studies that fall short on facts. The Duke study, for example, cited contamination in a waterway from a specific treatment plant, but the plant had stopped accepting hydraulically fractured wastewater well before the testing began.

All of these arguments ignore the fact that more than 10,000 wells have been drilled in New York since the advent of redundant casing and cementing requirements in the 1980s, and there has been not one incident of any long-term impact on groundwater.

Our nation is undergoing an energy renaissance, becoming the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas and leading us to energy self-sufficiency. Hydraulic fracturing is crucial to providing the nation and New York with clean energy and jobs, including both direct energy jobs and jobs in other sectors like manufacturing. The opposition needs to accept the facts.

Karen M. Moreau

Executive Director

NYS Petroleum Council