Between A Roc and a Hard Place: Coming to a Tap Near You

Though, not if we can help it. I’ve posted a lot about fracking these past couple of weeks. This is due in no small part to my new job, which I will write more about in the phone call tomorrow. Today I will keep it short and sweet (sorry, my body is still getting used to the hours.)

You may wonder why I am talking about this issue in my local feature. Well, I am glad you are wondering and I would be glad to tell you. Hyrdofracking in a very direct threat to Rochester’s economy and our health. The Genessee  Brewery has not said anything yet, but Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown has already said they are pulling up stakes if fracking comes to NY, can we expect our local beer maker to stay if the quality of the water they use nosedives so completely?

Right now the Governor’s office is considering test drilling in five counties across the state. We do not need test drilling, we have already seen what has happened in Pennsylvania, which sits on the same shale as most of New York, the Marcellus Shale. Furthermore, one of those counties is Steuben County. The test site would be just ten miles from Hemlock lake, from which we get our water.

The gas companies have refused to list every chemical in the sludge that they use to crack the shale, citing proprietary information. Those that they have listed though are scary enough. Among them are benzene and radon. I don’t know about you but I don’t want either of those in my drinking water. Nor do I want our great state to have to deal with the myriad other problems that come with this process. I certainly do not like what it will do to Rochester and it’s neighbors.

So please, keep up the pressure on Governor Cuomo. You can go to our website at www.nypirg.org to learn more and we also have the Governor’s twitter account if you want to tell him how you feel. While you are at it, while we are out canvassing, please at least take the time to listen, you may appreciate what these wonderful young people have to tell you.

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