Hydraulic-fracturing, also known as fracking, is a relatively new process of natural gas drilling, and it's raising eyebrows on weather it's safe for our environment, especially the quality of our drinking water.
As we speak, New York is facing a huge debate on whether or not to allow fracking in the state. Companies like ExxonMobil are looking to make big profits by exploiting these natural resources while tainting water supplies. They have also been spending millions on advertisements to influence New Yorkers.
Unfortunately, this process is dirtier than the companies like to admit. While the end product, methane, might burn cleaner than coal, saying the technology is clean is a dirty lie. Huge amounts of water, sand and over 750 chemicals are pumped underground to dissolve, stabilize and extract natural gas from shale deposits.
It’s very important for students in this day and age to know the risks of fracking and how it effects the environment. We have seen the consequences of fracking in Pennsylvania, and many other states all throughout the country.
As students, we must educate ourselves about this process because it can affect our drinking water and the lives of millions thoughout the state. As Governor Cuomo begins to make a final decision about the issue, he needs to know New York students are against fracking. Please give him a call today at 800 566-5020 and say “No Fracking Way.”
Queensborough Community College Student
Member of NYPIRG