Though fracking companies keep their chemical use secret, a 2011 study identified more than 600 chemicals used in fracking. We urged New York Governor Cuomo to put profits ahead of our health and environment by maintaining the moratorium on fracking.
Just as the natural gas industry must mitigate the poisonous effect hydrofracking has on our aquifers, it must also ensure accidental methane emissions are kept to a minimum. Only then could it serve to help steer our society away from coal and petroleum based energies.
Are you confused by the debate over fracking? I'm not surprised. The public debate is complex, angry, boisterous, a mix of science intertwined with politics, and complicated by a lack of information (or even intentional disinformation) on all sides.
While a fracking safety panel might seem a step in the right direction, it falls short of what is truly needed right now: a nationwide moratorium on until thorough scientific studies are conducted to assess the risks posed by fracking.
While the natural gas companies might think hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") is great for their bottom line, the process involves pumping thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals down into the earth.