May 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
Tomorrow, May 3, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., Joel Tyner will hold a press conference/rally at the Zena Cornfield in Woodstock, NY. The Sawkill, which runs next to the Zena Cornfield, is not protected from hydrofracking under the proposed DEC regulations, as it is not part of the NYC watershed, nor are many areas within the Catskill Park. (Thanks to Catskill Mountainkeeper for their invaluable work.)
The regulations proposed by the DEC are insufficient to protect our water, and hydrofracking for methane (natural gas) has absolutely caused problems where drilling has commenced—in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the Barnett Shale in Texas, the Hilliard in Wyoming, etc., problems ranging from aquifer contamination to increased seismic activity.
If fracking is so safe, why were exemptions needed to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Superfund Act? (The so-called Halliburton loophole.)
Again, I will cite Geologist and Professor Terry Engelder of Penn St, one of the earliest (and current) proponents of hydrofracturing. As a matter of fact, it was Terry Engelder who revised upwards the estimates of how much gas could be obtained from the Marcellus and other shale formations, beginning the rush to frack; in November 2008, based on drilling results, Engelder increased his estimate of the amount of natural gas in the Marcellus to 363 TCF of recoverable resource, which would be enough to supply U.S. consumption for at least fourteen years.
Here is what Professor Engelder has to say about the safety of drilling:
“There probably can never be enough regulations, particularly if you’re on the side of really making sure this is done right.”