Fracking Secrets: Hydraulic Fracturing Still Shrouded in Mystery

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As Albany pols weigh the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing, it seems like full disclosure of fracking practices remains iffy.

Shortly after reports surfaced that physicians in Pennsylvania couldn't publicly discuss info about fracking chemicals, some New Yorkers have started to begging Department of Environmental Conversation staffers to spill secrets about the policymaking process.

Their concern? They think the DEC might not pay much attention to the 66,000 public comments collected during a "proposed state roadmap for hydrofracking," the Times Union reports. So, they think insider tipsters might be the only way to access data.

Worth mentioning: as the Voice noted in January, the comments don't have much of a direct impact. Yeah, the DEC has to read them and comment on the more poignant ones, but even if most voiced anti-fracking views, that doesn't mean the agency would have to ban the practice.

But here's what just went down: A handful of Frack Action members gathered outside DEC headquarters in the capital on Tuesday, urging staff to "potentially risk their jobs by revealing how DEC is weighing the issue of natural gas hydraulic fracturing."

They handed out flyers titled "Calling All Whistleblowers" with contact info for the group. Frack Action also hit up DEC offices in New Paltz and plan on visiting branches in Syracuse and Buffalo.

The state can't legally fire public employees who "reports fraud, wrongdoing or violations of the law, or who reports on an action that represents a danger to public health or safety."

However, Frack Action doesn't staff lawyers who could aid would-be whistleblowers if they were unjustly terminated.

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Paul  Felix Schott
Paul Felix Schott

Hydraulic Fracturing a Danger to us All. Safe Drinking Water World Wide is Running OUT. Why would anyone think we have water to waste. Only the wicked in mind Leaders in this Nation and around the world would let anyone Pipe Pollution into the ground to get gas in return from the Ground. Most all scientist have know this for many years that this will end safe drinking water for all that are in the area of where they are fracturing, in which Millions of Gallons of Dangerous Poison Chemically Treated Water are forced underground to break up rock and free gas. We need regulations from GODLY People that will stop  10,000+ wells a year drilled using hydraulic fracturing to free and make the Dangerous Poison Chemicals underground into gas. The primarily affect will be unsafe drinking water and many will become sick. THE HEALTH OF MANY WILL DETERIORATE because of A Few Wicked Greedy Leaders. Those who have made these decisions do not know Jesus Christ. Soon He will say i know you not. They belong in jail soon it will be hell for them. What sick in mind would let or want anyone to put Dangerous Poison Chemicals underground or into the ground anywhere. The wicked are trying to sell and tell all if it is not near your home or land it is safe. This is the biggest ling of horse manure. Do they think most of  We The People are that dumb or that most Americans lack any intelligence at all. What ever is put on or in the ground makes it way to our underground Aquifers, Rivers, Lakes and the Oceans. Every Scientist on Earth knows this and most all that have made it to eighth grade in school. So why would any Leader with a good healthy mind ever say or want this? Vote any wicked that has anything to do with this out of office they work for WE THE PEOPLE. United We Stand In GOD We Trust The Lord's Little Helper Paul Felix Schott P.S. Wicked Leaders telling their friends as long as you can cover it up and it will not get back to me it is ok with me. Are you sure we will not go to jail for making money by Polluting the ground and water. Of course not we make the laws to fit our needs not the health and welfare of others or as they used to say We The People. Its now the Wicked Leaders and rich Rule. Till our Lord GOD comes! Solar Energy the way to go. Many States Are and are Banning Fracking.

Paul  Felix Schott
Paul Felix Schott

 Hydraulic Fracturing a Danger to us All. Safe Drinking Water World Wide is Running OUT. Why would anyone think we have water to waste. Only the wicked in mind Leaders in this Nation and around the world would let anyone Pipe Pollution into the ground to get gas in return from the Ground. Most all scientist have know this for many years that this will end safe drinking water for all that are in the area of where they are fracturing, in which Millions of Gallons of Dangerous Poison Chemically Treated Water are forced underground to break up rock and free gas. We need regulations from GODLY People that will stop  10,000+ wells a year drilled using hydraulic fracturing to free and make the Dangerous Poison Chemicals underground into gas. The primarily affect will be unsafe drinking water and many will become sick. THE HEALTH OF MANY WILL DETERIORATE because of A Few Wicked Greedy Leaders. Those who have made these decisions do not know Jesus Christ. Soon He will say i know you not. They belong in jail soon it will be hell for them. What sick in mind would let or want anyone to put Dangerous Poison Chemicals underground or into the ground anywhere. The wicked are trying to sell and tell all if it is not near your home or land it is safe. This is the biggest ling of horse manure. Do they think most of  We The People are that dumb or that most Americans lack any intelligence at all. What ever is put on or in the ground makes it way to our underground Aquifers, Rivers, Lakes and the Oceans. Every Scientist on Earth knows this and most all that have made it to eighth grade in school. So why would any Leader with a good healthy mind ever say or want this? Vote any wicked that has anything to do with this out of office they work for WE THE PEOPLE. United We Stand In GOD We Trust The Lord's Little Helper Paul Felix Schott P.S. Wicked Leaders telling their friends as long as you can cover it up and it will not get back to me it is ok with me. Are you sure we will not go to jail for making money by Polluting the ground and water. Of course not we make the laws to fit our needs not the health and welfare of others or as they used to say We The People. Its now the Wicked Leaders and rich Rule. Till our Lord GOD comes! Solar Energy the way to go. Many States Are and are Banning Fracking.

StedeBonnet
StedeBonnet

What a ridiculous premise. Fracking has been used since the 1940s, the chemicals used have been disclosed and no-one has shown any cause and effect that fracking and water well contamination are linked. When the real information doesn't fit the premise to ban fracking the extremists make up conspiracy theories that the policy makers are somehow hiding something. This is laughable.

Scooteranne
Scooteranne

StedeBonney, VERTICAL fracking has been around since the 1940s.  HORIZONTAL fracking was only started in the1990s.  There is a big difference.  Horizontal drilling uses a lot more chemicals, requires much greater pressure and uses millions of gallons of water, not thousands.  Get your facts right before you start attacking others for being 'extreme'.

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