Hydrofracking--Talking Points

Contact State officials and representatives demanding a ban on Hydrofracking in New York State. Below are some suggested points to include followed by contact information for officials:

1. With a failure rate of between 2 to 8 percent, horizontal drilling and hydrofracking pose an unacceptable risk to our drinking water and the quality of groundwater, aquifers, lakes and streams

2. Drilling will introduce over 250 chemicals into our air and water, placing local residents, wildlife, and critical agriculture and watershed areas at risk

3. Communities where hydrofracking has occurred have experienced explosions, fires, spills, stream contamination, and well pollution as well as degradation of aquifers and other water supplies

4. Local emergency services, including volunteer fire departments, EMS units, and healthcare providers, will be severely stressed and placed at considerable risk from accidents

5. Gas drilling in NYS will involve construction of a massive infrastructure of wellheads, pipelines, compressing stations, and processing centers spread across much of rural upstate NY

6. Infrastructure development will involve extensive clearcutting, 24-hour noise and light pollution, huge increases of truck traffic, and the permanent altering of existing landscapes

7. Industrialization is incompatible with agriculture, tourism, recreation; drilling and related development will significantly alter existing use patterns of rural area

8. Compulsory integration of neighboring landowners to allow gas extraction against their wishes is an unlawful seizure of land and an unconstitutional abuse of power

9. Extensive drilling will undermine property values and increase tax burdens on local citizens, creating boom and bust economic cycles in local communities

10. NYC's Dept. of Environmental Protection has concluded that hydrofracking is too dangerous for the city's Catskill/Delaware watershed

11. NYS DEC's draft Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) is fatally flawed in its open support of drilling, its minimization and dismissal of risks, and its failure to consider the total cost of drilling

12. NYS DEC is seriously understaffed and underfunded, and is in no position to regulate and effectively monitor drilling in NYS, and

13. Natural gas is not "clean energy" but rather just another polluting, non-renewable fossil fuel contributing to global warming

We call on you to put the people first and protect our health, environment, communities, and future by banning horizontal drilling and hydrofracking to release gas from low-permeable stone formations in New York State.

Governor David Paterson – (518) 474-8390 or (315) 428-4337
Executive Chambers, State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224

Department of Environmental Conservation – (518) 402-8000
Attn: dSGEIS Comments
Bureau of Oil and Gas Regulation, NYS DEC Division of Mineral Resources
625 Broadway, Third Floor
Albany, NY 12233-6500

NYS Senate
49th District – David J. Valesky (315) 478-8745 (518) 455-2838
State Office Building, Room 805
333 East Washington Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

50th District – John A. DeFrancisco (315) 428-7632 (518) 455-3511
State Office Building, room 800
333 East Washington Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

NYS Assembly
119th District – Joan K. Christensen (315) 449-9536 (518) 455-5383
4317 East Genesee Street, Room 103
Syracuse, NY 13214

120th District – William B. Magnarelli (315) 428-9651 (518) 455-4826
State Office Building, Room 840
333 East Washington Street
Syracuse, NY 13202