Hydraulic “Fracking” Issue

Hydraulic "Fracking" Issue

Municipality Draft Resolution

Press Release -- Three Municipalities Pass Resolutions

Press Release -- Draft Press Release

Recent Articles About the Dangers of "Fracking"

AP File Photo In this April 23, 2010 file photo, workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County.


Description: http://proriverview.org/Fracking/fracking.jpg Letter to the Editor
‘Fracking’ remains dangerous practice

The Express-Times, the Sierra Club and others deserve credit for focusing attention on the dangerous practice of extracting underground natural gas by high-pressure introduction of water and chemicals, known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Using natural gas extracted from the ground may make sense if done safely. The practice, however, is dangerous. Documented proof shows many chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing have adverse health and environmental impacts. It doesn’t make sense allowing oil and gas companies to chase profit while exposing us to risks from known carcinogens during well development and gas extraction.

The oil and gas industry is one of the only industries allowed to inject dangerous chemicals in and around underground drinking water supplies and pump methane into the air without federal oversight; and is not required to publicly disclose dangerous chemical formulas used in their process.

Congratulations to Holland, Byrum and Bethlehem townships in New Jersey for passing resolutions to prevent “fracking.” Each municipality in the Delaware River Watershed should take action, pass similar resolutions and create a moratorium until more is learned after the federal government completes a study in 2012. Contact the Sierra Club or the Phillipsburg Riverview Organization for a copy of a draft resolution.

Citizens can call and urge local officials to pass a resolution to prevent “fracking” until more is learned. I think the big companies can wait until the federal study is complete in 2012 before earning their millions. We should not wait any longer, however, to protect our children and natural resources.

BARRY GLASSMAN
Vice Chairman
Phillipsburg Riverview Organization

Recent Articles About the Dangers of "Fracking"

Fracking for Natural Gas With Diesel Violated Law, EPA Says
By MIKE SORAGHAN of Greenwire
Published: April 13, 2011 in the New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/04/13/13greenwire-fracking-for-natural-gas-with-diesel-violated-81979.html

Senators Question Safety of Water Used in Gas Drilling
By ROBBIE BROWN
Published: April 12, 2011 in the New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/us/politics/13gas.html

Studies Say Natural Gas Has Its Own Environmental Problems
By TOM ZELLER Jr.
Published: April 11, 2011 in the New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/business/energy-environment/12gas.html?_r=1&ref=politics

Shale gas pollutes more than coal, study finds
By Daniel Trotta (Reuters)
NEW YORK | Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:09pm EDT
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/12/us-energy-shalegas-idUSTRE73B5Y520110412

Could Shale Gas Power the World?
By Bryan Walsh Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011 (Time Magazine)
http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2062331,00.html

Fracking Rush Out Of Control As Congress Stalls
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
by David Lillard
http://njtoday.net/2011/04/06/fracking-rush-out-of-control-as-congress-stalls/

Why we need to study first and drill when it's safe
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 12:00 am
By Elizabeth Tatham
Guest Columnist Calkins Media, Inc.
http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/the_intelligencer_news/opinion/guest/why-we-need-to-study-first-and-drill-when-it/article_fe3a9e92-ed32-5a0f-bb0c-2ac3ef081019.html

Environmentalists Urge Christie to Back the Ban on "Fracking"
Conservation groups want to see moratorium extended on use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas
By Tom Johnson, April 12 in Energy & Environment
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/11/0411/2224/

Environmentalists collect 30,000 public comments opposing 'fracking'-style drilling in Delaware River Basin
Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 9:41 PM
By The Associated Press
The Star-Ledger
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/04/environmentalists_collect_3000.html

Delaware River Basin gas drilling through 'fracking' process draws criticism
Published: Sunday, March 27, 2011, 12:16 PM
By Matt Fair/The Times, Trenton
(Editor’s note: First of two parts.)
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2011/03/rift_over_gas_drilling_roils_w.html

Lawmakers seek to ban ‘fracking’
Published: Monday, March 28, 2011, 6:00 AM
By Matt Fair/The Times, Trenton
Editor’s note: Second in a two-part series.
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2011/03/lawmakers_seek_to_ban_fracking.html

Editorial: Delaware River Basin natural gas drilling through 'fracking' needs strict monitoring
Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 8:41 AM
By Times of Trenton Editorial Board
http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2011/03/editorial_delaware_river_basin.html