Fracking Protest Today
by Geoff Kelly - posted 10:09 am, December 9, 2010
This afternoon the organizers of Frack Action Buffalo will protest the practice of hydraulic fracturing in drilling for natural gas. They’ll picket the downtown Buffalo offices of national Fuel (409 Main Street) beginning at 4pm.
Governor David Paterson has on his desk a bill passed by both the assembly and the State Senate, which would impose a temporary moratorium on deep well horizontal hydraulic fracturing, pending further environmental review. Activists and homeowners near gas wells have blamed the fracking for contaminating their water supplies.
Meantime, ProPublica has obtained two reports that will be delivered next month to the Delaware River Basin Commission, a federal agency with regulatory oversight in parts of New York and Pennsylvania that comprise the long ribbon of Marcellus Shale that gas companies are eager to exploit, using deep well horizontal fracking. The reports were prepared by Damascus Citizens for Sustainability Inc. and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and they enumerate the environmental hazards of fracking and gas exploration.