Letter: Hydrofracking is a Downstate Issue, Too

A hydrofracking projec tin the Bakken Shale | Joshua Doubek photo for Wikimedia Commons
A hydrofracking project in the Bakken Shale | Joshua Doubek photo for Wikimedia Commons

To the Editor,

We are concerned that the danger of unregulated shale gas hydrofracking will destroy New York State’s water supply for generations to come. The health cost and environmental damage associated with this process will greatly outweigh the short-term money made.

These concerns are generally viewed as an upstate problem, but it will also affect downstate water supplies.

In addition, shale-gas industry executives have already expressed their desire to dispose of the shale gas wastewater at Long island wastewater treatment plants. The plants have no way to eliminate the chemicals from the fracking waste mix. Each fracking site uses nine to 12 million gallons of the companies’ proprietary chemical mix each time the shale is fractured.

This fracturing will occur three or five times for each site, multiplied by hundreds of potential sites in New York State. Granted, most Long Island treatment plants are up island, but this proposed dumping will affect Long Island Sound where we live in Southold and Riverhead as well.

The devastation of public and leased private lands, and the depletion and contamination of water supplies are not a legacy that we want to leave to future generations. Please consider the impact on the environment and aquifers if we condone the use of any land by industry’s intrusive hydrofracturing operations.

The loss of potable water will ruin the economy and viability of any community and those other parts of New York State that depend on it. Fresh water is a valuable commodity and, once tainted, is not replaceable.

It’s the job of our government representatives to be vigilant on behalf of we the citizens. It is our job as citizens to let them know our concerns. Please write to the people you voted for to represent you.

Respectfully yours,

Rick & Linda Kedenburg
Peconic NY

 

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Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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