VIDEO: New York State: To frack or not to frack?

That is the question

March 26, 2012

New York State, to frack or not to frack? That is the question. A husband and wife anti-fracking activist team, Doug and Patty Wood, have an answer. They want the people of New York State to send one million fracking letters to the governor to persuade him not to approve tentative plans to give oil companies the go ahead to frack in upstate New York.

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Nick says:

Fracking – although a very contentious area of debate; not only in New York State, but throughout the country is NOT the devil. Your friendly next door wastewater treatment plant which allows you to ever so conveniently forget about the waste you flush provides much more environmental harm than any fracking operation ever will. Wastewater is not only killing off entire groups of species such as freshwater mollusks due to high levels of contaminants such as ammonia, but altering the gender of populations of stream organisms through indocrine disruptors.

Sure, fracking has it’s issues, but I think that in general if you’re going to expend the time and energy to fight for a cause – the energy independence of the United States shouldn’t be one of them. There are far more pressing issues at hand. Just a couple thoughts from someone a touch more enlighted about ecological issues being debated. Lets please not forget about those things that are RIGHT under your nose.

Dear Nick,

Thanks for watching and commenting, it is always a pleasure to hear from the “enlightened” audience. You are right that there may be other issues that are more important than fracking. That however doesn’t take away from the importance of the fracking debate. It is a legitimately contentious method of natural gas exploration. But really, this video was meant to be a profile of a husband and wife anti-fracking activist team, rather than an argument for or against fracking.

If waste water is your topic on conversation – stay tuned – there will eventually be an article and video about the environmental health of the Chicago RIver, which is greatly impacted by waste water.

Cheers, Benjamin

Precious says:

Call me wind because I am abolultesy blown away.

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