Current News

On this page, you will find synopses of articles relating to hydrofracking and links to the articles as well as news from us. The newest articles are at the top, and we will be adding more whenever we see something to tell you about. There is something about hydrofracking in the news almost every day, though. The New York Times can be a great source for hydrofracking news!

 

September 2o12

This is an Op-Ed written by Sean Lennon (John Lennon’s son) in August for the New York Times.  Sean Lennon describes his personal experience discovering hydrofracking, explains what’s wrong with it in simple terms, and gives his own opinions on the topic. It’s a fairly short and very interesting article, so take a moment to read it. View the Op-Ed article here: http://nyti.ms/QoQOlX.

 

July 2012

Gasland creator, Josh Fox’s next documentary is expected to come out soon. In the mean time, Fox released a video warning people about NYS Governor Cuomo’s plan to allow horizontal drilling in five counties throughout the state. View it here.

THE SKY IS PINK by Josh Fox and the GASLAND Team from JFOX on Vimeo.

You can also check out Josh Fox’s Blog post about it here.

 

9/29/11: An update from Think Before You Frack’s Student Webmaster:

A recent New York Times article discusses the current controversy over hydraulic fracturing in Upstate New York. While hydrofracking could create tens of thousands of jobs in New York and bring in tens to hundreds of millions of dollars for the state, landowners near the Marcellus Shale still oppose (and so do we). Upstate Landowners do not want their calm rural area to become more industrial, bringing more truck traffic, and numerous problems. If you have seen the About Hydrofracking page you know what hydrofracking can do to someone’s health. “The state, which released its draft document in July, is proposing to ban hydrofracking in watersheds and aquifers supplying drinking water to most New Yorkers and in other sensitive areas. But it would allow tens of thousands of wells in more than a dozen counties that sit on the rich natural gas field known as the Marcellus Shale” (Quoted from New York Times Article linked earlier in this paragraph, by Mireya Navarro. It is certainly a good thing to hear that the state wants to ban hydrofracking in watersheds, however that will not eliminate all of the damage of hydrofracking. This process DOES NOT ONLY HARM OUR WATER. The air we breathe will still be at risk, some of the methane released will help increase global warming, and they will still be releasing known carcinogens. The article stated that the public has until December to give their input and there will be a public hearing in NYC and in three other places in the state in November. PLEASE, go to one not too far from where you live and voice your opinion. Your opinion can help save lives!!!

 

THERE IS A LOT GOING ON ABOUT HYDROFRACKING NOW, ESPECIALLY IN NEW YORK STATE. WE ARE UNABLE TO UPDATE THE SITE FREQUENTLY ENOUGH TO KEEP YOU 100% UP TO DATE, UNFORTUNATELY. THE BEST SOURCE TO STAY COMPLETELY UP TO DATE IS THE NEW YORK TIMES. OTHER SOURCES FOR INFORMATION MAY BE ANY NEW YORK NEWSPAPER (i.e. The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, and many others), ANY NEWS CHANNEL ON TV, OR GOVERNOR CUOMO’S WEBSITE, THE DEC’S WEBSITE AND THE DEPS’ WEBSITE. **Please note that this does not mean we will not update you, however we are not able to update you nearly as often as something worth knowing comes up.**

NY State Assembly Passed A Hydrofracking Moratorium Bill!!! (6/14/11)

We apologize for bringing you this news with some delay, but still wanted to inform you. The bill states that no drilling permits for hydrofracking will be issued until June 1st, 2012. The Moratorium is not in effect yet, as we are pending approval (and hopefully not disapproval) from the NY State Senate and Governor Cuomo. You may be able to learn more here. Don’t just sit there happy that the assembly passed the bill, IF YOU WANT ACTION, TAKE ACTION! It will only take a couple minutes to call up Governor Cuomo’s office or your legislator’s office to tell them to pass the bill! Click here for help finding out how to contact your local officials.

FRACKING EMERGENCY IN PENNSYLVAINA!!

Article: Pennsylvania Fracking Accident: What Went Wrong (By Seamus McGraw)

Published: April 21st, 2011

Tuesday afternoon/evening, a fracking accident occurred in Pennsylvania. Much of the waste water and fracking fluid from a well erupted and came back up. Luckily, no methane was released. There were, however, numerous known and/or suspected carcinogenic chemicals in the fluid. “If initial estimates are accurate, it would make Wednesday’s incident the most serious fracking accident in the history of Marcellus Shale development” (McGraw).

Click here to read more at www.popularmechanics.com… Or watch the newscast below.

Newscast Video: (from http://www.wnep.com/videobeta/)

SAY NO TO FRACKING AND PREVENT A REPETITION OF THIS TRAGIC EVENT! CONTACT LEGISLATORS AND OTHER LOCAL OFFICIALS TODAY!

WWS Video for Earth Day! Check it out here!

MONDAY APRIL 11TH 2011: RALLY AGAINST HYDROFRACKING IN ALBANY, NY

MEMBERS OF THE THINK BEFORE YOU FRACK TEAM WILL BE IN ALBANY, NY ON MONDAY FOR A RALLY! YOU WILL SEE US PASSING OUT FLYERS ABOUT OUR WEBSITE “NY TEENS SAY THINK BEFORE YOU FRACK!!” LETS HOPE THIS RALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE AND SAVES OUR AMAZING, CLEAN NEW YORK WATER!!!

Think Before You Frack Team Visits the DEP

Published: 4/5/11

The Think Before You Frack Team’s Katherine, Kajah and Maite, along with our teacher, Mrs. Herzog, recently visited the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s offices to discuss hydrofracking with the DEP’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Richard Muller.

Source: Think Before You Frack

Read: http://www.thinkbeforeyoufrack.org/visiting-the-new-york-city-dep/

Tell the NYS Legislature and Governor NOT to Pass the Water Bill for Frackers

4/4/11

The New York State Legislature is planning on passing bill number A5318A/S3798. This bill will allow gas companies to withdraw more than 100,000 gallons of water a day without permits. If this bill becomes a law, gas companies using the hydraulic fracturing method, which uses millions of gallons of water just for one well, will have access lakes, streams, and other New York State water sources.

If you would like to do something about this bill, you can contact these people:

New York State Ban on Hydrofracking Comes to An End

3/20/11

In June, New York’s ban on natural gas drilling is going to end. The ban prohibits both horizontal and vertical drilling in the Marcellus Shale and New York State is only state to ban hydrofracking. Proposed natural gas drilling could create over 5,000 jobs. The New York Post thinks that Governor Andrew Cuomo should lift the ban in July when it expires.

Source: The New York Post

Read: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/frack_baby_frack_oUJ3F1ESRxmBAxrPq1L6hL

THIS FRIDAY!! “SAME RIVER” PERFORMANCE ABOUT HYDROFRACKING!

News from the Think Before You Frack Team, posted on 2/23/11

This performance, on 46th street in NYC is about hydrofracking and its effects on NYC. Want more info or to know where to go and how to make a reservation? Go to this link: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=smv4ffcab&v=001QhuZciaLI3WEy4uhQOfPFKFvs2OXSMJDFLbU_fl7hM3NXZRMJ3cI7PLVkSlYfqYtlcWYzAfHpznFokJVCWfVPGcR28nTiOv8mG9wlw48LUcz3ptYM1zf3bWfSaJ1q5YC

We found out about this show from our teacher and found out more from the website.

**Natural Gas and Clean Water**

Author Unknown

3/22/11

THE NEW YORK TIMES AGREES WITH US!!! THINK BEFORE YOU FRACK!! This New York Times editorial, published online on March 22nd, and put in print on March 23rd, is basically a brief explanation of what hydrofracking is and why it can be a problem. The editorial states some true and important facts about hydrofracking, as well as some opinions on it. Among other things, the editorial mentions that hydrofracking should not be permitted in our watersheds and should be strictly regulated everywhere else; this sounds like a pretty good solution to the problem.

Source: The New York Times

Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/opinion/23wed2.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

Visiting Senator Tom Duane’s Office

Maite, Kyjah, and Katherine (last names cannot be disclosed)

3/17/11

The article that can be found on the thinkbeforeyoufrack.org site shares the experience of three NYCiSchool students who visited Senator Tom Duane’s office to get different stances on the hydrofracking debate. According to the article, senator Tom Duane is against hydrofracking and believes that the Environmental Protection Agency should regulate and try to prevent hydrofracking. Hydrofracking is still something that can be prevented if enough is done to get the voices of the public out there.

Source: Think Before You Frack

Read: http://www.thinkbeforeyoufrack.org/current-news/visiting-laura-morison/

 

Stop The Fracking

Recent, exact date not known.

Author name not disclosed.

A NYCiSchool student wrote an article about how she feels about hydrofracking and what it was and what harm it is doing. She also talked about the fact that the people who work in the hydrofracking industry should take some time to see what it’s really doing and if there are any solutions, she asks to think about the future and how it would look and be like if hydraulic fracturing would not stop.

Source: Our classmate, teenink.com

Read: http://www.teenink.com/opinion/current_events_politics/article/302250/Stop-the-fracking/

Is Wastewater Really Being Recycled in Hydrofracking Procedures?

3/3/11

Ian Urbina

The latest New York Times article posted by Ian Urbina focuses on claims made by gas companies that wastewater is being recycled in hydraulic fracturing procedures. It has even been described by one drilling company as a “Win-win.” The article then goes on to state that natural gas companies in Pennsylvania have only reused less than half of the wastewater they’ve accumulated over the past 18 months. The wastewater can result in salty water or sludge filled with radioactive contaminants that are being sold rather being disposed of and used to de-ice during the winter. The wastewater can run off into our water supply after rain or snow melts.

Source: The New York Times

Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/us/02gas.html?_r=1&scp=13&sq=hydro%20fracking&st=cse

Pressure Limits Efforts to Police Drilling for Gas

3/3/11

Ian Urbina

Hydraulic fracturing continues to come under fire in the latest article about the drilling for natural gas titled “Pressure Limits Effort to Police Drilling for Gas.” The article written by Ian Urbina, discusses how studies by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) are narrowed to avoid certain regulations.  The EPA is about to undergo a broad new study sometime next year about the risks or natural gas drilling and many scientists and lawyers at the E.P.A are concerned with whether the agency will drop some plans within the study. History shows that E.P.A. has done so in the past, and have recently dropped plans of researching radioactivity in drilling wastewater being discharged by treatment plants into rivers in the upcoming study.

Source: The New York Times

Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/us/04gas.html

 

Natural Gas: It’s Not Easy Being Green

2/1/11

The debate over natural gas has begun, and according to the article by The New York Times, many people are beginning to question exactly how clean natural gas really is. In the article written by Tom Zeller, it has been reported that emissions from natural gas may be at least 25% less than coal. The article also exposes the gas industry for lying about its usage of diesel fuel during fracturing operations, stating that the amount of diesel fuels that has been used in the process of hydraulic fracturing between 2005 and 2009 is around 32.2 million gallons. Congressional democrats are also looking for answers from the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the safety of hydraulic fracturing.

Source: The New York Times

Read: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/natural-gas-its-not-easy-being-green/

E.P.A. to Study Chemicals Used to Tap Natural Gas

9/9/11

Tom Zeller Jr.

The Environmental Protection Agency sent letters to nine drilling companies on Thursday requesting detailed information about the chemicals contained in fluids used to crack open underground rock formations in the hunt for oil and natural gas. The New York State Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would block natural gas exploration using hydraulic fracturing until early next year, to allow for closer examination of its effects. The State Assembly is expected to take up the matter later this month.

Source: The New York Times

Read: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/business/energy-environment/10hydraulic.html

We have found lots of interisting articles from the New York Times (that’s where most of these are from)! Go to this link to look at more New York Times articles about hydrofracking: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/us/series/drilling_down/index.html?scp=2&sq=hydrofracking&st=cse

Questions about this page or any of the articles? Email us at news@thinkbeforeyoufrack.org.

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