Berlin wrote:somtimes people like to take a side on an issue because of an anticipated adverse effect that could create a problem for them. but i think it's important to concentrate on the "adverse effect" rather than automatically prohibiting the potentially beneficial behavior that MAY cause the adverse effect. Quite simply, if you have concerns about "fracking" affecting your well water, you should have two serious questions: 1. What protections are the drillers going to put in place to reduce/eliminate well contamination? 2. If those protections fail, and my well develops a problem, what system will be put in place to fully cover the drilling/associated costs of new well etc.?
NYS needs 1. Jobs 2. Cheap/local natural gas 3. clean well water <----concentrate on what will achieve these things, don't just jump on one bandwagon or another and be "for" or "against" without looking at things rationally.
I agree but this is where my concern comes in. When they did a news article on the situation, the article cited a guy who's well water was ok before they started fracking near him. After they drilled, he was able to actually ignite the water coming out of his faucet with a match. The drilling company denied any connection or responsibility. Seems like there's a connection to me. After all, the design is supposed to do just that, free up little bubbles of gas and create paths for them to migrate upwards to be collected by the perforated well casing. Is it so hard to understand that some of this gas may migrate into water veins and then into water wells?