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Hydraulic Fracturing Banned In Buffalo

Hydraulic Fracturing Banned In Buffalo

In a largely symbolic move, officials of the City of Buffalo, New York, voted unanimousy to ban the natural gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

The ordinance also bans storing, transferring, treating or disposing fracking waste within the city (Reuters).

The vote occurred on Tuesday, the same day the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency submitted a draft plan to study fracking’s dangerous effects on groundwater. Initial findings from the study are expected to be made public by the end of 2012.

Help stop groundwater pollution from fracking chemicals!

During the hydraulic fracturing process, “millions of gallons of water, sand and proprietary chemicals are injected, under high pressure, into a well. The pressure fractures the shale and props open fissures that enable natural gas to flow more freely out of the well” (Gasland).

As Care2′s Kristina Chew reported just days ago, environmentalists and regulators have become increasingly concerned that the fracking chemicals—including toluene, xylene and benzene, a carcinogen, which are all from diesel gas—are seeping out into underground sources of drinking water, in violation of the Safe Water Drinking Act

Currently, no companies have fracking operations in progress in Buffalo, and none are officially proposed. However, city officials fear that fracking waste water from nearby operations was reaching the city sewer system (Reuters).

Last month, 46 members of Congress wrote a letter in support of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s request that natural gas companies be required to disclose what chemicals they use during the fracking process, and many gas company investors have echoed this request.

Take Action: Help stop groundwater pollution from fracking chemicals!

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8:42PM PST on Feb 26, 2011

Have you seen the documentary on fracking? Every legislator, both state and federal, should be required to view it. In large swaths in the west, and beginning in the east, it has destroyed people's homes and lands, where they can't live there, nor sell. It has made their water undrinkable (an understatement, when water coming from fausets can be set afire). Wild animals have been killed by the water. Americans, who worked hard all their lives, have been ruined by these companies. It is shameful, and allowed to go on, because corporations rule.

1:26PM PST on Feb 13, 2011

signed, thank you

11:40AM PST on Feb 13, 2011

More information:
http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/uic/class2/hydraulicfracturing/index.cfm

9:05AM PST on Feb 13, 2011

Thank you, Beth. Signed and shared.

8:43AM PST on Feb 13, 2011

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6:33AM PST on Feb 13, 2011

Clean water is far more valuable than any natural gas or petroleum we drain from the Earth! Fracking should be against the law, period!

5:20PM PST on Feb 12, 2011

Great news! It does make me wonder if this is why the GOP is trying so hard to take away power from the EPA, which does not make any sense. We need clean water and air. I watched an episode of the Daily Show w/Jon Stewart when he had T. Boone Pickens as a guest. I was not surprised when Mr. Pickens lied to J.S that fracking was not harmful. People like him will buy out GOP Senators so they can continue to pollute the environment just so they can make a buck. Yet, he also announced his "success" in spreading his drilling method with China. Now that there is peak oil on the horizon, you can bet that the GOP will push real hard to stop these type of success story. Congratulations Buffalo, Texas can learn a thing or two from you.

4:32PM PST on Feb 12, 2011

Buffalo WTG! Don't let them frack you.

2:00PM PST on Feb 12, 2011

@ louis F.
Hi, I responded to your last comment but it came back (failure).
I had included the EPA link which would take about 4 or 5 lines in this format. As an alternative Google-search this heading, 11/09/2010: Eight of Nine US Companies Agree to Work with EPA. An up to date news regarding chemicals used in Natural Gas Extraction.

6:59AM PST on Feb 12, 2011

One down - let's start working on all the rest!

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