On July 10 there was an article in the Times-Herald Record by Steve Israel regarding New York’s fracking regulations.
Recent Governor Cuomo appointee Joe Martens, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, is quoted as saying, “I believe fracking can be done safely.” Regarding the ban in the Syracuse and NYC watersheds on the basis that they provide unfiltered water, Martens said, “These are very unique areas, and we’re recognizing them as such with a total ban.”
This raises the questions: If it is safe, why does it have to be banned in these areas? Should the rest of us install water filters? What type of filter is capable of removing harmful chemicals? Where can I get one?
Another question for Mr. Martens comes to mind. Have you considered the impact drilling will have on habitat?
A general question to our leaders: Are the majority of jobs created by drilling filled with locals or transients?
Timothy J. Manzolillo