Letter to the Editor: Be careful what you ask for


I live in Norwich on South Broad Street and find Norwich the best city I have ever lived in, with its wonderful people, many events, low crime, and the surrounding farms and woods. I have followed the hydrofracking issues with a great concern. As a retired Vice President of Science and Regulatory Affairs (16 years) for the Hoechst Celanese Agricultural Division, I have a few comments to make.

I really agree with last week’s letter in The Evening Sun by Peter Hudiburg, however, consider the following regulatory matters:

The Safe Drinking Water Act- Hydraulic fracturing exempt oil/gas operations are exempt from runoff regulation.

Emergency Planning and Community Right to know Act- Oil gas exploration/development exempt from reporting in the Toxic Release Inventory.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act- Oil/gas field waste exempted from control.

For Source check internet “Bring Fracking to the Surface”


Keep in mind that some 12,000 to 100,000 gallons of water plus sand and chemicals are used and 37% re-emerge to be disposed of.

BENZINE- a known carcinogen (leukemia),damages the liver, central nervous system, causes fetus and genetic changes.

FORMALDEHYDE- a known carcinogen, a severe irritant and systemic poison.

HYDROCHLORIC ACID (HCL)- a strong acid, severely corrosive, strong irritant to eyes, skin, and lungs.

glutaraldehyde- effects seen in mice at 0.02PPB (billion), strong mutagen, irritant to skin, eyes and lungs.

METHANOL- highly toxic (1-2 mg/kg is lethal) and causes blindness at lower doses.

To check this and others check “The health Effects and other Hazards of Hydrofracking” by by T Shelly, 4/13/12, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse.

We use many of these chemicals in pesticides, but at pints/acre and have no exemptions which demonstrates what lobbying can do when lots of money is involved. I can assure you that I would not like to see truck loads of these things going down South Broad Street, even with my old company name on the truck, much less seeing the waste in pits or in our sewage plant or streams.

So be careful what you ask and vote for!

Don Lawatsch


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