Letter to the Editor: Don’t sell out New York to the oil & gas industry


My family lives in Norwich and Oxford, two of the communities in Chenango county rumored to be used as testing grounds for hydrofracking if Governor Cuomo allows the oil and gas industry into our Empire State.

My mom has COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. With only half the lung capacity, she will suffer even more from the air pollution from the natural gas extraction method.

I also have a niece starting college in Broome County this year. She would be driving on the same roads as the convoys of fracking trucks hauling millions of gallon of fresh or brine water and chemicals.

It is humiliating to keep begging and pleading with our elected officials such as Senator Tom Libous, after the science, data and earthquakes prove Hydrofracking is NOT a viable energy source for our towns, state or nation. Especially, now that the courts have awarded families in Pennsylvania $1.6 million for contaminated drinking wells, with more lawsuits to follow. Is this the future of NYS?

Senator James Seward stated, “we will ease into this.” Congressman Richard Hanna stated “he will base his decision on scientific data,” as our State’s Governor Cuomo.

To the Empire State’s elected officials, how do you ease into flowback waste, earthquakes and contamination of air, soil and water? You have enough hard evidence concerning fracking to ban it. If you sell out New York State to the oil and gas industry it will never be forgiven or forgotten when loved ones are involved.

Tammy Reiss


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