I agree with the recent writer who urged the North Fork to get the facts on fracking before opposing fracking for natural gas in our valley. A good place to start is on the Internet by doing a Google search on "fracking dangers."
Once you scroll down through the gas industry paid cites, you come to thousands of cites to "non-industry" articles outlining the monumental danger fracking can cause to the air, water, land and the humans, like us, who inhabit this land. You will find credible articles reporting damage to drinking water sources, seismic activity created by fracking causing earthquakes, air pollution from fracking chemicals creating greater risks of serious health problems and many other bad outcomes. And remember, the reports of this damage deals only with what has happened up to now. Who really knows what calamitous fracking effects are in store for future generations when the earth begins to fight back against the chemicals being forced into it at tremendous pressure?
But back to the present. Then compare those independent articles to the numerous articles written by the gas industry or people hired by them saying that fracking is safe as apple pie. Keep in mind as you analyze the divergent conclusions that the gas industry is making billions from drilling wells all over the United States. There is so much gas being produced in our country that we are building export terminals so that Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) can be exported to Asia and other international destinations. Plus in Asia, they pay four times as much for the American gas as we have had to pay so far.
The real question, based on the conflict between "facts" produced by the gas industry and those produced by independent sources, is do we want to take a chance on having any of the disastrous fracking results reported in communities across the United States occur here in the North Fork? What is the acceptable level of risk for you? What will you personally gain? What could you lose? Check out the facts, evaluate the source of the facts and then make up your own mind. If you are looking for a compromise, check out the North Fork Alternative Plan that seeks to allow fracking in certain areas yet protects the current agricultural, coal and tourist economy by designating certain areas where gas exploration and fracking are prohibited.