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Earlier in the week, residents of New York rallied against the possibility of Governor Andrew Cuomo lifting the moratorium on drilling new wells for the extraction of natural gas using a process called “fracking.”

Fracking is an extremely controversial method of natural gas extraction, given the inherent dangers of pumping freshwater combined with chemicals into shale formations, and the health and environmental hazards that it creates. Fracking has been linked to diseases in people living around the site, likely due to the chemically-contaminated water.

Further, the chemicals used contaminate the land, presenting a situation where crops and animals that feed off the land could become contaminated as well. Finally, fracking wastes millions of gallons of freshwater, and according to a University of Texas at Austin study, fracking can cause tremors and earthquakes.

With the risks associated with fracking, it is difficult to find reason why it would be considered a viable option for natural gas extraction. However, one must remember that there are powerful vested interests in the fracking business which aim to increase the use of fracking.

Fracking is a cheaper alternative to natural gas extraction, which is why many support it, but the priorities of fracking supporters must be questioned. When a decision is made to exploit the short-term benefits of natural gas and ignore the long-term fallout of a destroyed ecosystem and sick residents, it is extremely alarming.

It is imperative that fracking does not increase in its use, but rather decreases and ends all together. It really doesn’t matter what side anyone is on regarding the use of natural gas, but it must be agreed upon that there can no longer be a political and business environment where those who succeed are doing so by literally sacrificing those they are supposed to benefit. Good luck, New York. Let’s hope that fracking won’t have the chance to destroy the state.

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