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Job growth not worth fracking

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Lately, it seems that each day we are getting more information about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking.

This process by which toxic chemicals are used to break apart rock and release the natural gas contained within poses a critical threat to our drinking water and the scenery of New York and, according to some studies, may even cause earthquakes.

Of course, the gas companies are chomping at the bit to get started blasting away in western and upstate New York. I am for any project that will bring jobs to our state, but we do not know enough about the dangers of hydrofracking to use it.

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) has repeatedly called for a moratorium on this process, one which I believe must be implemented. A few years of job growth are not worth an eternity of ruined landscapes and poisoned drinking water.

Tammy Osherov

Fresh Meadows

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