” In a surprise decision to many, Governor Cuomo has decided against hydrualic fracturing (fracking) in the state of New York. The decision has been approximately six years in the making, as detailed in our prior blogs
Governor Cuomo agreed with New York’s acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, who concluded that fracking has a potential widespread negative impact, prospects that are uncertain at best and economic advantages which are now far lower that originally anticipated. Dr Zucker continued by saying that he considered the people of New York to be his patients and that “We cannot afford to make a mistake. The potential risks are too great. In fact, they are not fully known.” Governor Cuomo stated, “I think it’s our responsibility to develop an alternative… for safe, clean economic development.” Although it appears that Governor Cuomo intentionally delayed promulgating his decision until after the recent elections, it is welcomed decision by many, both parties alike.
Perhaps the prevailing factor in this decision was of an economic nature. Recently, Arab countries jointly decided against cutting oil production in order to drive the falling prices of oil upward. This decision, although uncharacteristic in nature, was a well thought out and clever decision. Fracking is an expensive process that reportedly cost an estimated $75 per barrel for oil to produce. Now that oil is just under $60 per barrel on the market, fracking is quickly becoming cost ineffective. If oil prices continue to fall, we will likely see many of the approximate 35 states that currently allow fracking, follow in New York State’s path.
It would appear that the maxim “Half a loaf of bread is better than none,” still rings true today. It unfortunately also appears to still ring true, that money is always the bottom line in all major governmental decisions. Fracking adversaries can at least seek comfort in the end result of governor cuomo’s decision. ”
Sources and more information
New York Says No Fracking Way!, liattorney, 12/18/2014.
Strong evidence of decreased semen quality in men, higher miscarriages in women and increased risk of birth defects in children, due to chemicals released from fracking
Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations release large amounts of reproductive, immunological, and neurological toxicants, carcinogens as well as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) into the environment that may negatively affect human health. Studies show that humans can be harmed by these chemicals released from fracking ; there is strong evidence of decreased semen quality in men, higher miscarriages in women and increased risk of birth defects in children.
Unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations have the potential to increase air and water pollution in communities located near UOG operations. Every stage of UOG operation from well construction to extraction, operations, transportation, and distribution can lead to air and water contamination. Hundreds of chemicals are associated with the process of unconventional oil and natural gas production. In this work, we review the scientific literature providing evidence that adult and early life exposure to chemicals associated with UOG operations can result in adverse reproductive health and developmental effects in humans. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) [including benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylene (BTEX) and formaldehyde] and heavy metals (including arsenic, cadmium and lead) are just a few of the known contributors to reduced air and water quality that pose a threat to human developmental and reproductive health. The developing fetus is particularly sensitive to environmental factors, which include air and water pollution. Research shows that there are critical windows of vulnerability during prenatal and early postnatal development, during which chemical exposures can cause potentially permanent damage to the growing embryo and fetus. Many of the air and water pollutants found near UOG operation sites are recognized as being developmental and reproductive toxicants; therefore there is a compelling need to increase our knowledge of the potential health consequences for adults, infants, and children from these chemicals through rapid and thorough health research investigation.
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Developmental and reproductive effects of chemicals associated with unconventional oil and natural gas operations, degruyter, Reviews on Environmental Health. Volume 29, Issue 4, Pages 307–318, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2014-0057, December 2014. Full text PDF link and download.
Fracking Chemicals Linked to Serious Reproductive, Developmental Health Risks, ceh, DECEMBER 5, 2014.
Miscarriage and stillbirth linked to fracking chemical exposure, theecologist, 15th December 2014.
Chemicals Released During Natural Gas Extraction May Harm Human Reproduction and Development, missouri.edu, Dec. 05, 2014.
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#RethinkthePink: Stop Companies Profiting Off Your Charity While Breast Cancer Still Kills, Mamavation, September 30, 2014.