NY Times asks questions about fracturing

The NY Times had an editorial about hydraulic fracturing last week.  At Congress’s request, the EPA is about to start a second study into the environmental and human health effects of the process, after its first investigation was criticized for being superficial and slanted-toward industry interests.  Hydraulic fracturing is an issue with very real impacts  for New York State, because of the interest in using the process to extract natural gases from the Marcellus Shale, which stretches from Pennsylvania to lower New York State.

The NY Times has taken the somewhat middle-ground position that while “carefully regulated” hydraulic fracturing should be permitted in the Marcellus Shale, the New York City watershed should be offlimits.  You can read the full article  (and form your own opinion!) at www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/opinion/21tue3.html?_r=3

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