Cancer Action NY Submits Comments on NYS DEC Proposed High Volume Hydraulic
Fracturing Regulations

“Shale gas extraction, shale oil extraction and tar sands exploitation
are heavily polluting activities that must be terminated.  The New
York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) should do
what it was created to do, protect the environment and public health.
DEC must prohibit shale gas extraction in New York State.”-Donald L.
Hassig

Cancer Action NY comments were submitted earlier today via DEC’s
online comment system.  These comments are provided below.

As a result of human activity dating from the late 1700s, the
environment of New York State has become heavily contaminated with a
considerable number of toxic substances, including:  lead, cadmium,
chromium, nickel, arsenic, mercury, fluoride, polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxins, furans, polybrominated diphenyl ethers
(PBDEs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Mirex, Toxaphene, DDT,
chlordane, hexachlorobenzene, hexachlorocyclohexane, endrin, eldrin,
dieldrin, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), benzene, formaldehyde,
nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and ozone.  Exposure to these toxic
substances has imposed a great quantity of disease burden upon the
residents of New York State.  The scientific research literature that
serves as a basis for these conclusions is vast and ever growing.

Shale gas extraction by any currently available technology including
high volume hydraulic fracturing will introduce a large quantity of
toxic substances into the environment of New York State.  Considering
the facts set forth above it is unacceptable for shale gas extraction
to take place in New York State.  This activity is unacceptable
because it will impose exposures to major quantities of toxic
substances upon people who are already receiving exposures that are
causing serious damages to health, including:  cardiovascular disease,
type 2 diabetes, cancer, asthma, neurological deficits, behavioral
disorders, mental illness and reproductive dysfunctions.  Poisoning
people who are very sick from having been poisoned too much already is
unacceptable.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) must
act upon its charge to protect the environment and the public health.
DEC must prohibit shale gas extraction in New York State.

DEC has failed to ban shale gas extraction because of the political
power of the oil and gas industry and the political power of those
corporations that choose to utilize natural gas.  DEC must overcome
its inclination to bow to the pressure of these corporate entities.
DEC must ban shale gas extraction now.

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