The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes

Formed in 2010, our committee is committed to preserving the natural beauty and the purity of the water in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Its scenic lakes and majestic landscape make the region worth preserving for future generations while tourism and agriculture are the well-established foundation of its economy. We promote the region’s preservation by objectively identifying environmental and economic threats then informing and educating the general public, officials and administrators.

One potential threat to the pristine environment of the Finger Lakes region and its economy is the drilling of deep wells to extract natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale layers. The gas industry is working to obtain permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to allow companies to drill deep wells using a process called “high volume hydraulic fracturing.” Because of the chemicals used in the process, many of which are known carcinogens, and the unpredictability of the fracturing process, water and environmental pollution has occurred in other areas.

The highly hazardous products used to fracture Marcellus shale are clearly a danger to water resources in New York State. Contamination of the soil around a gas well can occur from accidental spills and leakage from the borehole itself, resulting in the toxic fluids seeping into water aquifers. Fluids recovered from the well are hazardous products and impossible to dispose of safely. Existing waste-water treatments on these fluids are not effective. New York State should prohibit the use of highly hazardous substances in gas well drilling.

Deep well drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale is not in the State’s overall economic interest. New York must ensure that people can count on clean, safe air and water now and for generations to come.

Our address is:
The Committee to Preserve the Finger Lakes
PO Box 505
Penn Yan, NY 14527-0505

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