SUPPORT COUNCILMAN GENNARO TO STOP ‘FRACKING’
I completely support Councilman James Gennaro’s opposition to the policy of fracking. What is “fracking”? When there is oil and gas buried embedded in shale deep underground, “hydraulic fracturing”, or fracking, is the process in which water, sand and “additives” are pumped under great pressure into the area. This somehow loosens the shale and allows the oil and gas to flow. Big energy corporations, who stand to make great profits, claim the process is safe with only a slight chance of any problems.
There have already been instances of communities whose water supply has been ruined risking the health of the families and the children as well as destroying the property values.
The supporters of fracking claim that there is ‘slight risk’ of any damage to the water supply. However, ‘slight risk’ are same words that the big oil corporations used to describe the risk for Deepwater drilling in Gulf of Mexico- until the Blowout Protector blew out killing eleven people and spilling all that oil into the Gulf.
Councilman Gennaro has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Science. Additionally, he is the head of the Committee on Environmental Protection. We wholeheartedly support his efforts to stop the dangerous practice in New York or any other state. I feel we must all give him our full support on this issue.