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Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.  – (2/11/12) – On Saturday, February 9th, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) presented some of the potentially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing – an effort to educate the public on some of the consequences of this practice for New York State.  Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as hydrofracking or fracking, is the process of extracting natural gas from gas shale deposits.

Back in August, Senator Ball toured Bradford County, Pennsylvania to witness firsthand some of the deleterious effects the process has had on the county’s natural landscape.

Now, Senator Ball is urging his colleagues in the Senate to take a similar tour of areas polluted by fracking before they consider allowing this industry to move in on New York State.

At the event, Senator Ball provided the residents of Croton with photos of contaminated springs, wells, and other affected areas.

“We can’t give a red carpet welcome to an industry that is poorly understood and, currently, not properly regulated,” said Senator Ball. “In Dimock, P.A., I visited families who had their drinking water contaminated with the toxic concoction natural gas companies use and who saw the values of their homes drop by 90 percent. I am working diligently to make sure the public becomes both aware and educated on the potential effects of fracking and the proper regulations are put in place to prevent big gas companies from devastating our homes and landscapes.”

Croton-on-Hudson’s Mayor, Leo Wiegman said, “The Senator clearly presented a lot of the facts and figures. He told some of the human stories, which I think was very important to get out, about what goes wrong and what can go wrong, and it’s important to get that word out.”

“He was very thorough. I was pleasantly surprised. He was prepared to give a complete presentation about the problem with background information,” Christina Martinez of Montrose said. “It makes me feel very comforted to know that he apparently is a very honest politician. I’m glad I came.”

For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Brittany Oat (845) 200-9716.