Pound Ridge, N.Y. – (2/23/12) – On Thursday, February 23rd, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) presented some of the potentially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing to the Pound Ridge community at the Croton Free Library. 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 Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to witness firsthand some of the deleterious effects the process has had on the county’s natural landscape.
“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,” Senator Ball told a packed room. “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.”
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.
“We can’t give a red-carpet welcome to an industry that is poorly understood and, currently, not properly regulated,” said Senator Ball.
“I thought the presentation was extremely informative,” said Pound Ridge resident Lucy Robin “It makes me want to do something to stop hydrofracking.”
“This is an issue that will not only will effect us today but it will effect our grandchildren. We are giving away our water which is not a renewable resource,” said Ruth Mendes. “I diametrically could not be more opposed politically but this issue goes past partisan divides. He is taking a very proactive position, which I greatly respect.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Brittany Oat (845) 200-9716.