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Enact a Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing in the Town of Sparta

There is a lot of information about Hydraulic Fracturing out there, but not many studies done conclusively on its effects to the environment. There have been significant numbers (nearing 1000) of well contamination near fracking well sites where none were before. Incidences have occurred in several states. This practice is a combination of technologies that have been used before alone, but not in concert. At this point it is unknown what chemicals will be used in the 'slick water' used to frack these horizontal wells. Conventional wells have used water and sand, but not horizontally and not with such an enormous amount of water or chemicals. Cabot Energy admitted fault in their wells in Pennsylvania by awarding settlements and water filters (which don't work) to plaintiffs in a law suit against them. Disputes like this are important and could be repeated across NYS. Until we have CONCLUSIVE studies on the impacts on our clean air and water and until the EPA has been allowed to conduct a full study and enact NATIONAL regulations, we should have a Moratorium on this practice.

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