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Halliburton Loophole

"Father of Fracking"
George Mitchell
concerns over environmental
impacts of fracking

History of Fracking
Only a new technology

USA Fracking Stories

A Texan tragedy

Gas injection may have triggered earthquakes in Texas

California Lags in Fracking Regulations

All In for California Water

Fracking in Michigan

Fracking in Michigan Potential Impact on Health, Environment, Economy

Hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale

Methane Gas from Marcellus Shale Drilling

Marcellus Shale Gas Economics

Health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling

Pennsylvania Fracking

Fracking in Virginia

Lesson From Wyoming Fracking

Water Pollution from Fracking

Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Substantial Water Pollution Risks

Methane in drinking water wells

Abandoned gas wells leak

Natural Gas Leaks Discovered in Boston

Methane Leaks Under Streets of Boston

Methane leaks make fracking dirty

Fracking effects real estate values

Fracking stimulates earthquakes

Protecting Gas Pipelines From Earthquakes

Gas Pipeline Earthquake - Simulations

America's crumbling pipelines

Averting Pipeline Failures

Dangers to Underground Pipelines

Gas Pipelines Could Serve as Wireless Links

Government Action needed on a National Energy Policy

EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study

Solar Booster Shot for Natural Gas Power Plants

Natural Gas Pricing Reform to Facilitate Carbon Tax Policy

Investing in fracking

What Oil Prices Have in Store?

Methane Out, Carbon Dioxide In

Health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling

Professor Ingraffea

Anti-Fracking Billboard

Natural Gas Drilling

Threats to Biodiversity

Pronghorn Migration
hindered by gas development

Microbes in a Fracking Site

Protozoa May Hold Key to World Water Safety

Shale Gas Production

Research into the Fracking Controversy

Convert Methane Into Useful Chemicals

Methane Natural Gas Into Diesel

'Natural Gas' at the molecular level

Arctic Methane risks

Arctic Methane Seeps

Great Gas Hydrate Escape

Undersea Methane Seep Ecosystem

Methane in the Atmosphere of Early Earth

Methane Natural Gas Linked to Climate Change

Cutting Methane Pollutants Would Slow Sea Level Rise

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Environmental Coalition Denounces
NY Gov. Cuomo’s Proposed
Elimination of Clean Water Standards
for Industrial Dairy Operations

January 24, 2013

Albany, NY – After filing formal comments to the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation (DEC) in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s
proposal to roll-back environmental protections for the state’s waterways from
pollution from industrial-scale dairy operations, a coalition of environmental
organizations released the following statement:

“New York’s clean water laws are in place to protect its precious lakes, rivers, and streams.

After Governor Cuomo’s yogurt summit in August 2012, the
administration proposed to eliminate water quality protections for some mediumsized dairy Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

The proposal would allow them to operate without a permit, in clear violation of both federal and state law, with the likely result that untreated cow manure will leach into surrounding waters.

This would have serious health impacts in communities statewide.

Even if it had the authority to remove water quality standards for CAFOs, DEC has not adequately reviewed the human health, environmental, and economic impacts such an action would have on state and local communities, which it must do prior to taking such an action.

Water contaminated by cow manure can contaminate drinking water and transmit disease-causing bacteria and parasites, as well as causing fish kills and toxic algae blooms.

An independent team of experts in agricultural waste management reviewed the proposed rule changes and concluded that without clean water protections, ‘human health risks are substantial.’

These experts also concluded that the proposed rule changes ‘would likely result in increased environmental degradation of water, soil and air quality.’

Our groups have a shared goal of protecting and promoting dairy farming in New

Alternatives to the proposed roll-back that will provide both economic and
environmental benefit to the state and its dairy industry must be considered
before throwing away the standards New Yorkers fought for decades to put in
place to protect the waters we use for fishing, swimming, and drinking.

The state should support the dairy industry coming into compliance with the law rather than gutting the law to cut corners.

Governor Cuomo asserts that eliminating water protection standards will fuel economic expansion in the dairy industry by eliminating the cost of pollution

It is doubtful that eliminating clean water protections will result in significant expansion of the dairy industry and, if industrial-sized dairies don’t
pay to prevent pollution, the public will bear the costs of cleaning up the
contamination, responding to the health risks, and paying for additional water

By attempting to roll-back clean water standards in New York, Governor Cuomo is giving this industry special treatment, a precedent that other
polluting industries will seek to take advantage of.

We must find a better way of
protecting and supporting New York’s dairy industry without polluting our

Roger Downs, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, (518) 426-9144
Tina Posterli, Riverkeeper, 914-478-4501 x239
Blair FitzGibbon, Waterkeeper Alliance, 202-503-6141
Eve Gartner, Earthjustice, (917) 658-6506
Sarah Eckel, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, 518-339-2853’s-Proposed-Elimination-of-Clean-Water-Standards-for-Industrial-Dairy-Operations.pdf




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