What is Fracking?
Fracking (short for hydraulic fracturing) is a drilling technique which involves injecting toxic chemicals, sand, and millions of gallons of water under high pressure directly into the ground to release natural gas in shale deposits. This mixture of toxins and sediment, along with any natural gas released, can leak to the surface and enter rivers and groundwater in the process.
Some of the largest shale deposits of this kind are found in the Marcellus Shale, a huge geological formation underneath Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania as well as New York – oil & gas companies are eager to exploit it.
Tragedies due to unregulated fracking – including flammable tap water in Colorado, methane explosions in West Virginia, and poisoned water in Pennsylvania – show what could happen to New York if companies are allowed to expand their operations here.
Oil & gas companies want to frack in New York, which could poison our clean, unfiltered water – so good it’s considered the “secret ingredient” of our favorite bagels, pizza, beer and coffee.