October 25, 2019

Fracking in New York State: weighing risks and benefits


Below an abstract of an article by Dr. Robert Michaels [corresponding  author,  bam@ramtrac.com] and Dr. Randy W. Simon published in the Environmental Claims Journal.  The full text of the article can be downloaded from ResearchGate.net at no charge via the following URL:   

Abstract*

The controversial decision to ban fracking in New York State, most notably in the Marcellus Shale formation, was informed by global, national, state, and local issues that have general relevance. Without prejudging whether fracking can be undertaken safely, we discuss the science of fracking, focusing primarily on widely reported public health and environmental risks, especially those associated with greenhouse gas emissions. Based upon such concerns, any reconsideration of the fracking ban in New York should include, at a minimum, consideration of imposing public and environmental health risk management requirements as proven feasible and successful via industry experience. Fracking should be viewed as one choice among alternative energy strategies, all of which pose risks, rather than simplistically classified as either safe or unsafe. Assuming that our energy needs will continue to grow, our goal should be to guide the evolution of our energy portfolio toward sustainable sources as they emerge as feasible energy alternatives.

* Michaels, Robert A; and Randy W. Simon.  Fracking in New York State:  weighing risks and benefits.  Environmental Claims Journal, 29(4), 253-68, Fall 2017; doi  10.1080/10406026.2017.1372392; online 27 November 2017.


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