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December 4th, 2009

Trento's Take: The Perils of New York’s Gas For Cash

Its official - New York is so broke the state has now turned itself into a science experiment with the people becoming one big collective lab rat. The bad news is the researchers running the experiment come from Wall Street and Texas.

So while the good intentioned Department of Environmental Conservation in New York can demand to know all the chemicals to be poured into the watershed of New York State, it cannot know the formulas of the compounds that work to extract the gas by chemically cracking the shale. That is why residents may never know how nanotechnology being used under their homes to keep the pores of the shale open could affect them. The potential for environmental disaster is real. Once the well gets going, the gray wastewater must be removed and cleansed. Little is understood about nanotechnology. The gas drillers tell us it is okay because, after all, it is used in women's cosmetics. But fear not New Yorkers, each of those 17 inspectors at the DEC would only have to examine about 800 wells every year.


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