To the Editor:
(Canastota, NY – Jan. 2012) A recent Cornell University study found natural gas may be worse than coal for greenhouse effect. Shale gas extraction will make the greenhouse gas problem worse, due to methane leaking or venting from wells, and also during processing and transportation.
It will deplete and contaminate our fresh water supplies, cause serious illness and cost millions in clean-up and health costs. [Hydraulic fracturing] is not a solution to solve climate change. Natural gas will only bring global profits to the gas extraction industry and leave us with a toxic waste dump.
We must use our natural resources wisely, consume less energy and develop alternatives to [hydraulic fracturing]. Our lives literally depend on it.
Sylvia Skinner-DeFrancisco, Canastota