Dear Governor Cuomo,

Dear Governor Cuomo,

I wish to commend you for your fine efforts in slowing the advance of hydrofracting for natural gas in the New York State Finger Lakes. I am pleased that you are taking the time to thoroughly evaluate the long term impact economic, environmental and social impacts that natural gas hydrofracting would bring to New York.

I also thank you for your fine efforts to make NYSERDA incentives and grants available to the local towns and municipalities of the New York State. These  grants should bring high interest to local municipalities for the planet in the long term but to also save on individuals taxes in the short term.

Your thoughtful effort tells me that you are looking to preserve a long range healthy future for pollution free water in New York and not just to short term profit making by a small group of oil and gas companies. The sooner that we as local people and municipalities can move into natural renewable energy usage, the better off our friendly planet will be in the future because the so called bridge fuel into future renewble energy is a media misconception put upon the people.

For many years the oil and gas companies have promoted natural gas as “the bridge to the renewable energy future.” However, as we the people learn more about the costly impacts in drilling for a deep and difficult to collect natural gas resource, perhaps that ad should be changed to natural gas as a “faulty bridge to a renewable energy future.” It is logical to tradeoff short term drilling profits to natural gas companies for long term negative impacts to the health of people and the planet. Think about it.

Sincerely,

Jack W. Wilbert

Dundee

The above letter was written by Jack Wilbert of Dundee. It was published in the Penn Yan Chronicle-Express in their December 18, 2013 issue. We are printing it with the permission of the author.

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2 Responses to Dear Governor Cuomo,

  1. bob mcgill says:

    ” Your thoughtful effort tells me that you are looking to preserve a long range healthy future for pollution free water in New York “, you got to be kidding ! John Halfman of Finger Lakes Institute said that in a very short time the water in the Finger lakes, mainly Seneca, won’t even be treatable because of algae blooms. The lake water has never been “pollution free” because the water has been polluted by natural deposits of all kinds of toxic elements for about 11,000 years. Technology is the only thing that makes it drinkable, but not for long.

    • Deb Meeker says:

      That’s quite a clear overstatement Bob. If New York’s fresh water has “been polluted by natural deposits of all kinds of toxic elements for about 11,000 years’ why aren’t we all dead? Are you suggesting then, that since there is some concern about pollutants already in our lakes and streams we shouldn’t be bothered by the idea of further and more severe polluting by hydraulic fracturing?

      You appear to like wildlife, and care about wildlife’s habitat. Do you understand how fracking, trucking activity, and the sites prepared for fracking kill much wildlife and make their habitat unfit to live in?

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