by Bob Dumas
POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Sen. Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) took his case against hydrofracking to the Pound Ridge community last week when he gave a presentation on the topic at the Pound Ridge Library that depicted the alleged side effects of the controversial gas-extraction method.
Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as hydrofracking or fracking, is the process of extracting natural gas from gas shale deposits. There are currently proposals before New York State lawmakers to begin hydrofracking in some regions around the Adirondack Mountains.
In August 2011, Ball toured Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to witness firsthand some of the effects he believes the process has had on the county’s natural landscape.
“In Dimock, Pa., I visited families who had their drinking water contaminated with the toxic concoction that natural gas companies use and who saw the values of their homes drop by 90 percent,” Ball told the packed room. “I am working diligently to make sure the public becomes both aware and educated on the potential effects of fracking and the proper regulations are put in place to prevent big gas companies from devastating our homes and landscapes.”
Ball said he is urging his colleagues in the Senate to take a similar tour of areas he said were polluted by fracking before they consider allowing the industry to move in on New York State.
“We can’t give a red-carpet welcome to an industry that is poorly understood and, currently, not properly regulated,” the senator said.
Pound Ridge residents who attended the talk said they found it both educational and motivating.
“I thought the presentation was extremely informative,” said Pound Ridge resident Lucy Robin. “It makes me want to do something to stop hydrofracking.”
Ruth Mendes, a member of the Pound Ridge Business Association, said an issue such as hydrofracking crosses party lines.
“This is an issue that will not only affect us today but it will affect our grandchildren. We are giving away our water, which is not a renewable resource,” Mendes said. “I diametrically could not be more opposed politically [to Ball] but this issue goes past partisan divides. He is taking a very proactive position, which I greatly respect.” (ARTICLE)