28 Dec '11, 12pm

Green Blog: In Drilling Safety Debate, Hydrofracking's Not the Only Target

In the heated debate over fracking in New York, it is often forgotten that conventional natural gas drilling has been taking place in the state for decades. Chemung County , a place I write about in Wednesday’s Times , has been a leader in gas production in the state and is now poised to become a leader in exploration of the Marcellus Shale. Drilling awaits the approval of new state rules governing horizontal drilling combined with high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – a controversial process because it uses large amounts of water, more than one million gallons per well — and could pose new risks of groundwater contamination. But conventional vertical and horizontal drilling has its safety issues as well. In Chemung County, where gas companies have been drilling in the Trenton Black River rock formation, a group of 15 residents filed a lawsuit last winter against...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/28/in-drilling-saf...

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