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Energy Industry Political Allies Resist Legislative and Grassroots Efforts to End Natural Gas Hydraulic Fracturing

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Interview with Emily Wurth, water program director of Food & Water Watch, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Shale gas development has been touted as the biggest breakthrough in U.S. fossil fuel production in decades, allowing the natural gas industry to drill in areas that were previously inaccessible. Media ads claim that the process, known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the "clean, safe, domestic" power of the future. But fracking – in which millions of gallons of water, a secret mix of toxic chemicals and sand are injected into wells to break apart shale and release trapped gas – has been found to pollute ground water.

One of the biggest areas being developed is the Marcellus Shale, a formation that covers parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Virginia. Another shale formation covers the northern tip of New Jersey, whose legislature recently voted overwhelmingly to ban shale gas drilling. But Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced on Aug. 24 that instead of signing the ban bill, he was declaring a one-year moratorium so the process could be further evaluated. Meanwhile, a moratorium in New York on what many consider the most disruptive form of shale gas development is about to end, as the state's Department of Environmental Conservation is releasing a revised environmental impact study of the issue at the end of August.

Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Emily Wurth, water program director at the Washington, D.C.-based group Food & Water Watch, which is pushing for a national ban on hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas. She discusses the legislative and grassroots citizen efforts to stop or slow down fracking and points to the need for the nation to start developing renewable energy alternatives.

EMILY WURTH: The New Jersey state legislature overwhelmingly voted for a ban on hydraulic fracturing earlier this year and we've been waiting to see what Gov. Christie would do on this. And instead of doing what was clearly in the best interests of the residents of New Jersey and what the legislature wanted, he passed a conditional veto that would only establish a one-year moratorium on fracking, saying that had to do with waiting for further study to see what the effects were. That timeline is not in line with the EPA's study – which is the most documented study – looking into the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water primarily. They will be doing some examination of other effects as well. But that study's not due to have any preliminary findings until the end of next year, which, a lot of time these agency studies run over schedule, and then it's not due to be complete until 2014. So we have serious concerns, and at this point we're hoping the state legislature – who had the votes to override the veto – will put this to a vote and vote to override Gov. Christie's veto.

BETWEEN THE LINES: The vote was almost unanimous in the Senate. I'm wondering if that was because even if shale drilling were allowed, there's very little shale in the state that holds gas that could be drilled for.

EMILY WURTH: Yeah, well, there is some, and I think it sends an important message to elected officials of neighboring states for them to take this action. You know, the waterways cross state lines, and we know there's a hotly debated decision being made by the Delaware River Basin Commission about this, and that could come up for a vote at any time – it could be as soon as the Sept. 21 meeting. But, you know, the Delaware River provides drinking water for three million residents of New Jersey, so I think this was an effort by the New Jersey legislature to weigh in on some of the larger regional decisions being made about this practice.

BETWEEN THE LINES: There was also a moratorium declared in New York State in 2010. Can you give us a little background?

EMILY WURTH: What the New York state legislature voted for was a moratorium on both types of hydraulic fracturing – vertical and horizontal. This gets into the slightly more technical side of this issue. There were lots of concerns because vertical drilling is already taking place in New York state, in western New York in particular, so what (Gov.) Patterson did was also a veto – he vetoed the state legislature's moratorium and made it only on the horizontal drilling, which is the kind of more invasive form, although there's problems with all of them, really.

BETWEEN THE LINES: So the moratorium was to stay in place until the revised Environmental Impact Statement is released, slated for Aug. 31, and then the public comment period begins.

EMILY WURTH: That essentially ends the moratorium in New York, although permits won't be issued until they go through an official public comment period and then take the time to insert the public comment into a final draft.

BETWEEN THE LINES: So, Emily Wurth, things seem to be moving fast toward opening the state to drilling, and I know the Department of Environmental Conservation's initial environmental impact statement in July said it could be allowed on most private property, but not in public parks or watersheds. It seems like a ban is pretty much out of the question.

EMILY WURTH: I don't. I think the next few months are critical. We've seen movement. We've seen elected officials in New York who are not naturally prone to be strong on this issue come out really strongly. Republican Greg Ball comes to mind from the Hudson Valley area. He was recently touring through counties like Bradford County and Susquehanna County where the intensive drilling has taken place, and he came back with a really strong statement saying he doesn't want to see this happen in New York. And so, you know, I think the next few months will be very important for the movement, but we're hoping that kind of gives people the opportunity to take a strong stance on this issue, including the state legislature in New York.

BETWEEN THE LINES: You know, it's interesting that this is happening now, at the same time that people are in D.C. trying to stop the importation from Canada of incredibly polluting tar sands for fuel. Maybe it would be better to develop domestic natural gas and forget about the tar sands.

EMILY WURTH: I think there's a lot of other opportunities in renewables and more sustainable and less dangerous and less polluting forms of energy. There's gotta be more investment in research and the start-up of those. And I also think the oil and gas industry is tremendously powerful, and at Food and Water Watch, we think the visionary route is to move away from the mature fossil fuel industries. Particularly, we shouldn't be subsidizing and granting exemptions to a profitable, mature industry, but instead we should be investing in the technologies needed to fully develop safe and renewable sources of energy.

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