EANY releases fracking report
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NEW YORK STATE -- Fracking supporters have frequently cited drilling's potential to create jobs as a major reason to allow it in New York State. But environmentalists are concerned that if New York does move forward with high-volume hydraulic fracturing, wastewater could become a big problem.
Environmental Advocates of New York released a new report Friday on how water is treated from low-volume fracking gas wells. They say there is not enough oversight of wastewater treatment disposal.
"Gas drilling waste is exempt from any hazardous waste regulation. So that means drillers are not required to test their waste to see if it is in fact hazardous or not. They are not required to participate in a publicly available tracking system. So there is no way myself or any member of the public to track. It means the standards are not nearly as high, as maybe they should be," said Katherine Nadeau of Environmental Advocates of New York.
The report shows that as of 2009, the state was home to roughly 6,630 gas wells.