Close Fracking Loop Holes

By Joan McKiernan

          Last year we all celebrated the announcement of a ban on fracking in New York State. However, there appears to be a number of loopholes in the state’s regulations on fracking. Some greedy landowners in Tioga County are rushing to take advantage of the loopholes endangering themselves and their neighbors. An application submitted to the DEC from by a handful of farmers, “The Snyder Farm Group,” requests a permit to fracture shale using gelled propane in Town of Barton on land owned by Ernest Snyder of Hamilton Valley Road. Unfortunately, area residents unconcerned about being blown up, favor the plan.

Fortunately, scientist/activist Chris Northrup ( has investigated and argues that it is unlikely that this method of untested, dangerous fracking would get approval. Northrup likens using gelled propane as a fracking agent to using napalm. We hope our Tioga neighbors choose to do the right thing and not blow us all up. In the meantime, it is important to support all the efforts to get the DEC to close the fracking loopholes. You can sign a petition here: Or you can call Governor Cuomo (518-474-8390) to request the immediate prohibition of “gelled propane,” Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and all other so-called “environmentally friendly” non-water shale gas fracking methods in New York.


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