Huffington Post has an article about a forum/panel discussion at SUNY New Paltz, on hydrofracking. While the event appears to have been a useful exercise for some, I think it would be useful to have more technically trained people on such panels.
Then people could be made aware of important issues behind the scenes, such as whether hydrofracking really requires using hazardous compounds, and some of the technical (albeit regulatory) reasons why the nature of these compounds cannot be kept confidential (as I’ve gone into here).
Interestingly from a New York perspective, as noted in the article, in New York
hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale has quite a long way to go before it can begin. Last September, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation issues the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program that is still under review. Stuart Gruskin, executive deputy commissioner, indicated that there are over 14,000 comments to review while processing the statement and that’s not going to happen overnight. …
So there’s still time to do that core dump to look for useful kernels. Sadly, it seems we will have to wait until there is legal action, with accompanying requests for public documents, before we can get this information. But eventually we’ll get them.