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Delivered Testimony of Josh Fox, Producer/Filmaker of "Gasland" at Hydrofracking Forum (4/25/12)

Delivered Testimony of Josh Fox, Producer/Filmaker of "Gasland" at Hydrofracking Forum (4/25/12)

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TestimonyfromJoshFoxIhaveaskedthefollowingquestionsoftheCuomoAdministrationandofJoeMartensandtheyhavenotbeenanswered.IbelievethattheSGEISisafatallyflaweddocumentandmustbewithdrawnimmediately.JoshFoxQuestionsfortheCuomoAdministrationforGASLAN02,
3/13/12
1.
WehaveheardthattheDECisgoingtospeedupitsreviewoftheover
60,000
commentsreceivedontheSGEISandcomeoutwithfinalregulationsthisspring.Isthistrue?Sincethefirstroundof
14,000
publiccommentstookoverayeartoprocess,inwhatwayshastheprocesschangedtoallowforthisfasttrackprocesstobedoneinanadequateandcarefulway?2.TheDSGEISdidnotincludeastatisticalevaluationoftherateofwellfailuresandsubsequentmethanemigrationintoUndergroundSourcesofDrinkingWater(USDW)inthePennsylvaniaMarcellusplay.Areyouawarethatin
2011
alone,operatorswerecitedover
120
timesformethanemigrationresultingwithcementingand/orcasingfailures,andthat,despitetheuseofmoderntechniquesandadditionalregulations,thisfailurerate,over6%,issimilartothatwhichischronicandwell-knownbytheindustry?OilandgaswellsinNYScommonlyalreadyhave3or4stringsofcasing,asdowellsinPAthathavebeenfoundinviolationofmethanemigrationrestrictions.Onwhatscientificbasiscanitbestatedthathavinganintermediatecasingstringreducestheprobabilityoflossofwellintegrity?Cantheadministrationaddressthewellknownindustryproblemofwellcasingfailure,whichhasbeenshownbyindustrydocumentstobeupwardsof
50%
failureovera
30
yeartimeframe.Toprotectgroundwaterthesewellshavetolastforever.Whatistheplanfordealingwiththisheretoforeunsolvableproblem?3.CanyouaddressissuesofradonintheMarcellusShale?TherearevariousreportsthatshowthattheMarcellusshalecontainsradongasthatmightnothavetimetodissipatetoanacceptablelevelifpipedfromlocationsinNYorPAintoNewYorkCityandthattheradoninthegaswouldcausesignificanthealthimpactsincludingasignificantriseincancerratesinconsumersinNewYorkCity.HowdoestheCuomoAdministrationaddressthispotentiallylethalproblem?Inyouranswer,addressthefollowing:a)shalegastendstohavemoreradonthatconventionalgas,asthegashasmuchmorerecentlybeenincontactwiththeparentradiumthatproducestheradon;b)shalegasfromtheMarcellushas
 
alotmoreradonthandoesmostshalegas,astheshalehasmoreradium,thorium,anduraniuminit;andc)radondecayswithahalflifeof3.8daystherefore.movinggasfromtheMarcellusquicklyintoNYCwillgiveconsumershighlevelsofradon.4.QuestionsaboutFrackingandClimateChange:4a)Howdoyouaddressthenewinformationthatfrackedshalegaswellsreleasemuchlargerquantitiesofrawmethane,averypotentgreenhousegas,intotheatmosphereandthatunconventionalnaturalgasfromshaleisworsethancoalintermsofitspotentialtoincreaserunawayclimatechange?(SeeenclosedcitationsfromNOAA,CornellUniversity,NationalClimateAssessment,etal.)4b)Renownedauthor,climatechangeexpert,andgrassrootsleaderBillMcKibbenwritesintheNYReviewofbooksthataworldwidemovetowardsshalegaswouldbedisastrousfortheplanet.Hestatesthatburningtheworldreservesofshalegaswouldraiseglobaltemperatureby
3.5
degrees.Hewrites:"AstheInternationalEnergyAgencyreportedlastsummer,thenumbersaresignificant:theirprojectionsfora"GoldenAgeofGas"scenariohaveatmosphericconcentrationsof
C02
peakingat650partspermillionandtemperaturerising
3.5
degreesCelsius,farhigherthanalltheexpertsbelieveissafe."Giventhatariseinglobaltemperatureof
3.5
degreesCelsiusandthecorrespondingriseinsealevelwouldhavegraveimplicationsforcoastalareasinNewYorkincludingNewYorkCity,whyistheimpactofshalegasonglobalwarmingnotaconsiderationintheSGEISorinanyoftheCuomoAdministration'sstatementsaboutlargescalegasdevelopment?
5.
WhywastherenoattempttoincluderepresentativesfromthevastarrayofgrassrootsorganizationsthathavesprungupthroughoutNewYorkinthepastthreeyearsontheCuomoAdministration'sadvisorypanelonfracking?Whopickedthemembersofthepanel?Whywerenoscientistsappointedtothepanel?
6.
RecentlytheOhioDepartmentofNaturalResourcesreleasedareportwhichconcludedthatwastedisposalfromfrackingintoUICwasteinjectionwellshascausedearthquakes,becauseofinjectionintoregionswithunmappedfaults.Additionally,anoperatorhasadmittedthatitsfracking,notwasteinjection,operationcausedearthquakesinEngland.HavethesethreatsbeenaddressedbytheCuomoAdministration?Howcantheadministrationbecertainthatearthquakescausedbyfrackingwouldnot·damagethevitalaqueductsthatbringwatertoNewYorkCityfromthewatershedordamagecementjobsinnearbywells?OHIODNR:
 
http://www.ohiodnr.comlhomepage/NewsReleases/tabid/18276/Entryld/2711/0hios-New-Rules-for-Brine-Disposal-Among-Nations-Toughest.aspxENGLAND:http://www.reuters.com/article/2011111/02/us-gas-fracking-idUSTRE7A1600201111027.WilltheNewYorkCitywatershedbeexemptedfromdrilling?WilltheSyracusewatershedbeexemptedfromdrilling?WilltheDelawareRiverBasinbeexemptedfromdrilling?Why?Whynotextendthoseprotectionstoallwatersources/privatewaterwellsinthestate?8.Realestatevalueshaveplungedincertainareaswhereheavygasleasinghasoccurred;whatwilltheCuomoAdministrationdotoaddressthedropinpropertyvalueinareasdrilledfortheresidentswhohavenotsignedleasesandhavehadtheirpropertydevaluedsimplybybeingadjacenttoadrillingzone?WhatwilltheimpactbeonpropertytaxcollectionsforalreadystrugglingNYSlocalgovernments?9.Whateffecthastheover2milliondollarsingasindustrylobbyinghadonAlbanyandontheCuomoAdministration?Whatkindsofinteractionswiththegasindustryhastheadministrationhad?10.TheGovernorhassaidnumeroustimesthathewantssciencetoinformtheissue,thenwhynotwaituntilthefederalEPAstudiesonfrackingeffectsonUSDWandonUSDWcontaminationinWyomingarereleased?11.PleasetellmefivechiefpointsofRegion2EPA'scriticismofNY'sDSGEISandhowthenewSGEISandtheCuomoadministrationwilladdressthem.12.Arethegasindustriesjobsnumbersexaggerated?Howmanyjobscanweexpect?Howdogasindustryjobscomparetojobsinrenewablecleanenergysuchassolar,wind,hydropowerandgeothermal?13.WhatprotectionswillNewYorkaffordtoworkerswhoareworkingwithdangerouschemicalsinthegasfields?Gasandoilworkersinotherstatesareregularlyrequiredtosignnon-disclosureagreementswithgascompanies,whichstipulatethateveniftheygetsickasaresultofexposuretochemicalsandotherhazardouswastesthattheywillbeinviolationoftheirnondisclosureagreementsiftheycalladoctorthatisnotemployedbythegascompany.WillworkersingasoperationsinNewYorkbesubjecttothispractice,orwillmoreopennessaboutworkersafetyandillnessbemandated?HowaggressivelywillNewYorkstateprotectitsworkersfrominjuryandpotentialchemicalexposure?14.HastheObamaAdministration'snewpositiononNaturalGas,asstatedintheStateoftheUnionaddress,influencedtheCuomoAdministration?WhatconversationsbetweentheObamaAdministrationandtheCuomoAdministration

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