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Published by: Jon Campbell on Feb 01, 2013
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The gas industry's claims of job creation are wildly overstated.

First, most of the drilling jobs go to non-local workers. Second, the industry claims a "job" f or every short-term hire, and another "job" if that first hire is replaced in th eir original job by another person. The promised tax revenues are wildly overstated too. Taxes are based on the net profits from production at the end of the drilling process. But industry data sh ow that only 20% of wells are actually productive, so most wells won't even yiel d profits to tax. And we know there's no free lunch. Four and a half years after starting this pro cess, the DEC still hasn't studied the costs to local governments and communitie s. Why not? Fracking creates increased local costs for emergency services, law e nforcement, increased homelessness, infrastructure, loss to property values, hea lth department costs, costs to public health, and a crowding-out of existing bus inesses. New Yorkers deserve to know the full picture of what fracking would bring, not j ust the promises of the gas corporations. - Martha Robertson, Chairwoman of Tompkins County Legislature

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