This information was put together by the Concerned Citizens of Otego. You can download it as a tri-fold brochure by right-clicking on “Effects of Natural Gas Drilling.”
How will natural gas drilling affect my health?
Drinking water contaminated by drilling chemicals & radioactive materials from below the earth’s surface.
Increased cases of asthma & other breathing disorders from toxic fumes.
Noise from compressor stations & drilling exceed Federal safety limits.
Increased incidents of accidents & roadway congestion.
Disruption of sleep due to constant noise & lights.
Your Children’s Safety
Records show increased incidents of crime & drug use from outside workers; school bus safety issues; proximity of schools to drilling sites & emissions.
Increased incidents of asthma, endocrine disruption, birth defects & cancer.
How will natural gas drilling affect me economically?
Real Estate Values
People unwilling to buy houses with gas leases or located next to leased land; value of homes decreases<
Most of the jobs will be filled by workers from outside the area
Town taxes may be needed to repair damage from excessive weight & frequency of truck traffic.
Your taxes may increase to undo damage to infrastructure & contamination clean-up
Effect on Local Economy
Increased prices on rentals & food purchases – prices driven up by gas workers willing to pay higher prices by gas workers willing to pay higher prices.
How will natural gas drilling affect my community?
- Increased traffic
- Strain on local emergency services
- Increased rents & food prices
- Increase in drugs in the area
- Impact on hunting & fishing
- Decreased fish & wildlife due to contaminants & noise
- Decreased demand for area farm products due to possible contaminants
- Explosions, accidents & spills
- Property values collapse
- Compulsory integration – non-leased landowners forced to have drilling beneath their lands
Even if you have not leased, the environmental and social issues will still affect you & you will get no compensation
Will the government protect me?
The Federal Government has exempted the Oil and Gas Industries from:
- The Clean Water Act
- The Clean Air Act
- The Safe Drinking Water Act
- A host of other reporting & oversight laws
Both Village & Town residents will be negatively affected.
New York State and its Department of Environmental Conservation (the DEC )cannot effectively protect us.
What YOU can do…
- Go to Town Board Meetings.
- Go to rallies and presentations.
- Write letters to the editor.
- Contact local, county & state officials.
- Support candidates that are opposed to gas drilling.
- Join a group in your town.
- Talk to people.
- Display signs.
- Educate yourself.
- Educate others.
Educate yourself by checking out these websites for more information:
CDOG – http://www.un-naturalgas.org/ A good compilation of all facets of gas drilling & its effects.
Dr. Theo Colborn – http://www.endocrinedisruption.com/home.php Proven medical documentation of health effects of gas drilling.
Fort Worth, TX – www.fwcando.org First-hand accounts from people who have watched their community be impacted by gas drilling.
Texas Sharon – http://www.txsharon.blogspot.com Despite death threats, a single mother in Texas has taken on the gas drilling industry.
Sustainable Otsego – www.sustainableotsego.org A local website with current news of regional efforts to protect our county.
NERCRD Rural Development Paper – http://nercrd.psu.edu/publications/rdppapers/rdp43.pdf Implications for Marcellus shale drilling on local governments & rural communities.
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