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Letter: Maintain the ban on hydrofracking

A new poll shows New York voters evenly

A new poll shows New York voters evenly split on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. (Dec. 5, 2012) Credit: AP

New York State stands at a crossroads: to continue to be in the forefront of green energy, sustainable agriculture, tourism and high technology, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo envisioned in his state budget ["More highlights," News, Jan. 23], or to be just another fracking-contaminated state.

Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas blasts shale rock a mile deep and uses millions of gallons of water and sand laced with chemicals. It involves tanker-truck trips and other aspects of heavy industry, and has been linked to water and air pollution, radioactivity and earthquakes.

Fracking would be profitable in the short term for some, but its long-term costs far outweigh any short-term benefit. If Cuomo truly supports New York's long-term leadership and prosperity, he will instruct the state Department of Environmental Conservation to delay the release of fracking regulations and maintain the moratorium, which has so far protected New York from the ravages of hydrofracking.

Matthew Frisch, Oakland Gardens