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Letter: Proceed with caution on fracking

Men with Cabot Oil and Gas work on

Men with Cabot Oil and Gas work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pa. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, stimulates gas production by injecting wells with high volumes of chemical-laced water to free up pockets of natural gas below. (Jan. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

It is good to see that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is putting off his decision on hydraulic fracturing as he awaits the completion of further studies of the health impacts of that extreme gas extraction process ["Rules for fracking delayed," News, Feb. 13]. Toxic chemicals used in fracking have been linked to numerous health problems.

On a wider level, fracking in New York would only contribute to all of the problems associated with global warming, as we, once again, pursue the false path of fossil fuel dependency. Drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation would add tremendously to greenhouse gas production and deflect us from what needs to be quickly accomplished to halt global warming: investment in renewable energy and energy conservation.

Jim Brown, Island Park

Editor's note: The writer is the president of the South Shore Audubon Society.