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New U.S. fracking regulations are hazardous

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Federal agencies regulate gas drilling on both federal lands and those held in trust for tribes. We don’t hear a lot about fracking on federal Indian land because much of it is west of the Mississippi.

However, the New York State-Oneida Indian Nation settlement gives the Oneidas the right to take up to 25,000 acres of land into trust.

The revised federal draft fracking regulations allow well operators to avoid disclosing use of dangerous chemicals.

They do nothing to prevent fracking wells right next to homes and schools. They have no requirement to collect and disclose baseline data on air and water quality. They allow the industry to store contaminated waste in massive open pits and do not allow Native Americans to opt out of the regulations.

Why would Gov. Andrew Cuomo want land removed from the sovereign jurisdiction of the state knowing it may open Central New York to fracking?

Cheryl Cary

Canastota

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