Brooklyn Currents | 7/14/2013 | 0 comments

Three years ago, BROOKLYNCURRENTS.com's parent publication, Bay Currents, was among the earliest media in New York -- perhaps the first in Brooklyn -- to publicize fracking (if you're not in the loop on this, see the brief explanation below), with a cover story by Eric Lima focusing on  Josh Fox's Emmy-nominated film, "Gasland."

Fox has now come out with "Gasland 2" -- you can view a discussion about the film on "Democracy Now" here:

Lima, now Associate Editor of BROOKLYNCURRENTS.com, will soon present a follow-up on fracking and how it could affect us here in Brooklyn and the other boroughs.

Stay tuned.
Fracking 101:
  • "Fracking"  is short for induced hydraulic fracturing or hydrofracturing, in which a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals  is injected at high pressure into the ground to create fractures, along which natural gas, in particular, can migrate to the surface and  be extracted.
  • Up to 600 chemicals are used in fracking fluid, including known carcinogens and toxins such as lead, uranium, mercury, ethylene glycol, radium, methanol, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, and others. Critics of fracking -- and there is a growing number of them -- say these fluids have seeped into ground-water and have affected the water supply and the general environment in many communities where fracking is done.
  • Gas companies are itching to start fracking in New York State, particularly in the Catskills from where New York City gets its  water, but they face strong and very vocal opposition from New Yorkers who fear their drinking water -- renowned for its high quality -- will be contaminated.


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