Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Fracking is aptly named. It's become a fracturing issue in today public policy debate. With a radon risk looming among other environmental and health concerns, many groups have taken up the cause of halting the expansion of this increasingly popular mining method. With major energy corporations and inexpensive methane gas on one side of the table and grassroots environmentalists on the other, this debate is one that is far from over. Here we take a look at four of the most active groups voicing their concern over fracking and its radon risk, what they're saying and what their doing to influence change.
1. Food Not Fracking
As radon threatens to invade the natural gas supply of major cities and the water supple of rural farmlands, many anti-fracking groups have joined forces to form Food Not Fracking. Among those are the Brooklyn Food Coalition (http://brooklynfoodcoalition.org/), a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the food system in Brooklyn, Businesses Against Fracking (http://businessesagainstfrackingny.com/), an organization which boasts over 1,000 business leaders nationally against fracking as the answer to economic and energy issues, and Frack Free Catskills (http://frackfreecatskills.org/), a local New York group trying to protect the Catskill region and educate the community on the dangers of fracking, including radon emissions. More information on the dangers of fracking, including the increased radon risk, can be found on the group's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/foodnotfracking
2. Environment America
Although they are called Environment America, health concerns are also on the top of this group's list when it comes to fracking. The organization's site reports that radioactive material such as radon in fracking wastewater has contaminated the sources for drinking water in Pennsylvania, New Mexico and many states in between. They cite a study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Public Health whose findings support the concern that radon and other carcinogens have negatively impacted the health of residents living near gas drilling sites. (https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentAmerica)
3. Sane Energy Project
It was the Sane Energy Project who met with New York Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal (http://saneenergyproject.org/2013/05/25/1752/) to alert her to the dangers of radon being carried along with the natural gas sourced from fracking sites in Pennsylvania and Ohio to New York City residents. They have also are holding seasonal radon tests, supplying residents of New York with free radon test kits in partnership with the NYC Citizen Radon Testing Program and Citizen Radon Watch. (http://saneenergyproject.org/2014/03/01/radon-test-extended/)
4. MoveOn.org's Fracking Petitions
(http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-using-toxic-fracking) - MoveOn.org tackles a lot of hot-button issues, and fracking has not been ignored by the group. There are a number of active petitions on their site that attempt to halt fracking and the many risks it poses to local communities, including an increased level of dangerous radon in the air and water. Here are a sampling of the petitions: PA Dems, say NO to taxing fracking and YES to stopping it! - http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/tell-pa-dems-stop-fracking
Stop Using Toxic Fracking Waste On Our Roads - http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-using-toxic-fracking
Ban Fracking of the Delaware River Watershed - http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-fracking-in-the-delaware
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