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Learn more about Hydraulic Fracturing in B'ville

— Hydrofracking has been a hot topic in New York State for years.

Horizontal hydrofracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a process in which large amounts of water, combined with smaller amounts of chemicals and sand, are pumped under high pressure into a drilled gas well. The pressure from the water causes tiny fractures in the shale (rock); when the water is removed relieving the pressure, the sand remains behind, propping open the newly created fractures and allowing gas to flow into the well.

The technique is controversial because of potential environmental impacts including contamination of ground water, surface contamination from spills and flowback and risks to air quality among other concerns.

Currently restricted in New York as the state government has been reviewing the pros and cons of the controversial process, legislation allowing or banning hydrofracking has yet to be drafted.

During the next week, there are opportunities in greater Baldwinsville to learn more about the process and the possibility of it occurring locally.

Concerned Citizens to host fracking movie night

The Concerned Citizens on Fracking will hold a movie night featuring “The Sky is Pink” and other online videos showing the effects of hydrofracking on the community, human health and the environment.

"Hydraulic Fracturing for natural gas is in the local news lately and there are signed leases in our area,” said Ann Horan, who organized the Concerned Citizens on Fracking group. “But what is hydraulic fracturing and what effect does the entire process have on the area and on the property owners? We all need a greater understanding of this industry and what is involved.”

Horan invites local residents to the movie night, which will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the First United Methodist Church, 17 W. Genesee St., Baldwinsville.

“Come see what the effects of the process of fracking for natural gas looks like,” Horan said.

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