"Fracking threatens our health, environment, and economy in NY."

Hugh Jackman

What’s with superhero actors spreading misinformation about fracking? (We’re looking at you, Ruffalo.) Regardless of what Wolverine says, fracking is a major driver of economic growth, while the natural gas produced through fracking has helped improve air quality nationwide. As a study from the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute found, shale development increases local average household income by six percent while boosting local employment by an incredible 10 percent.  In terms of health, as natural gas is being used more and more for electricity generation, emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds have decreased significantly, leading to improved air quality. Finally, in addition to the land remediation practices put in place by producers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (along with universities and other agencies) concluded that fracking does not pose a major risk to drinking water resources.

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