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In environmental decisions, I always go back to the basics of the precautionary principle which means that one does not move forward on an action until it is clear that the action has minimal long-term impacts on the environment or public health.
In announcing the decision, the Governor referred to broad concerns over public health. I think the reason he stated is right on the money. We just do not know that much about what these chemicals can do over the long-term. We also do not know what chemicals are being used.
I am not against fracking across the board. However, I am against fracking when we do not know what chemicals are being pumped into the ground. I think that the oil and gas industry has an obligation to disclose the chemicals that are being pumped into our underground commons so that we can evaluate whether or not they are safe for future generations. In my mind, the decision on fracking is an easy one under the present industrial climate of no disclosure.