Rob Flaherty

I think it’s important for students to stay engaged on this issue. As students, we don’t really reap any of the economic “benefits” that the drilling industry speaks so highly of. What we’re left with is dirty water, and gas drills as close as a mile from our campus. Our water is funky enough as it is, and we don’t need to be able to light it on fire. Fracking could make the place I live eight months out of the year a place where I can’t drink or eat without getting barium poisining, or other diblitating physical illnesses. I think we can all do better. So I encourage everyone to stay involved on this issue. Just because it doesn’t seem like it affects you yet doesn’t mean it won’t. I don’t think anyone wants a drill pad in viewing distance.

Kevin McErleth

I’m not from an area that is in any danger of being fracked, but I do drive through central and northern Pennsylvania on my way up to school, and going to school here means that I spend the better part of my year in Ithaca. Both are locations that are either already being fracked or that are in danger of having fracking occur unless laws preventing it are made. I don’t want to have to travel through or live in places that will become dangerous and unpleasant due to fracking, and I hate to think of other people having to be there also. Particularly in the area surrounding Ithaca, where everyone is quite socially and environmentally conscious, I would hope that it will be possible to either ban fracking entirely or to find a way to carry it out in a way that is safer and cleaner than current fracking methods.

Lauren Mateer

Fracking affects me because it is a local issue.  I live in the south western part of New York state near the Pennsylvania border and fracking has been a political issue in my town.  Because my town was hit very hard by the recession the idea of fracking is a popular one because people believe it will create more jobs.  Some gas companies have already talked to people living near me about leasing their land.  Fracking affects me because I do not want to see my backyard ( or anywhere) environmentally hurt for the capital gain of others.  I will send a link to this page to local politicians in my town to help spread the word about fracking.

Andrea Millares


I am currently an Ithaca freshman. I’m from northern New Jersey so I’ve only
lived in this area for about a month. Up until now, I had heard very little about fracking
and even if I had, I probably would not have been too concerned because it really would
have minimal affect on my life. As someone who supports sustainability, I believe that
fracking hinders the ability for people to maintain a lifestyle that supports sustainability. I
am a big supporter of reusable water bottles, and fracking can result in making drinking
water no longer safe for consumption. This especially affects people who live near
fracking wells. Though gas companies try to compensate by supplying drinking water to
families that are no longer able to drink from their faucets, the fact remains that they are
contributing to waste by packaging and distributing water. Also, many families rely on
water for farming. The chemicals released into the water due to fracking can often no
longer be used for farming. This can lead to the family falling into debt.
Now, while the above certainly affects me emotionally, it does not affect me as
an Ithaca College student directly. However, if they start fracking on campus, this could

affect the water we drink and the water we bathe in. Even thinking about this is scary.
While this doesn’t seem like a reality right now, the more fracking spreads, the more it
could become a reality here at Ithaca.

Calley Moules

Although fracking has not yet affected where I live I am still very upset about it. I do live in the suburbs so fracking would most likely not be where I am, but I think it would still affect me. Most of my family lives in places where Fracking could possibly hit and if they do become ill from it, then that would definitely affect me. Massachusetts petitioners are trying to make sure that the natural gas coming into the state was extracted safely and letting the public know what chemicals are being used in the process of fracking.