Cornell Veterinarians Say Fracking Poisons Animals & People

Another day, another attempt by the anti-drilling left to scare people. Honestly, when will the general public wake up to these pathetic attempts to stop drilling?

The latest attempt is from two Cornell professors—from the veterinary department—who came to Endicott, NY to warn people that fracking will poison their cows and horses and chickens and dogs and cats, oh my! (Perhaps the good profs should make a trip to PA, just across the border, where fracking is everywhere and the animals are just fine.)

About 65 people came to the Endicott Visitor Center on Thursday night to join a statewide anti-fracking rally in several locales…

At the crux of Thursday’s questions was fracking’s potential impact on human and animal health, which two Cornell University professors said remain unanswered.

Case reports from eight states documented medical problems in beef cattle, dairy cows, chickens and goats after natural gas drilling wells infringed on their grazing land, according to Michelle Bamberger, of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell.

Bamberger, a veterinarian, studied several cases in which animals’ health deteriorated after drilling, including a horse who succumbed to liver failure.

In the strongest worded anti-drilling message of the partisan rally, Cornell professor Robert Oswald, said residents in drilling areas "will be the laboratory mice" and the land will remain "an uncontrolled health experiment" unless state regulators look at the risks with scientific data in hand.*

Notice that one of the profs, Bamberger, is a member of Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. That translates to: unless energy is solar or wind or water, it’s evil. And of course that’s the twisted ideology that motivates people like Bamberger to, shall we say, play fast and loose with the “research” that she presents. She has a point of view and it colors her views as a so-called scientist. Science is not what’s talking here—an ideology is what is talking. And it appears Oswald is even more rabidly anti-drilling than Bamberger.

*Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun-Bulletin (May 4, 2012) – Endicott anti-fracking rally focuses on human, animal health