by Bill Batson
The fight over fracking in New York State is reaching a fever pitch. Natural gas advocates claim the drilling technology is safe and can lead to energy independence. Opponents present evidence that the practice pollutes public aquifers. Here is the story of what transformed Valley Cottage resident Michelle Solomon into a committed fracking foe. And a diagram that follows the controversial drilling method from the desk of former Vice President Dick Cheney – to the de-icing agent that the DPW could someday spread on our streets.