A final report from the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to be formalized in a matter of days, banning hydraulic fracturing throughout the Empire State.
Supporters of the currently-banned practice of hydraulic fracturing drilling, or hydrofracking for gas in New York State haven’t given up hope entirely despite a decision by the Cuomo Administration in December to continue the ban which has been in place for more than five years.
After the recent findings of the Environmental Protection Agency's four year study, many in New York are calling for a reversal of Governor Cuomo's ban.
From State of Politics:
“I fully expect Governor Cuomo to reverse his previous decision to ban fracking which was based upon controversial scientific studies and made to appease far left environmentalists,” Rep. Chris Collins, a Buffalo Republican, said in a statement. “Hardworking New Yorkers deserve the job opportunities.”
A four year study by the United States Environmental Protection Agency has found that hydro-fracking is not contaminating our drinking water. Governor Cuomo may want to take a look at the study - and rethink the ban.
From the Wall Street Journal:
"Fracking isn’t causing widespread damage to the nation’s drinking water, the Obama administration said in a long-awaited report released Thursday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—after a four-year study that is the U.S. government’s most comprehensive examination of the issue to date—concluded that hydraulic fracturing, as being carried out by industry and regulated by states, isn’t having “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.”
It's clear Russia has a vested interest in stalling fracking and there's speculation that they may be funding some environmental groups opposed to natural gas drilling.
From the American Spectator:
"Putin’s fear of fracking, from a purely logical standpoint, makes perfect sense. Russia is a petro-state, a nation dependent on the sale of oil and natural gas to keep its government, and economy, afloat.
Another "impartial" researcher was involved in the decision to ban fracking in New York.
From the Daily Caller:
"The New York state study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, relied on research from a former Environmental Protection Agency official who compared enforcing environmental regulations to “Roman crucifixions.”
Environmentalists are on to their next fight - with energy companies.
From North Country Public Radio:
"It is not fracking that has caused worry. It is the industry infrastructure that has a large footprint in the state, despite the fact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced late last year that fracking would not be permitted in New York.
On Tuesday, Howard Zucker’s confirmation as Commissioner of Health for New York State passed the Senate. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there to vote no and speak against the confirmation due to my back surgery.
In December, he recommended a ban on hyrdo fracking in New York. I don’t believe his decision was based on scientific evidence – I believe he was swayed by downstate environmentalists and their fear-mongering anecdotes.
If we work together toward real solutions and safe regulations rather than burying our heads in the sand, the Southern Tier could be a leader in safe drilling and job creation.
I’m still fighting – I hope you are too.
Governor Cuomo hasn't made good on his promise to invest in economic development for the Southern Tier after banning natural gas drilling in December.
From the New York Post:
"After Gov. Cuomo banned fracking in New York in December, he promised residents in the state’s Southern Tier that he would provide them with new government investments to jumpstart economic activity in their depressed region, including millions of dollars to attract “clean energy businesses and jobs.”
But already, according to upstate press reports, Cuomo’s modest initiatives have stalled. This week, CapitalNewYork.com reported that the state cut in half the money it will devote to luring new energy companies to counties that border Pennsylvania west of the Catskills.
A new debate has arisen about the number of women working on the oil and gas industry. Opponents of gas drilling say that the only women who benefit are "prostitutes and maids" while supporters site that women hold 19% of the jobs in the oil and gas industry.
From Energy in Depth:
Sandra Steingraber, the peer reviewer of a key research paper used to justify New York’s ban on hydraulic fracturing recently stated: “Fracking as an industry serves men. 95 percent of the people employed in the gas fields are men. When we talk about jobs, we’re talking about jobs for men, and we need to say that. And the jobs for women are hotel maids and prostitutes. So when we talk about fracking coming into a community what we see is that women take a big hit, especially single women who have children who depend on rent to own housing.”