The Snyder Farm Group, consisting of 5 farm families in Barton, NY, submitted an application yesterday to DEC for a permit to drill a natural gas well using Liquefied Petroleum Gas Technology (LPG). The methods used for this process are outside the scope of the recent ban in NYS and do not use water.
A thoughtful article about what the evidence indicates so far about gas drilling and groundwater contamination.
From Scientific American:
"The key environmental safety factor is the casing, the industry term for the sheath of cement that surrounds a newly drilled well. If improperly made, gas can migrate along the outside of this sheath. The gas can also itself leave cracks in the sheath if it is poorly made, freeing yet more gas. According to citation records from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), from 2008 to 2013, 6,466 wells were issued 219 violation notices for well construction problems, suggesting that such problems afflict roughly 3 percent of all wells. The DEP is "not seeing any evidence for groundwater contamination from methane leaks," Vidic adds, noting that government and industry are working on better ways to ensure cement integrity in fracked wells. But problems persist. For example, a test well drilled this past October near Owego, N.Y., continues to leak.
The ban on fracking in New York is now in the books. That doesn't mean our fight is over.
From the Press & Sun:
"State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens issued a 43-page "findings statement" Monday afternoon, putting the state's promised fracking prohibition into place and giving it the force of law.
The biased media has done it again - blaming gas drilling for all the worlds ills.
From Rolling Stone:
"Before they started spreading their cheer about me, I usually had 18 to 25 clients a year, and a spotless reputation in the state," says Young, the primary midwife to service Vernal, Utah, a boom-and-bust town of 10,000 people in the heart of the fracked-gas gold rush of the Uintah Basin. A hundred and fifty miles of sparse blacktop east of Salt Lake City, Vernal has the feel of a slapdash suburb dropped randomly from outer space. Half of it is new and garishly built, the paint barely dry after a decade-long run of fresh-drilled wells and full employment. "Now, I'm down to four or five ladies, and don't know how I'll be able to feed my animals if things don't turn around quick.
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.”