Skip to comments.Frack it! Gov panel OK on gas drilling. Hydrofracturing to drill for natural gas in NY approved.
Posted on 07/01/2011 11:18:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
ALBANY -- Gov. Cuomo is expected to approve "hydrofracturing" to drill for natural gas upstate after yesterday receiving a long-awaited report stating that the controversial process can be used safely outside the city's watershed.
The recommendation -- great news for some of the Empire State's most economically hard-pressed areas -- was contained in a nearly-900-page scientific and engineering report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Cuomo, who vowed during his campaign to boost upstate economic development, is expected to give the go-ahead to hydrofracturing after a 60-day period of public comment, which begins on Aug. 1
"This report strikes the right balance between protecting our environment, watersheds and drinking water and promoting economic development," said DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens.
Mayor Bloomberg praised the report for both recommending that drilling be banned in the city's watershed and for calling for "a process to establish rules that will allow drilling elsewhere in a rigorously protective and environmentally responsible way."
Huge quantities of natural gas are in a massive reserve known as the Marcellus Shale that spans much of the Southern Tier region on the border with Pennsylvania, which has already given the go-ahead to widespread hydrofracturing that employs tens of thousands of workers.
Supporters say drilling in the Marcellus reserve will trigger an economic boom in an area of poor farms and depressed cities like Binghamton, generating thousands of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues for land owners and huge tax revenues for local and state government.
Environmental activist groups, many from outside the region, have issued dire warnings of dangers to public water supplies and have called for an outright ban.
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Expecting either a Eric Holder investigation or an Enviro-Nazi lawsuit in 4....3....2.....1.....
Upstate NY is like Appalachia.
NY State is controlled by NY City and its near environs - policies are made by and for them, which have depopulated and bankrupted the rest of NY State.
I am surprised they are allowing “fracking” - they must have figured out a way for Albany and the public sector unions to get a large share of the proceeds....
Cringe at the thought of a Cuomo in the WH.
But the NY governor seems intent on boosting his economic creds as he is governing more like an R than a D when it comes to taxes and economy in NY.
The mother lode...
I like motherfrackers.
Here come the earthquakes! /s
Environmental Activist Groups.
Hell, we have three or four right here on FR who campaign against it.
RE: But the NY governor seems intent on boosting his economic creds as he is governing more like an R than a D when it comes to taxes and economy in NY.
He actually surprised the rest of us who did not vote for him when it came to fiscal policies. But when it came to social policy, he is the usual Democratic disaster since he actively PUSHED for Gay Marriage in NY ( which passed ).
Drill Baby Drill!!!!!
Frack Baby Frack!!!!!
Picture worth 1,000 words etc. but I can't help pointing out the saddos pictured here embody every stereotype about their kind. The one on the left pledged to wear her Birkenstocks but couldn't get her feet squeezed into them.