New York Gov. Cuomo moves to ban fracking
New York officials on Wednesday moved forward with an effort to ban fracking across the state, citing excessive environmental and health concerns.
… A ban would end the state’s current six-month moratorium on fracking.
The process of fracking involves shooting a mix of pressurized water, sand and chemicals to split rock formations to release natural gas and so-called tight oil.
The widely used, deep-drilling process has resulted in a surge in domestic-energy production and has created millions of new jobs.
However, state and local governments are pushing for bans over the health and environmental concerns, including the potential for earthquakes and the contamination of natural water supplies.
New York sits atop the Marcellus shale formation, which stretches 600 miles along the Appalachian Basin and is rich in natural gas deposits.
Fracking supporters immediately expressed opposition to the state’s plan.
“Today’s action by Governor Cuomo shows that New York families, teachers, roads and good-paying jobs have lost out to political gamesmanship,” said Karen Moreau, of the New York Petroleum Council, an arm of the American Petroleum Institute, which represents some of the world’s biggest energy companies.
American Thinker’s Thomas Lifson:
Despite intense efforts to discover actual negative health effects from fracking, none has been found. Oh, there’s that movie Gasland showing flames being lighted from a water faucet, but that was exposed as a fraud, since the natural gas in the water pipes predated fracking. But Cuomo is demanding proof of absolute safety, an almost impossible standard that is applied to almost nothing.
But it’s a standard which, if universally applied, would prevent all future progress.