SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

December 22, 2014

NY’s Gov. Quomo – ‘no fracking’

Energy & the environment

State of New York poised to prohibit fracking

By Mary Esch ASSOCIATED PRESS

  New York Gov Andrew Quomo’s administration plans to ban fracking because of risks to public health.   MIKE GROLL..ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

 ALBANY, N.Y. — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.   New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale-gas development since 2008, when the state began an environmental review of the drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing.  .

Yesterday’s announcement , though not final, means a ban is all but etched in stone.   “Never before has a state with proven gas reserves banned fracking,” said Deborah Goldberg, an attorney with Earth-justice, adding that the decision “will give courage to elected leaders throughout the country and world. Fracking is too dangerous and must not continue.”
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Industry and its supporters expressed outrage at the decision.   “We are very disappointed that it appears the governor is unwilling to be a leader and is going to pass the buck at the expense of New Yorkers,” said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute.
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class=”InfoComponentTextPara”>“This technology has been used for over 65 years in the United States. It’s been demonstrated repeatedly after
drilling millions of wells that we’re able to do it while protecting the environment and protecting the people.”  (really!. . .that’s not what I’ve been reading about contamination of land and water. . .JT)
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Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said yesterday that he is recommending a ban, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, responded that he would defer to Martens and acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on the decision.
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The Department of Environmental Conservation will put out a final environmental impact statement early next year, Martens said, and after that he will issue an order prohibiting fracking.   About 30 anti-fracking activists cheered the decision at a rally outside Cuomo’s New York City office.  
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The drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale, which also runs under Ohio and West Virginia, was made possible by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which releases gas from rock by injecting wells with chemically treated water at high pressure.   The technique has generated tens of billions of dollars in industry profits and landowner royalties, and has reduced energy bills and fuel imports. But it also has brought concerns and sparked protests over air and water pollution, earthquakes, property devaluation and truck traffic.  
  • Zucker said he had identified “significant public-health risks” and “red flag” health issues that require long-term studies before fracking can be called safe.

(My comment:  

It is a given that some are making quite a bit of money on this process.  Making money is on everyone’s mind  and that’s Okay.  But not to the detriment of the land itself and the people who rely on this land and all the other health ramifications.  Much damage has already been done all over the country and seldom is so-called correction in line with the harm being caused, not can it be.  When you’re dead — you’re dead.      Very few Governors have shown such decency  or intelligent governance.   Bravo Andrew Quomo!  Jan)

 

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