Wall Street Journal Maps Local Fracking Bans
As Pennsylvania’s state Supreme Court sorts out whether or not local governments have the right to zone natural gas drilling, the Wall Street Journal maps out municipal hydraulic fracturing bans in the Empire State.
There’s no drilling in New York yet, but the Cuomo Administration is expected to finalize rules regulating natural gas drilling within the coming weeks.
The paper spots trends on its map:
Communities along the Pennsylvania border have generally supported allowing fracking in the Marcellus Shale—an underground rock formation rich in natural gas.
Opposition is concentrated in central and western New York, along the northern edge of the Marcellus Shale and in the Utica Shale—regions that could be exploited for natural gas but where some say drilling will be unlikely.