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After fracking ban, some New York towns want to secede

A group of towns in New York’s Southern Tier is looking into the possibility of seceding and joining Pennsylvania, according to WBNG-TV. The Upstate New York Towns Association cites property taxes, low sales tax revenue, and the recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York. From WBNG:

5 takeaways for PA following New York’s fracking ban

After more than six years of studying the issue, New York decided to ban fracking this week. Officials there cited environmental and health risks. The state’s acting health commissioner, Howard Zucker, said there wasn’t enough research to know for sure if fracking poses a health threat, but he wasn’t comfortable recommending it. “There are many [...]

New York State bans fracking

New York state officials have decided to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders, citing health concerns. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement at an end-of-year press conference in Albany Wednesday afternoon. From the New York Times: The state has had a de facto ban on the procedure for more than five years, predating Mr. Cuomo’s [...]

Survey: Pennsylvanians like fracking more than New Yorkers

Pennsylvanians have a much more favorable view of shale gas development compared to their counterparts in New York, according to a new public opinion survey. The two states have taken vastly different approaches to the boom in Marcellus Shale drilling. The formation lies under large swaths of Pennsylvania and stretches into southern New York. While Pennsylvania welcomed [...]

New York’s highest court allows towns to ban fracking

New York State’s highest court ruled today that towns are allowed to ban hydraulic fracturing within their borders. From the New York Times: The two towns at the center of the case – Dryden, in rural Tompkins County, and Middlefield, in Otsego County – amended their zoning laws in recent years to ban fracking, on [...]

New York ‘extremely unlikely’ to allow fracking before 2015

It appears the state of New York plans to continue its moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for at least another year. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget proposal does not contain any new funds to regulate the gas industry. From Capital New York: Joe Martens, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, said the state does [...]

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. calls natural gas a “catastrophe”

As an environmental activist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the nation’s most vocal opponents of coal, but he thinks natural gas is just as bad. Speaking to a crowded auditorium today at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Kennedy says it’s a “false choice” to weigh economic concerns against environmental protection. Although his [...]

New York Governor Says He’ll Make Fracking Decision Before 2014 Election

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will make a decision on whether to lift the state’s moratorium on fracking before the 2014 election. It’s not clear how much that statement means, though, since the debate in New York has gone on for nearly five years. In 2011, the head of [...]

Celebrity Anti-Fracking Group May Be in Trouble for Failing to Register as Lobbyists

An influential group of celebrity anti-fracking advocates, known as Artists Against Fracking, may be running afoul of New York State law, according to the AP: Artists Against Fracking opposes hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and boasts members including Yoko Ono and actors Mark Ruffalo and Susan Sarandon. The group says forcing water and chemicals deep into [...]

New York’s Fracking Decision May Hinge on Results of Geisinger Health Study

New York’s decision on whether or not to allow hydrofracking may hinge on the results of a new health study by the Danville-based Geisinger Health System. The Associated Press reports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, put off making a decision last month, partly on the advice of his former brother-in-law and environmental advocate [...]

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