New York’s Hydrofracking “Ban” and What It Does or Doesn’t Mean for the Environment

This is a good summary of what the fracking ban in New York State means, and what New Yorkers can do to further their own education on the issue.

Independent Media CNY

The Landscape of Fracking in NY: What’s Changed and What Hasn’t

Saturday, February 28 at 1:00pm

University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St.

Environmental Groups have hailed Governor Cuomo’s recent (Dec. 2014) decision to ban hydrofracking in New York as the first ban by a state with significant natural-gas resources. While this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction in terms of environmental regulations, we as citizens need to turn an analytical eye to this new policy to determine if it is doing enough to control this harmful practice in our home state. First, we need to familiarize ourselves with the official definition of hydrofracking– “a stimulation technique involving the pumping of hydraulic fracturing fluid, possibly with a proppant, into a formation to create fractures to increase formation permeability and productivity”. In other words ‘fracking’ is a technique of drilling for natural gas in which large…

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