Thursday, June 30, 2011

New York Looking at Rescinding Fracturing Ban

Across the Hudson from New Jersey (see below), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is looking at removing the statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing in his state (except in the watersheds for drinking water for New York City and Syracuse).  This would be a reversal for a state that was quick to pass a moratorium on the use of fracturing with little evidence.

While removing the ban is only speculation at this point - maybe a leak to take the public's temperature - the timing is very interesting. Cuomo is fresh off a surprising victory in passing a same sex marriage act through a mostly Republican legislature. Might this be payback?  More likely, the timing has more to do with the expected release Friday of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's environmental impact study on fracturing.

Is this an indication that the study has no major revelations? If nothing else, at least it sounds like Gov. Cuomo doesn't get his news about natural gas from the New York Times.

[Oh, and in case you are interested, here is the third in the Times series slamming natural gas: S.E.C. Shift Leads to Worries of Overestimation of Reserves.]


Ajlounyinjurylaw said...

I am interested to see the impact of the decision to rescind the fracturing ban six month later.

Tyler said...

Show me the impact.