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Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:02 PM

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

Source: New York Times

ALBANY — The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks.

“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Howard Zucker, the acting commissioner of health.

That conclusion was delivered publicly during a year-end cabinet meeting called by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in Albany. It came amid increased calls by environmentalists to ban fracking, which uses water and chemicals to release natural gas trapped in deeply buried shale deposits.

The state has had a de facto ban on the procedure for more than five years, predating Mr. Cuomo’s first term. The decision also came as oil and gas prices continued to fall in many places around the country, in part because of surging American oil production, as fracking boosted output.






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Reply Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks (Original post)
enough Dec 2014 OP
MBS Dec 2014 #1
BeyondGeography Dec 2014 #2
Jim Lane Dec 2014 #4
BeyondGeography Dec 2014 #5
enough Dec 2014 #6
Tom Rinaldo Dec 2014 #7
NewDeal_Dem Dec 2014 #14
Tom Rinaldo Dec 2014 #16
Cha Dec 2014 #15
ReRe Dec 2014 #3
hedgehog Dec 2014 #8
pangaia Dec 2014 #9
eggplant Dec 2014 #10
stuffmatters Dec 2014 #11
rickford66 Dec 2014 #12
Renew Deal Dec 2014 #13
GOLGO 13 Dec 2014 #17
Overseas Dec 2014 #18

Response to enough (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:06 PM

1. Right on.n/t

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Response to enough (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:08 PM

2. Awesome...I am surprised

Thrilled, actually, as a resident of this beautiful state.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:15 PM

4. I'm not surprised -- I'm astounded

 

Cuomo has been kicking the can down the road for years. New York has had an effective moratorium while Cuomo said that more information was needed.

I know more than one environmentalist who thought that this was just a pose that would last only until Cuomo was safely re-elected. Some people thought that "full speed ahead" on fracking would come sometime in November, or, at the latest, January.

My guess was that Cuomo would continue the moratorium while awaiting yet more scientific review. I thought that the fracking-in-November crowd was being too pessimistic. It turns out that even I was being too pessimistic.

I still consider Cuomo far too right-wing to be an acceptable Democratic nominee for President (he will run if Hillary doesn't), but I'll admit that my opinion of him has gone up somewhat.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:23 PM

5. I was definitely expecting the worst

I don't know about the rest of the state, but there are so many positive things going on in the Hudson River Valley (where Teachout kicked his butt) that are tied to the beauty of the land and environmentally sound land usage. This is huge for our region.

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:39 PM

6. Astounded is the word. (nt)

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 03:30 PM

7. My feeling also

This is such an important move on Cuomo's part, and it's even somewhat gutsy taking on the energy industry on their number one priority. You know damn well had New York asserted that fracking could safely be regulated that it would have been used nationwide to beat down opposition to it with statements like "Even "liberal" New York State says that fracking is safe".

I feared that Cuomo was biding time till his reelection to open NY up to some kind of "test fracking" area. He definitely wins back a lot of my respect with this move. He has real flaws in my mind, but this counts for a lot and I give him real credit for this move.

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Response to Tom Rinaldo (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 02:01 AM

14. prices are low; is this still their number 1 priority?

 

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Response to NewDeal_Dem (Reply #14)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 07:36 AM

16. I think so, long term anyway

That is where future oil will come from. The Energy industry might delay when they go after it based on prices and profit margins, but they want that decision to be theirs to make, not government. They sure as hell don't want a movement to gain momentum to ban fracking in more states across this nation. They do not want to concede that there are real safety and health issues at stake. That fracking oil and gas is like multi-billions in long term bonds stored in the ground that maybe haven't matured yet but they sure as hell don't want to profit from them sooner or later, not declared forever off limits.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 02:14 AM

15. I know.. when I first heard about "fracking" it was on this site and it was yelling at Gov Cuomo for

letting it happen.

This is a great turnaround! The beautiful state I use to live in... yes!

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Response to enough (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 02:10 PM

3. K&R

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Wed Dec 17, 2014, 05:20 PM

8. I love NY!

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Response to enough (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 05:21 PM

9. Wow.That's a surprise.

it sounds more like his father.

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Response to enough (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 05:57 PM

10. Even assholes get things right occasionally.

He's nothing like his father. And on this topic, it was already off the table for the past five years. Cuomo's great deed here was to NOT open the Pandora's box, for which we are all grateful. But it wasn't like he performed some sort of miracle.

I'd still much rather have Teachout instead of him.

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Response to enough (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 06:02 PM

11. From Cuomo's mouth to Jerry Brown's ear

Brown should make sure that a fracking ban protects Ca waters both on and off shore.

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Response to enough (Original post)

Wed Dec 17, 2014, 07:26 PM

12. As one who lives 1000 ft from a leased plot ....

thanks Andrew. Now let the lawsuits begin. Hopefully they will go on for several years. Long enough for the facts to become public.

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Response to enough (Original post)

Thu Dec 18, 2014, 12:40 AM

13. This is good news

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Thu Dec 18, 2014, 10:06 AM

17. Meh. He waited till he was re-elected.

Everybody saw that coming. Go-go clean delicious NY water.

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Response to enough (Original post)

Fri Dec 19, 2014, 12:44 AM

18. K&R. Yes please! Hope other states follow!

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