A press release received today from a New York environmental group:
Governor Cuomo hasn’t leveled with New Yorkers, so no one can predict exactly when or where high-volume hydraulic fracturing may be introduced in the state, but one thing is already clear: politically powerful constituencies like New York City will be given a measure of protection that won’t be extended to rural communities. Last summer the Cuomo administration leaked a plan to let the gas industry “frack” five Southern Tier counties while temporarily keeping other areas of the state off-limits.
Now, as New York moves forward with the permitting process, those five counties - Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga - are in the industry’s crosshairs. “Although there’s been a lot of discussion about fracking in the last few years, there are still many rural residents who aren’t aware of the incredible impact that gas extraction may have on their communities” says Chenango County resident Erin Heaton.
To address this problem, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy is mailing an informational brochure to over 190,000 households in the five target counties. It poses the question “Are you ready to be part of Governor Cuomo’s experiment?” The brochure describes industry exemptions from key environmental laws that can lead to drinking water contamination, and points out that individual property rights are no match for powerful gas drilling corporations. “In New York, the deck is stacked against the average citizen” says Catskill Citizens member Bruce Ferguson. “Industry lobbyists wrote a law that lets gas companies extract gas against the will of the property owner, and drilling is so dangerous that just having a gas lease can make it difficult to insure or sell a home.”
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