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New York may allow fracking where counties, townships approve

By Bob Downing Published: June 13, 2012

It appears that limited drilling for natural gas with hydraulic fracturing or fracking may be coming to New York state.

The New York Times reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo will soon announce a plan that will allow hydraulic fracturing in a few select counties in New York, most of them along or near the border with Pennsylvania.

His plan would  limit fracking to only those counties and townships within those counties that actually want drilling -- at least for “the next several years.”

The reason for limiting drilling is to “reduce the risk of groundwater contamination," the New York Times said.

Cuomo appears to be trying to placate both sides of the fracking debate, says Marcellus Drilling News.

But the plan means that debate will continue in New York for years to come.

New York has a self-imposed moratorium against fracking that has been in place for four years.

New York has been looking at lifting that moratorium.





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