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Governor Cuomo is indicating he may very soon release a plan to begin limited hydrofracking in New York, but the state legislature left for the summer without acting on any  legislation that would speed up the process, or slow it down.
There have been reports for some time now that the  Cuomo Administration would soon  begin to allow limited hydraulic fracturing by gas drilling companies in  some  Southern Tier in communities  where most of the residents want fracking.

Earth Day came and went in New York  without too much discussion of what many environmentalists believe to be the biggest issue facing the state- when and where the gas drilling process known as hydrofracking will  occur.

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According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, 13 states: 

  • Are unsure or don't know where some of their natural gas pipelines are located, or
  • Have little or no information on pipeline reliability.

But according to New York officials, we're not one of them.

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Why is there such a big fuss over fracking?

According to Karen Moreau, who heads the New York State Petroleum Council, environmentalists have stirred up the controversy as a fundraising tool.

“It’s part of a movement to enrich the environmental groups,” she says, “Because through hysteria, and creating an environment of fear, it certainly does cause people to support the mission of some of these groups.”

Environmentalists, obviously, disagree with that assertion.

Where do drillers want to frack?

Jan 16, 2012

Pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (2007-present):

If New York State allows hydrofracking, where would it happen?

With the help of officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), we used the agency's searchable online oil and gas database to find out precisely where drilling companies have applied for hydrofracking permits.

So what does this map mean?