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.
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.
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.