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Governo Cuomo Signs New York Fracking Ban

December 22nd, 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo has approved of a New York fracking ban, the second statewide ban on the practice of hydraulic fracturing after Vermont. The New York fracking ban follows just a month after voters in Denton, Texas, approved a ban on the controversial drilling practice. The ban would prohibit fracking practices along the Marcellus Shale region, which extends from the southwest part of New York State into parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

New York Fracking Bans Started In Small Towns

Before Governor Cuomo signed the statewide New York fracking ban, several small towns in the area placed their own bans on the practice. The towns of Dryden and Middlefield enacted their own New York fracking bans after residents raised concerns about environmental damage and diminished land values. The oil companies sued to reverse the bans, but the New York Supreme Court upheld the bans under the “home rule” clause. This clause allows local governments to apply zoning and land-use laws in fracking applications.

Bitter History Behind New York Fracking Ban

Both sides of the New York fracking ban have engaged in contentious battles over the new technology. In 2008, land agents for oil and gas companies began offering mineral rights leases of up to $1,000 an acre for drilling in the Marcellus Shale area. On January 1, 2009, a gas well explosion in Dimock, Pennsylvania, raised concerns about the safety of fracking wells. In 2010, William T. Boria, a water resources specialist at the Chautauqua County Health Department, reported more than 140 complaints from residents about water quality issues near the shale wells.

Residents Hail New York Fracking Ban

Many local residents announced their approval of Governor Cuomo’s decision to approve the New York fracking ban. Dawn Lodor, an assistant manager at the GreenStar Natural Foods Market in Ithaca, was one of the organizers who sought a statewide New York fracking ban. She told a local newspaper that, when the announcement came that Governor Cuomo authorized the ban, customers and employees started applauding because “people had worked for this (enacting the ban) for so long.”

Landowners Feel “Robbed” By New York Fracking Ban

Not all residents were pleased with Governor Cuomo’s authorization of the statewide New York fracking ban. Dan Fitzsimmons, head of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, was quoted as saying the ban “was like a kick in the gut.” He also stated that members of his group, which represent landowners who had signed leases with the energy companies, had called him about the New York fracking ban and said that they “feel like they’ve been robbed.”

Source: Ithaca Journal

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