There Goes the Honeymoon

“The Cuomo administration is expected to lift what has been, in effect, a [New York] moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial technology used to extract natural gas from shale, people briefed on the administration’s discussions said on Thursday.” A Cuomo spokesbot calls it “baseless speculation and premature”. [NYT]


Looks like they’ll open areas that will hurt Republicans that aren’t environmentally ‘sensitive’. Though we live above the Marcellus Shale, close to its eastern edge, they won’t be blowing apart our landscape because all of NYC’s water comes from here – I can see the closest reservoir from the window – water they’ve spent several billions to protect.

NYC/NY state are the big landowners around here. Can they allow fracking on state land? This will be a big problem in traditionally Democratic regions, but the Republican central and western parts of the state will be all kinds of thrilled.

@Benedick HRH KFC: From what I read, they banned new drilling on state land as well as above primary aquifers. You should be OK.

Hey Catt, I just noticed that I’m getting an ad with a “come hither” photo of a very attractive young woman with the caption “Find Nice Filipinas Today.” I’m guessing they have a companion website . . .

@Dodgerblue: If they protect what needs to be protected and let drilling come to the western parts of the state I should think they’ll pretty much clinch a Democratic senate next go round.

@Dodgerblue: Last I heard from Pennsyltucky, they were so overwhelmed with 19th century delight about gushers that the guv’nor wanted to frack with state lands, as well.

@Nabisco: Sure, let the citizens drink Steel City beer. Who needs clean water?

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