NEW YORK - A final hearing on proposals to lift a ban on natural gas drilling in New York state drew a crowd of protesters on Wednesday opposing further energy development in the state.
New York City hosted the last of four hearings to discuss the Department of Environmental Conservation's new rules that could open the state's borders next year to a controversial drilling technique known as fracking.
Albany, NY – State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) today offered an amendment on the floor to specifically hold companies and individuals responsible for environmental damage resulting from hydraulic fracturing for natural gas extraction. The amendment was proposed to S.702, sponsored by Sen. Joseph Robach (R-Greece), which would make environmental damage of property a crime in New York State when the damage was caused during the commission of another felony.
In this video clip, New York 1 focuses on on hydrofracking, following up on a letter sent by Sen. Krueger and some of her colleagues to the DEC. The letter demands a full accounting in the face of reports that proposed hydrofracking regulations were inappropriately leaked to the gas industry.
New York finds itself at a crossroads. We know that, with the technology and engineering methods currently in use, fracking is inherently dangerous and would result in irreversible harm to New Yorkers; health, our natural resources and our billion-dollar agricultural industry.
Yet the Cuomo administration is still officially reviewing how fracking impacts people’s health.
The state’s highest court recently upheld the rights of cities and towns to ban fracking within their borders. This is a step in the right direction, but pollutants caused by fracking will not conform to municipal boundaries. As elected officials, it is our job to weigh the facts and science, and then act to protect New Yorkers.
It is time for both houses of the state Legislature to pass a bill banning fracking — and for Gov. Cuomo to sign it.