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NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry in Precedent-Setting Case
June 30, 2014
Albany, NY — Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.
In a test case pitting community rights against the oil and gas industry, the Court ruled that the towns of Dryden and Middlefield can use local zoning laws to ban heavy industry, including oil and gas operations, within municipal borders.
"Today the Court stood with the people of Dryden and the people of New York to protect their right to self determination. It is clear that people, not corporations, have the right to decide how their community develops," said Dryden Deputy Supervisor Jason Leifer.
a reply to: LDragonFire
The potential to poison the air and ground water is great, but really fracturing the Earths crust seems like a new level of insanity, really what could go wrong?
a reply to: stormcell
My fear is that when there is another earthquake, these fractured layers wil act as a fluid or a mechanical spring and actually amplify the earthquake. Then all those chemicals that were pumped underwater will be forced into aquifers or up onto the surface.
Fracking could be combined with carbon capture plans
Talk about a win-win situation. Compressed carbon dioxide may be more suitable than water for fracturing methane-rich rock – a finding that could help the growing hydraulic fracturing industry extract more natural gas from spent fields. And because the carbon dioxide is then trapped below ground, the discovery could also spur the development of large-scale carbon sequestration.