Thankfully Governor Cuomo has banned it!
I am convinced that hydrofracking should not be allowed in NY. The benefits are few and fleeting, the drawbacks many, varied, and devastatingly long lived. Besides the much talked about environmental issues there is a problem that I have not heard mentioned. Apparently pay day for the miners becomes like the wild, wild West in whatever town the miners are working. Crime goes up drastically: drunkenness, assault and theft. I don't think when it is said that fracking will increase jobs anyone thought of adding more police jobs. One only need to view the video entitled "Galef Goes to Gasland" to see what I'm talking about. Galef refers to Sandy Galef the Assemblywoman from Ossining. A couple of years ago she went to Pennsylvania to get first hand information on hydrofracking. This video is enlightening. It's available on YouTube.
"Fracking"cannot co-exist with NYS's well-established farming, tourist, wine & beer, and yoghourt industries that have provided and continue to provide our state with a solid income base each year. Fracking is a heavily industrialized process that will require billions of gallons each year of our fresh water resources. This water becomes so contaminated that it cannot be re-used. It is forever lost to the fresh water cycle.
In order to move the gas (mostly methane) that is extracted, a network of pipelines is being proposed, such as the 42-inch Spectra AIM pipeline that is now being considered, and that will traverse NYS in close proximity to the nuclear facility at Indian Point. It will also traverse NYC's Croton Watershed that can supply NYC with 30% of its water needs in times of drought.
Storage for fracking wastes will have to be provided. The Marcellus shale fracking wells from which these wastes originate have been proven to be highly radioactive. So far, NYS landfills have been accepting fracking wastes from Pennsylvania wells, because Pennsylvania does not allow radioactive wastes in their landfills. However, NYS does allow these wastes in its landfills. It does so by classifying them as "industrial" rather than "radioactive".
NYS's present industries and its beautiful landscapes cannot co-exist with fracking. It will have to be one or the other. We hope that New Yorkers will stay with what works, and improve on what is known, rather than pursue a course that might produce soma fast money, but ruin their inheritance.