New York Residents Tire of Cuomo’s Shale Delay

New York is coming up on its five and half-year anniversary for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.  For more than a half decade, Governor Andrew Cuomo has dangled hope in front of residents in New York’s Southern Tier but refused to follow through, even as many of them live in dire economic straits.  Unsurprisingly, a recent snap poll by the Rochester Business Journal shows nearly two-thirds of the 540 respondents are exhausted by the delay and empty promises from the administration, and they are ready to move forward with responsible, job-creating development.

Here’s the first relevant question from the poll:

Is Gov. Andrew Cuomo right to continue to delay a decision on use of hydraulic fracturing in New York?

Yes: 35%

No: 65%  

For the past 15 months the Cuomo administration has been presumably working on a health impact study, which the decision on allowing shale development will be based on (or so we’re told).  This past May, Governor Cuomo stated the study would be done in “several weeks.” But like all of his promises, several weeks have come and gone.  In November, Cuomo stated it would be done before the 2014 general election.  Every time a promise to move forward is broken, the people who suffer are hardworking Americans.

A second question from the poll was even more telling:

In your view, should New York allow use of hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale?

Yes: 65%

No: 35%

Given the amount of energy New York uses as compared to the rest of the United States, this question is a no brainer. New York residents are saying loud and clear: our state should develop this resource and allow the Southern Tier to get back to work.

Besides being one of the largest energy users in the United States, New York is also one of the largest users of natural gas.  Take for example New York City, according to a 2011 report by ICF International:

Approximately 57 percent of New York City’s energy use is fueled by natural gas, either directly through on-site combustion to heat and cool buildings, or indirectly through the use of gas at power plants to generate electricity.” (emphasis added)

Fast forward to today and take a look at how electricity is generated in New York:

EIA NY electricity

Cheap, abundant, clean-burning natural gas is out in front, which should come as no surprise: Even Gov. Cuomo recently announced a plan to repower and expand the Dunkirk Power Plant by converting it to a 435 megawatt natural gas facility, touting the fuel’s economic and environmental benefits for the Empire State.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Marcellus Shale formation – part of which underlies the Southern Tier of New York – holds 141 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas.  Given the excellent track record of shale development through hydraulic fracturing, and the strong support from New York residents, there’s just no reason for Governor Cuomo to delay development any further.

Comments

  1. JFort says:

    hypocrites. are you surprised?

  2. Vil says:

    The health impact studie, is a sientific document, that is neeaded, in order for the lawmakers, can go forward to lay down rules, for P&E projects.

    This is the sound and legitime way of dooing business.
    First you ensure that hydralic fracturing, is a responsable method, of producing the needed gas.
    Second, you secure, that the price of natural gas, is cheap for Ney Yorkers.
    Third, and only third, you give the green light, when all questions, to the first and the second answer is found.

    • Bill Owen says:

      This particular health study is NOT needed. The DOH was a participant in the development of the SGEIS from early on. Additionally there was a report from the DOH in early 2012 that was leaked (Cuomo would not allow its formal release) that showed that hydraulic fracturing could be done safely. Nope, this study is purely a delaying move – it’s been almost a year since the outside experts completed their work and Dr. Shah said it was only ‘weeks’ until he was done. And repeated that several times. Why? not for valid scientific reasons, only because it is what Cuomo wants; he is under the misguided notion that a big re-election victory will pave the way to the White House for him. Sorry, Andy – game over on that one!

    • Frank Chernega says:

      First – To my knowledge, lawmakers do not make rules for drilling. That is the job of the DEC because they have all the experts and technical expertise, not the legislature. Second – hydraulic fracturing must be a responsible way to extract gas as there are now 32 states who have permitted it including California whose governor, Jerry Brown, an ardent environmentalist, passed their regs in 1 year! Third – nat gas is by far and away the cleanest and cheapest way to generate heat and electricity and has been for all of my 62 yrs in NY state. Those who are against high volume hydraulic fracturing and pipelines have blood on their hands by stonewalling the use and extraction of nat gas. How you ask? Because dirty, air – polluting coal fired plants should be converted ASAP to nat gas to help alleviate the many lung diseases that can be traced back to coal burning not to mention the 24/7 emission of mercury into our air and water. The anti-frackers are helping to kill people and extend the suffering of those with lung ailments.

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