Photo of the Week: Fracking

Ban Fracking Now

Rally to Restore Sanity | Photo taken by author

This week’s photo was taken by me at the Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington D.C. on October 30, 2010. I am posting it, because earlier this month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement which offers new guidelines on how the state would regulate fracking. The preliminary draft will be updated with additional analysis later in the year after which a public comment period will be initiated, while the current hydrofracking ban will stay in place until a full review is completed. The guidelines keep the New York City and Syracuse watersheds off-limits, but would open up a large portion of the state for drilling the Marcellus Shale. The Nyack News & Views reports that state law still gives towns the ability to implement their own zoning strategies, and “many have been using zoning laws to keep fracking outside municipal limits.”

Also last week, This American Life began airing an episode entitled “Game Changer” discussing the science, politics, and planning related to natural gas and concerns over fracking. Of particular interest to our crowd will be Act Two of the segment which discusses the conflict that was created by a conditional zoning ordinance that officials in the town of Mt. Pleasant, PA were trying to implement. From the website:

“Sarah takes us to Mt. Pleasant, PA, where a gas exploration company called Range Resources has leased 95% of the township’s land. This led to a standoff between Mt. Pleasant and Range, starting with zoning disputes and ending in a full scale PR war—a war in which the town was seriously outgunned.”

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  1. Pingback: Photo of the Week: Fracking (via Encountering Urbanization) « Urban Choreography

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