July 13, 2015

THE FRACKERS ARE SAVING CIVILIZATION. THE PEOPLE JOINING THEM ARE PATRIOTS. NY Farmers Look to Circumvent Fracking Ban.

It says something about the opportunity this group of farmers sees in shale, that they’d be willing to go to these lengths to circumvent the ban. When that ban became official, we pointed out that such a blanket approach would inevitably alienate landowners keen on reaping the economic benefits from shale production, especially in a part of the country still looking for ways to replace bygone heavy industry.

Mineral rights allow individuals to choose whether or not they’d like to live with the drawbacks that hydraulic fracturing brings with it: noise, trucks, and as with any energy source, risks. Taking that choice away seems a ham-fisted way to deal with the controversial drilling practice. And in south central NY, there’s already work underway to circumvent that policy.

Maybe Cuomo will gradually retreat from his idiotic ban, as he appears to be doing with his equally idiotic SAFE Act.

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