Thursday, June 30, 2011

NYTimes Today: Cuomo Will Seek to Lift Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing

The Cuomo administration is seeking to lift what has been, in effect, a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial technology used to extract natural gas from shale, state environmental regulators said Thursday.

Drilling Down

A Times series examining the risks of natural gas drilling and efforts to regulate this rapidly growing industry.
Administration officials are proposing to ban the process inside New York City’s sprawling upstate watershed, as well as a watershed used by Syracuse, as well as underground water sources used by other cities and towns. By allowing the process in other parts of the state, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo would open up New York to one of the fastest-growing — critics would say reckless — areas of the energy industry.

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