For over a year, NY’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has been sitting on a study which shows fracking is safe with proper regulation!
The NY Times reported on the NY State Department of Health study which says fracking can be done safely. The report was never published and has been hidden by Governor Cuomo.
The NY State Petroleum Council praised the report: “These reports confirm what has been clear for some time now: sensible regulations can ensure safe natural gas development will protect land, water and public health.”
Extremist environmentalists are trying to stop fracking or tax it into oblivion though the EPA has not found their concerns about it infiltrating drinking water to be valid. New Yorkers Against Fracking are raging against the report. Don’t confuse them with the facts.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been considering the matter as he decides whether to approve the practice. New York is the only state that has a complete ban on fracking. [Oh, and did I mention we are $20 billion in the hole and fracking could help us out of that?]
When we tried to use nuclear to get off foreign oil, Jane Fonda came out with her movie, “China Syndrome,” and the war against nuclear power began though we don’t mind if the Iranians enrich uranium to weapons-grade level. That movie was full of misconceptions. It was actually fantastical.
The movie, “Erin Brockavitch,” came out to demonize gas and electric, claiming they contaminated drinking water in the small town of Hinckley, causing cancer in many inhabitants. To this day Brokavitch claims it was accurate for the most part.
The facts say otherwise. A study released in 2010 by the California Cancer Registry showed that cancer rates in Hinkley “remained unremarkable from 1988 to 2008.” An epidemiologist involved in the study said that “the 196 cases of cancer reported during the most recent survey of 1996 through 2008 were less than what he would expect based on demographics and the regional rate of cancer.”
The war on oil and gas heated up as a result of this fictitious movie.
Now we have Matt Damon’s latest movie “Promised Land” which invents a case against fracking. Damon hopes to limit or stop the best thing that has happened to our economy in decades. Fracking is creating a boon in states like North Dakota where it is permitted.
Hollywood has become a powerful and damaging force in our culture and for our development as a nation but hopefully this movie will bomb.
Meanwhile, the biggest bird destroyers – wind mills – are still not cost effective in NY but are continuing to deplete taxpayer funding.
Meanwhile, Matt Damon was unaware that the United Arab Emirates helped fund his film:
You would think he’d wonder why they did.
Lisa Jackson, formerly of the EPA, said there is only an upside to fracking. [Maybe that’s why she was pushed out?]
Jackson said fracking is “perfectly capable of being clean” but requires technology innovators to make sure it’s done right, according to the Asbury Park Press. Jackson added “smart regulation” is needed.
via yahoo news
* During a U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing last year, Jackson testified she was not aware of any water contamination case proved to have been caused by fracking. The Asbury Park Press reports EPA groundwater impact investigations are ongoing and a final report is expected by the end of the year.
* Environmental activists continue to work to enact fracking bans and feel empowered by the recent New York Supreme Court ruling upholding home rule statutes to prevent local drilling, according to the New York Post. New York is the only state with a “blanket” ban on fracking. Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens is still reviewing the state’s review of statewide and municipal powers to prevent natural gas exploration.
Check out this documentary tomorrow:
In the documentary, Journalist Phelim McAleer faces threats, cops and bogus lawsuits questioning green extremists for the truth about fracking. McAleer uncovers fracking facts suppressed by environmental activists, and he talks with rural Americans whose livelihoods are at risk if fracking is banned. Emotions run high… hat tip to Grace Colucci