OK. Gov. Cuomo signed a law that will prevent fracking in our state. That’s great but it’s not the end of the problem with the gas that is fracked in other states. New Yorkers, as well as others, can be physically harmed by events surrounding the transportation of this gas.
To the Editor,
I am pleased to see that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens and Health Commissioner Howard Zucker have reached a sane and reasoned decision on high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) within New York state. It is about time someone in government finally put science and public health ahead of corporate agendas and vague promises of “jobs and prosperity”.
However, there is a looming threat just as insidious as HVHF, and that is the threat of gas infrastructure buildout. As gas companies are extracting natural gas in states such as North Dakota, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, they want to move that gas as quickly as possible to export location facilities such as New York City, Cove Point Terminal in Lusby, Maryland, and/or the Iroquois Pipeline to Canada. In order to do this, companies are rushing into New York to build new pipelines or expand existing pipeline routes through the addition of gas compressor stations.