Following Up: Hydrofracking's Popularity in the Marcellus Region

Friday, October 05, 2012

Jonathon Campbell, correspondent for the Gannett Albany Bureau, which includes papers in Binghamton, Ithaca and Elmira and Poughkeepsie, Westchester and Rochester, follows up on a listener comment that not everyone in the Southern Tier of New York State supports hydrofracking despite its economic promise.


Jonathon Campbell

Comments [4]

As I am clicking away on my laptop my attention was captured by your conversation regarding fracking in central New York. I was taken aback by your reference to those who "don't want their children to move away". Brian would never have been so dismissive about a part of a community as being by implication not worth as much as the rest of us with "higher ambitions". This is not the first time I have found your condescending comments irritating and appreciate, as I do over and over again, Brian's contribution to WNYC and the New York City community. I recommend his show to my children in Connecticut, Maryland, and North Carolina.

Oct. 05 2012 11:58 AM
Marilyn from Walton NY

there was no discussion of the economic losses from hydrofracking- that tourism, organic farming (or farming at all), any food related industry, fishing hunting all will be lost. Property values drop in areas where there is hydrofracking. There is no economic long term gain in areas where there is hydrofracking why was this left out?
Its a boom and bust industry in which very few make money, and primarily those who make money are not living in the area at all

Oct. 05 2012 11:40 AM
John from Manhattan

The gas has been locked in the shale for tens of thousands of years. It is going nowhere. I don't think it unreasonable to wait say, ten years, while the hydrofracking zealots in Pennsylvania act as guinea pigs. If it proves to be safe, then New York State can with confidence proceed.

Oct. 05 2012 11:38 AM
amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

_The New York Fracking Debate: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close_

"...Statewide, the polling pretty much shows an equal split (44 support – 43 oppose). But you’re right about the opinion in certain areas as mentioned in the NYT Green Blog post that I link to, where author Peter Appelbome writes: “But polls, some more scientific than others, in many of the areas most likely to see gas drilling tend to show overwhelming opposition of two-thirds or more, particularly to horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a controversial process that injects chemicals and massive amounts of water into shale to free natural gas.” (Ken Jaffe of Slope Farms cites Pulse Opinion Research that shows 72 percent of respondents in Delaware County and 69 percent in Sullivan County oppose “fracking in their towns.”)

...The reality is while many voices are in opposition to fracking, some are calling for it to proceed (and they have Cuomo’s ear). Fractivists are starting to change that reality through groundswell opposition, but there is still a ways to go."

Oct. 05 2012 11:34 AM

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