“I am not going to put the health at risk for jobs”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today defended the state’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing, saying the state can’t jeopardize the public’s health for the jobs the drilling could create.
He called the presentation at a cabinet meeting Wednesday by acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker “powerful” as Zucker laid out the case against fracking and warned that he wouldn’t let his kids near fracking wells.
“When the public health commissioner says, ‘I wouldn’t let my family live in an area that is doing high-volume fracking,’ that is very sobering, and frankly, that is enough for me,” Cuomo told reporters today. “Because if the state health commissioner doesn’t want his kids living there, I don’t want my kids living there, and I don’t want any New Yorkers’ kids living there. “So that really took my breath away that comment, and I thought it was very powerful,”
He added that, “I am not going to put the health at risk for jobs. I’m not going to make that choice. I believe we can have jobs, and they can be in healthy communities, and we don’t have to run the risk of hurting our children or creating health hazards to create jobs. That’s a false choice.”
“I don’t want to choose between jobs and health, nobody wants to make that choice.”
Speaking at the regular meeting of the Liaison Committee, Prime Minister David Cameron said that the government was not offering subsidies to shale operations, but merely providing tax-based incentives to encourage the industry to develop.
Mr Cameron has previously stated that the coalition would go “all out” for shale gas as reserves are estimated to potentially supply the UK for thirty years.
He advocated carbon cuts but only in the cheapest ways possible, as to not pass heavy increases in energy onto consumers and views shale gas as a key element of diversifying the UK energy sector.
Breaking: NY rules against hydrofracking
New York’s health and environmental commissioners today rejected the prospect for hydraulic fracturing in New York, saying that health risks, the potential of local bans and limited available land would outweigh the benefits of the controversial drilling technique.
The conclusions by the state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker brings to an end the state’s uncertainty over whether it would proceed with fracking. The state has had a de facto moratorium since 2008.
Lancashire County Council have once again changed the dates of the hearings for Preston New Road & Roseacre Wood.
Conversations on the negative environmental and public health impacts of shale gas development continue to play out in the media, in policy discussions, and among the general public. But what does the science actually say? While research continues to lag behind the rapid scaling of shale gas development, there has been a surge of peer-reviewed scientific papers published in recent years. In fact, of all the available scientific peer-reviewed literature on the impacts of shale gas development approximately 73% has been published since January 1, 2013.
Infrastructure Bill gets 2nd reading
A typical Stupid comment from Peter Lilley (Conservative, Hitchin and Harpenden)
” Why on earth is it a sin to drill a hole a mile from where we live and separated from us by a mile of rock, when we do not prevent people from walking through woods as long as they cause no damage? I think we can dismiss the trespass argument. Of course, if there is damage on the surface from such activities, it is right and proper that people are compensated for that disturbance.”
The UK government is going ahead with its plans to commence fracking across more than half of the country, hoping that it will boost the economy and provide an abundant supply of natural gas.
Critics of the process argue that it contaminates groundwater and damages the environment and public health. A grassroots resistance movement has emerged to fight the introduction of fracking in the UK, and it appears to be gaining momentum throughout the country.
VICE News travels to Blackpool, Lancashire, to see the fractivists in action. The seaside resort town is at the center of a David and Goliath battle between local residents and the energy company Cuadrilla over fracking in the region, which is believed to have one of the largest shale gas reserves in the Northern Hemisphere.
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A video on the impacts of Shale Gas on a local community
Hannah Petersen (TC) :
The recent confidence in shale gas was likely premature, according to several new reports published in the US. In particular a study from the University of Texas claims the US boom will tail off by 2020 and not keep going to 2040 as previous less thorough analyses have predicted. To anyone who has been closely following the industry in recent years, this difference in predictions will not be surprising, of course.