13 Jun '12, 6pm

gas

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (@nygovcuomo ) appears to be closing in on a plan for extracting natural gas while limiting environmental risks in the state, as reported today by Danny Hakim for The Times. A New York Plan to Regulate Fracking The plan, as described by senior state officials to Hakim, is to proceed only in the deeper parts of the Marcellus Shale , the subterranean rock formation that holds vast amounts of gas, and only in communities that support gas drilling — which would unavoidably involve the productive but contentious process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of the shale layers deep underground. On the latter point, the governor is, in essence, conceding to the effort by some communities to exert home rule in blocking this industrial activity but saying home rule cuts both ways. Having traveled earlier this spring in communities along the New Yo...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/cuomos-wise-...

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