“I am extremely disappointed in today’s announcement from Governor Cuomo which bans hydraulic fracturing. This move effectively blocks the development of natural gas and oil resources in New York State. This is devastating news for the Southern Tier economy and its residents who are struggling every day. This decision makes it even more difficult to replace the good jobs that have already left due to New York’s unfriendly business climate. Once again Albany shows that it wants to enact an extreme liberal agenda rather than care about individual property rights and job opportunities. I care about Southern Tier residents and will fight for them every day. Simply put this extreme liberal agenda is not right and not fair for our future.”–Rep. Tom Reed
- This move may block hydraulic fracking in NYS, but certainly doesn’t block the development of oil and gas resources by other means.
- It certainly isn’t devastating news for the many citizens who desire clean air and water.
- That NYS is unfriendly to business is a frequent claim by those who seek profits with little regard for public health and safety.
- Fewer jobs would need to be replaced if the GOP had done more to prevent the 2008 crash or to promote economic recovery.
- Extreme liberal agenda? I think not. Preserving and protecting our natural environment is a conservative position.
- Putting property rights first isn’t fair at all to citizens who deserve and desire an unspoiled environment.
I’m sure Tom is disappointed, but I am elated. Now if we can only make this decision stick. Tom says he favors state’s rights, but in this case he would likely be only too willing to override them. As he says, he will fight every day for us for fracking.
© William Hungerford – December 2014