October 31, 2015

Community Impacts Beyond Fracking: Midstream Challenges of Natural Gas Development

Beth Kinne

Governor Andrew Cuomo banned hydraulic fracturing in December 2014, a few months after New York’s high court held that state regulation of the oil and gas industry did not preempt local governments’ attempts to prohibit activities inconsistent with municipal land use laws, including oil and gas development.2 Cuomo cited a New York Department of Health report that found a high level of uncertainty about the safety of hydraulic fracturing and the potential for significant negative health impacts.3 Pro-gas development groups protested the loss of revenue and jobs. Environmentalists lauded the ban as a key victory for human and environmental health.

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