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  •  The distance enboldens. (11+ / 0-)

    Those making the decision either don't live in the area or can afford to move.
    If the decision makers had to live in the immediate area of fracking and were forced to drink the water, you better believe the resources would be guarded at all cost.

    I live in upstate NY in the northwestern Finger Lakes region, atop a portion of the Marcellus Shale. We have been fighting fracking in our area for a couple of years. The horror stories coming out of our neighbor, Pennsylvania of flammable tap water are fodder for the fight.
    It is mostly clueless/corrupt politicians and landowners greedy for their contracted take of the spoils (pun intended) that oppose us, but, at this time, they are losing the fight.
    The Marcellus Shale of NY state covers the western third to half of the state, including the Finger Lakes where tourism and vineyards are the profit-makers. Spoil the water table and the economy and the towns and cities die. Why is it so hard for our governor to grasp? At least he is delaying a decision on fracking pending further study. Cynical though I might be, if he is waiting out the oppostion, he will be dead, buried and become dust before that opposition wavers.
    Amazing that, in the 21st century, we still have "leaders" who are vague on the importance of potable water to human survival. But then:

    Greed breeds stupidity, especially the willful kind.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:45:40 AM PST

    •  it looks like cuomo is trying to get a foot in... (6+ / 0-)

      the door for fracking in new york.  the last i heard, he chose five of the poorest counties in new york and was working to allow fracking to take place there.  so far, he hasn't had much luck with that, but it's a strategy that has a chance of working which must be fought tooth and nail.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:06:18 AM PST

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      •  Cuomo is only interested in his political future (6+ / 0-)

        If he thought it would help him out, he would open the state up tomorrow. The best way to stop fracking form being started in New York State is to make sure that it is seen as politically unhealthy to allow it. Grass roots opposition that is vocal and vigilant is required.

      •  Waaaay back in the 1980s, a company from Alberta (6+ / 0-)

        Canada had a pipeline plan that extended diagonally down across VT and from there across a tiny corner of NH. It was pretty much a done deal, until a local oilman from VT actually came knocking at our door, upset about the competition.
             That was his motivation, but I still thank him for bringing it to our attention in the neighborhood it was about to go through, because then I was prepared and understood what was going on when they showed up here. The oil people walked through my property and flagged trees, etc. without asking, then showed me paperwork that said they could do whatever the hell they wanted for a mile & 1/2 on either side of the line they had marked. That pretty much covered the space from my property to the Connecticut River.
             The oil people lied to my neighbor the logger, saying they were from the USGS, but for whatever reason they told the truth to the local housewives.
             Long story short, such a fuss was made locally that far away investors got scared and pulled their money out of the project, collapsing it at the last moment. So I always encourage the local movements, (recently I went on a motorcycle through the NY area with all the anti-fracking signs-really brought home to me how this is never over.)
             The other thing they lied about was the brilliant quote, "these things never blow up"...they said, as they designed it to go under the playground of a local elementary school, and told me that I shouldn't worry 'cause there was a shutoff valve somewhere near Keene (about 30 miles away). I wasn't impressed though, since we once had a train derailment at night that dumped diesel fuel in the river and all the local radio stations were Clear Channel set on a timer so there was no one home to do breaking news.

    •  Can you follow Vermont and make fracking illegal? (6+ / 0-)

      What can we do to help you?

      Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by CIndyCasella on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:14:37 AM PST

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