New York State Judge Upholds Ban on Fracking – a town actually can prevent carcinogens from being injected into their water!

Reuters reports that a New York state judge on Friday upheld an upstate New York ban on fracking, citing that towns have authority to regulate use of their land.  We believe this is good news, and find it unimaginable that a town could not be granted the right to ban oil companies from injecting known carcinogens into their water supply!

The blog is against fracking. We’ve read much of the literature on the subject, and understand the reasons why the practice has so much support (money, reduction of dependence on foreign oil, money, and money).  The more we tolerate and invest in fracking, the more we push back the timetable for renewables.

Speaking of money, there are billions to be made by those who solve our energy problems with renewables such as wind and solar!

2 thoughts on “New York State Judge Upholds Ban on Fracking – a town actually can prevent carcinogens from being injected into their water!

  1. James Richard Tyrer

    And what if the driller was using Halliburton’s new totally non-toxic fracking fluid concentrate? Would the ban then apply since they would not be using carcinogens? In any case, fracking fluid is injected thousands of feed below the aquifer so it is not being injected into the water supply. It is one thing to be anti-fracking, it is another to tell lies to promote that viewpoint.

    Our energy problems will not be solved by wind and solar PV. They will be solved by economically viable energy storage solutions that make inherently intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar PV practical.

    1. tomv99

      Thanks for the comment, and it’s good to see that at least part of the issue with fracking is being dealt with. But that doesn’t make fracking a process without major issues such as methane emissions.

      The purpose of this blog is not to delve into the fracking debate, however – there are plenty of people involved in that already. We just aim to support promising new technologies by giving them a bit more visibility.

      We agree strongly with your point in the second paragraph that we need economically viable storage solutions. We’ve blogged about several of those that are under development and are constantly looking for more.

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