Not everyone is thrilled with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent decision to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in New York. So much so that a group of upstate towns is now threatening to secede, with the hopes that frack-happy Pennsylvania will take them in.
Cuomo announced last December that he had decided not to life New York’s moratorium on fracking on the recommendation of Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, who cited studies highlighting the potential for “significant health risks” from the unconventional drilling process. “Would I live in a community [with fracking] based on the facts I have now?” he asked at a public cabinet meeting. “Would I let my child play in a school field nearby, drink water from the tap or grow vegetables from the soil? My answer is no.”