State Senator Tony Avella held a public forum this week aiming to dissuade the public from supporting the controversial natural gas drilling procedure. Mr. Avella’s event followed a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo that he is considering permitting it in five counties near the Pennsylvania border: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Steuben and Tioga.
For the uninitiated, hydraulic fracturing involves injecting a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open rock formations, which contain gas. It has been going on since 1947, but many environmentalists are in a seemingly sudden, even apocalyptic panic mode over the issue, especially in New York. They raise concerns fracking could cause air pollution and contaminate critical groundwater supplies by releasing methane gas and toxic chemicals. One attendee at Mr. Avella’s event even claimed that, if fracking isn’t stopped, we are facing a situation similar to that in the film The Day After Tomorrow.
Mitt Romney’s newest web video accuses President Barack Obama and the Department of Energy of using a stimulus program to spur green jobs to pay off their friends by giving money to failing business ventures run by Democratic donors. The commercial highlights three energy companies that received loan guarantees through a DOE program and later lost money or went bankrupt; Solyndra, ECOTality, SunPower and First Solar. The ad alleges these companies received the cash because of their ties to the Obama ddministration and the Democratic Party.