Hydrofracking Debate Heats Up Among New York Farmers
We have all seen the lawn signs either promoting or–more likely–protesting the possibility of hydrofracking or “fracking” on public and private land in New York State. According to AP the debate has taken particular hold in the state’s farming community as some financially strapped members of that community have taken the initiative in trying to influence New York’s still evolving regulatory process. The major factor is, of course, economic.
“I go over the border(to Pennsylvania) and see people planting orchards, buying tractors, putting money back in their land,” said Dan Fitzsimmons, a Binghamton landowner who heads the 70,000-member Joint Landowners Coalition of New York. “We’d like to do that too, but instead we struggle to pay the taxes and to hang onto our farms.”
There are a number of considerations to think of when it comes to hydrofracking both economic and environmental which means some serious study must be given to the matter before any decisions are made.