Why Fracking Should Be Allowed—A New York Perspective
By Jason Zheng
New York’s recent ban on hydraulic fracturing
delivers great news for environmentalist, however it is horrible news for those
living upstate. As the state government closes door on drilling, the people are
also seeing their economic opportunities fading. On August 2015 Thomas P.
DiNapoli—New York State Comptroller—compiled the New
York State Employment Trends and found that between 2009 and
2014, 538,000 jobs were added by the state of New York, with majority of these
jobs concentrated in New York City. The Southern Tier region lack
proper jobs and/or income for residents, and the only way to create economic
development is by fracking. Other regions such as—Mohawk Valley, Central New
York and North Country—experienced employment declines over five years, with lower rates of total wage growth.
Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch views the ban on fracking as a violation of property owners’ rights.
Residents and petroleum industry
were once optimistic and Governor Cuomo would allow fracking to occur in the
Southern Tier because the location is nearby the border of Pennsylvania.
However, these hope was lost after Cuomo announced he was banning fracking.
Upstate New York is continuing to
face the pressure of high taxes, regulatory burdens and lack of access to
natural resources under their property. DiNapoli has found that the people of
upstate are losing out on manufacturing and petroleum jobs.
The report states manufacturing jobs declined by 5% in New York for the
past five years, as compared to the growth of 3% nationally. The report also further states that the large increase in domestic oil
and natural gas production over the past five years contributed to the
employment growth at the national level. In the present day, residents a few
New York towns have made thoughts on the possibility of seceding from New York City to become part of the
Pennsylvania. The reasons for this is that Pennsylvania supports fracking which
it has regulated local economies and the state has lowered income taxes that
allowed businesses to thrive. However, this decision has yet made to be