Just as many populous and urban areas in and bordering the shale have passed moratoriums on fracking, there are communities in the southern part of the state that have explicitly approved of it. And that’s largely the way it should be. Hydrofracking will have dramatic local effects — be they good or bad — and it should be up to the people in those localities to decide whether to accept or reject them rather than try to solve the problem wholesale.
Cuomo is on the right track by pursuing a solution that allows locals to make their own decisions. Let’s hope these efforts to allow greater local control on a troublesome issue find a foothold and are fruitful. If you are passionate about the issue one way or another (or if, like us, you feel it’s something that should be left up to smaller communities) we urge you to contact your legislators and the governor’s office and make your opinions known. Contact the latter by calling 474-8390 and find your Assembly and Senate representatives by visiting assembly.state.ny.us and nysenate.gov.