Fracking in New York is one of the very first extended coverage projects of JP [INFLUENCE].
New York's decision on whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method for extracting natural gas, is particularly significant due to the substantial resources available within the Marcellus shale; a decision to ban fracking would be a clear choice in terms of economic and environmental values. What's more, as fracking hype grows around the globe, New York's decision may help set precedent for others looking to duplicate the shale gas boom currently sweeping through the United States.
Currently, a moratorium on fracking is in place state-wide, since 2010. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has delayed making a decision about hydraulic fracturing, with various reports, comment requests, and the United States general election of 2012 potentially impacting his decisions - (Cuomo, allegedly, has aspirations to run for President in 2016 or beyond). What's more, the recent embarrassment of closing the "Shale Resources and Society Institute" at SUNY Buffalo further complicates the affair, both internally for New York state, and in terms of academic material regarding fracking, in general.
There will be continued coverage on this Learnist Board: