Fracking in New York
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In June 2014, the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, ruled that cities and towns in New York have the right to block fracking within their borders, maintaining that the state's applicable laws do not "preempt the home-rule authority to regulate land use." Linda Lavine, a member of one of the town boards involved in the case, said, "This is simply a victory for local control. It is a victory for liberals and conservatives of all sorts. It is what democracy is all about." Frank Macchiarola, an executive at America's Natural Gas Alliance (an industry advocacy group), said, "A regime where you essentially have local control of the process at the township level is a challenge and is more problematic for companies than if you had a statewide program. The regulatory structure at the state level is substantially better for a number of reasons."
- See also: Fracking
Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is the process of injecting fluid -- mostly water and sand, but with additional chemicals -- into the ground at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks to release the oil and natural gas inside.
Recent technological advances in oil and gas drilling -- horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing -- have created a wealth of opportunities and challenges for states that have fossil fuel reserves that can be accessed through the combination of these two technologies and the industries that support them. The increased use of fracking has been an economic boon for states, not only those with fracking but also those with supporting industries, such as frac sand mining or associated machinery manufacturing.
Those opposed to fracking argue that the potential environmental and human health impacts could be large. Although wells have been fracked for over 65 years in the U.S., concerns have been raised over the ability for federal, state and local regulatory agencies to keep up with the growth and adequately protect the environment and human health. As with any type of energy extraction, either traditional or renewable, there are tradeoffs.
Natural gas use in New York
- For more information on energy consumption in New York, see "Energy policy in New York"
About one-third of New York's total energy consumed goes to the commercial sector, the residential sector is next largest consumer, followed by the transportation sector. The smallest consumer of energy in New York is the industrial sector.
Over half the homes in New York use natural gas as their main heating source, which is more than the national average. About 27 percent of homes use fuel oil, which is derived from petroleum. This figure is a great deal higher than the national average for fuel oil use, which is about six percent. New York residents use electricity to heat their homes at a much lower rate (only about 10 percent), compared to a national average of 35.4 percent.
|Consumption of energy for heating homes in New York|
|Source||New York 2011||U.S. average 2011|
|Liquid Petroleum Gases (LPG)||3.1%||5%|
There are 19 natural gas utilities in New York, most of which are owned and run through local governments.
|Where electricity comes from in New York|
|Type||Amount generated (MWh)||% of state**||% of U.S.**|
|Total net electricity generation||10,367||100%||0%|
|**Note: Because the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) does not include all of a state's energy production in these figures, the EIA totals do not equal 100 percent. Instead, we have generated our own percentages.|
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- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "New York Profile"
- Frac Focus, "National Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Registry"
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "New York Profile Analysis," updated December 18, 2013
- The Washington Post, "How two small New York towns have shaken up the national fight over fracking," July 2, 2014
- Bloomberg, "New York Towns Can Ban Fracking, State's Top Court Rules," June 30, 2014
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "New York State Energy Profile," updated December 18, 2013, accessed February 24, 2014
- New York State Public Service Commission, "Natural Gas Utilities regulated by NYSPSC," accessed February 24, 2014
- U.S. Energy Information Administration, "New York Profile Overview," accessed February 5, 2014
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