Who Should Regulate? Judge’s Ruling Complicates Hydrofracking Issue in New York

This article from the New York Times outlines the issues in New York surrounding the debate around drilling of the Marcellus Shale site. 

The article provides numerous problems with the decision to allow local governments to ban hydro fracking, even if the state government allows it. Problems include a possible “checkerboard effect” of regulations that would be difficult for mining businesses to comply with. Also, a local landowner complains that “the cours is sending a message to New York towns that it is acceptable to deny New York landowners the right to market their minerals.”

On the other hand, there is only a small section at the end (the last paragraph) and near the beginning (the fourth paragraph) that show any kind of support for opposition to hydrofracking. All it says about those who support the decision to allow local governments to ban the procedure is that they’re happy to have this decision in their arsenal against hydrofracking. 

Do you think there could have been more balance to the article? What could the author have included in support of the decision to allow local governments to ban fracking?

-Rachael Minore


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Senior Political Science major/PiTE minor at the University of Michigan. Three year Varsity Rower, Big Ten Champion, Varsity Letterwinner.

One Response to “Who Should Regulate? Judge’s Ruling Complicates Hydrofracking Issue in New York”

  1. This article most definitely needed a couple read-throughs to fully understand the separation of opinions between New York state and the cities and towns within. I agree that the article leans more toward the cities and counties, but because the ruling of the judge of New York was clear at the beginning, the more information added surrounding the state as a whole, the more complicated the article would become.
    Though the article focused on NY, it would have been interesting to read about other cities in states with the same issue and to see whether or not they are dealing with hydrofracking in the same manner.
    Thinking about the outcome hydrofracking as a “checkerboard effect” made me as a reader better understand the consequences of the process, and why this is such a hot button issue in the country.
    Though it will take years, I am interested to see if Americans will be more informed about hydrofracking and if they begin to take more of a stance on the debate.

    -Joanie Leider

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