Questions continue to surround the legality of local towns and municipalities enacting total bans of hydraulic fracturing as one environmental group sounds a new alarm about fracking. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.
Tuesday the Ulster county town of Olive enacted a year-long moratorium prohibiting fracking for natural gas - Wednesday, hydrofracking was the center of a jobs forum at Broome Community College.
Thursday, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein issued an Executive Order effectively banning "fracking brine" county-wide.
Which brings us to "Don't Frack Fridays" - Catskill Mountainkeeper's initiative imploring citizens to call the Governor's office each Friday to voice opposition to fracking. The group now trying to raise awareness about fracking using liquid propane - Ramsay Adams is Executive Director of Catskill Mountainkeeper - he calls the practice "dangerous."
Kyle Ward is director of marketing and public relations for GasFrac Energy Services of Alberta Canada, the company that pioneered the technology that eliminates the need for the millions of gallons of water that are needed to frack each well. Ward believes LPG could eventually become the preferred fracking agent.
A group of landowners in Tioga County in the Southern Tier of New York State reached an agreement with GasFrac Energy Services and eCorp to open up 130,000 acres to gas drilling and to use LPG as a fracking agent.
Mountainkeeper insists LPG fracking doesn’t solve the problem of methane leaks.