Frack Target: Marcellus Shale
Water Resources at Stake: Hudson River, Finger Lakes, Skaneateles Lake and New York City watersheds
Like Pennsylvania, New York sits atop the Marcellus Shale deposit. But unlike Pennsylvania—which has served as a poster child for gas development gone wrong—New York has taken a more cautious route than its next-door neighbor. After widespread public pressure from people worried that fracking could contaminate drinking water sources for millions of residents both upstate and in New York City, horizontal drilling for shale gas has effectively been halted until the State finishes a comprehensive environmental impact review.
Unfracktured Communities – Fighting Fracking: In 2011, the Dryden, NY Town Board voted to clarify that oil and gas development—including fracking—would not be permitted within town borders under the town’s zoning ordinance. The town was one of the first communities in New York State to do so. Six weeks later, Dryden was sued by a billionaire-owned oil and gas company. The town fought and won three rounds in court, going all the way up to the state's highest court. Its ban will remain in effect.
In recent years, more than 170 communities in New York State have joined Dryden in passing bans or moratoriums on fracking.
Fraccidents: Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred in New York. Click on any fraccident to learn more.
Groups Fighting Fracking in New York
Cooperstown — Otsego County Conservation Association
Cortland — Gas Drilling Awareness for Cortland County
Delhi — Un-NaturalGas.org
Farmingdale — Citizens Campaign for the Environment
Fremont Center — Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
Ithaca — Marcellus Accountability Project for Tompkins County, Shale Shock, Residents Opposing Unsafe Shale-gas Extraction (ROUSE), Fleased, Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network
Montour Falls — Coalition to Protect New York
New Paltz — Frack Action
Ossining — Riverkeeper
Richmondville — Schoharie Valley Watch
Youngsville — Catskill Mountainkeeper