DEC To Allow Limited Fracking

Liz Benjamin over at State of Politics reports on the state DEC plan to allow gas exploration in NY’s Southern Tier.

Approximately 85 percent of the Marcellus Shale would be accessible to natural gas extraction under these recommendations.

The DEC decision is one that I have been recommending since 2010. I recently wrote an op-ed unmasking the “Phony fears on Fracking. Kudos goes out to Governor Cuomo for allowing science, not hysteria, to guide state environmental and economic development policies.

Readers may recall my debate on with actor Mark Ruffalo and “Gasland” filmmaker Josh Fox last December on NY1.

NY1 Online: Hydrofracking Debate On “Inside City Hall” 12/13/10

Actor and Activist Mark Ruffalo, filmmaker Josh Fox, Bronx Assemblyman Michael Benjamin and Lenape Resources President John Holko debate the issue of hydrofracking on Monday’s edition of “Inside City Hall.”

About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email
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