ALBANY — Stung by reports New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could approve hydraulic fracturing in this state, fracking opponents have become like an unwanted shadow, showing up at public appearances to get their grievances before the cameras. The latest backdrop is a ‘Yogurt Summit’, set for Wednesday by Cuomo to discuss the impact state regulations are having on dairy farmers.
Frackers argue that the controversial gas extraction process could harm ground water also used for dairy production, using a Pennsylvania State University study to support their claims. As Politics on the Hudson writes, the study’s conclusion of a drop in dairy production doesn’t categorically point to fracking as the villain, however.
Despite the fuzziness of the argument, a number of groups will likely be uninvited guests at today’s ‘Summit,’ including Frack Action, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Catskill Mountainkeepers and NYPIRG. Their rallying cry: “Save our yogurt, ban fracking.”
Not all dairy farmers are against fracking. Indeed, some see leasing their mineral rights to gas exploration companies as a way to offset the heavy property taxes.
After today’s event, fracking opponents prepare to ghost Cuomo at the upcoming New York State Fair.