POLITICS (National, State/New York): Fracking, New York, statewide ban, economic impact, "southern tier": "In New York state, fracking ban fuels secession talk" ....
* Los Angeles Times: "In New York state, fracking ban fuels secession talk" - From the LAT:
From this village of dairy farms and friendly diners, Carolyn Price can see across the border into Pennsylvania, and it is a bittersweet view. The rolling hills a few miles away are as green as the ones here, and the Susquehanna River is icy and beautiful on both sides of the state line as it meanders toward the Atlantic. Price sees something else, though: towns brimming with money extracted from the gas-rich Marcellus Shale, where the high-pressure drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has spurred an economic boom.
It is a different story here on the New York side, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo in December declared a statewide ban on fracking — one of only two in the country — saying he was not convinced it is safe.
The national debate over fracking, which critics say can pollute groundwater and endanger public health, heated up last week when the Obama administration announced the first-ever federal regulations on the practice. But nowhere is fracking as heated an issue as in the stretch of New York known as the southern tier, where Cuomo's ban has spurred talk of secession.
Political leaders like Price, Windsor's town supervisor, say secession is not such a farfetched idea, and they are gathering feedback from constituents to see whether there is support for a breakaway movement
Windsor is one of about 15 towns in New York's southern tier where secession is being eyed, if not as an attainable goal than as a radical proposal aimed at grabbing state lawmakers' attention and forcing them to take notice of the region's desperation ...................