Good Wednesday morning. Here’s a glance at opinion content published today in The Journal News.
We advise members of the state Senate to follow the lead of their colleagues in the state Assembly and adopt another year-long moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The practice, which has drawn harsh criticism from environmental advocates, is under study by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. We write:
New York is so starved for jobs, it would be a waste of precious breath to ask the state Senate to follow the Assembly’s lead and ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing until next June 1. Many work-deprived regions upstate see the natural-gas extraction method as a jobs and economic bonanza; they would sooner set fire to barrels of money in the village square than approve an extended ban, nevermind the serious unanswered questions about the controversial process.
That’s economic reality, derived from post-recession sensibilities and desperation. Business zeal, nonetheless, should not decide the economic and environmental course of those New York regions targeted for “fracking,” as the process is commonly known. Even if the Republican-controlled Senate passes on the prohibition, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his environmental team should continue a de facto ban against horizontal fracturing in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, believed to hold vast quantities of natural gas. The moratorium should hold however long it takes for state officials to complete a much-anticipated state review of fracking and demonstrate, without ambiguity, that the drilling can proceed safely.
New Square: Commentary
Carol Blau and Nat Wasserstein, president and president-elect, respectively, of the Jewish Federation of Rockland, comment on the recent attack on New Square resident Aron Rottenberg in a Community View.
Here’s a glance at what our colleagues are saying today:
Favors? Secrecy? That’s reform?: Editorial, Albany Times Union
He can’t handle the truth: Editorial, Daily News
Some politicians just never learn: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
Rep. Weiner must resign: Editorial, Newsday
Good ethics law better than none: Editorial, Times Herald-Record