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Upstate New Yorkers are suffering in every way possible. They have been sold out by their government, but in Pennsylvania there is a much different dynamic.
New York and Pennsylvania have two of the worst governors in the land, a fact easily demonstrated by their mismanagement of the WuFlu. They’re a couple of panderers to various leftist causes. Yet, the results in terms of other issues such as natural gas development are far different.
New York has written off such development, dispensing with the interests of Upstate New Yorkers as if they were Clark Griswold’s hillbilly cousins. Pennsylvania has just enacted a piece of legislation to stimulate new economic development using its natural gas resources as leverage. The explanation for this dichotomy is simple. The Empire State is dominated by urban areas and has a Democrat legislature to match. The Keystone State is more balanced between urban and rural and also has a Republican legislature to match. It makes all the difference in the world for Upstate New Yorkers and rural Pennsylvanians.
That Andrew Cuomo and Tom Wolf are of like mind is indisputable. Wolf has aped Cuomo throughout the WuFlu, putting COVID patients into nursing homes and failing to grasp that’s where the problem was (more than 68% of Pennsylvania deaths have been in nursing homes) but it’s far more than that. Wolf also wants to join RGGI. He did Cuomo’s dirty work in calling for a DRBC fracking ban. He’s hopped onto the global warming fast train with all sorts of unnecessary methane rules. He attended that Democracy Alliance confab we wrote about yesterday. Tom Wolf doesn’t rise to the same level of corruption as Andrew Cuomo, Governor Cuoruppto, but he admires street-fighter he could never be and longs to be a capo himself.
What Tom Wolf doesn’t have, though, is a state so dominated by ignorant city voters that demagogues can operate with abandon, yielding a Democrat controlled legislature willing to entertain any radical idea worth a few moments in the spotlight. He has a Republican legislature because voters in the famous giant “T” between and above Pittsburgh and Philadelphia still balance out the voters in those two urban areas. Moreover, Pittsburgh’s suburban areas are nothing like the trendy Hudson Valley. They are distinctly more blue-collar and even when they elect Democrats, they are traditional Democrats, not the politically correct leftists in charge in New York.
That’s why Tom Wolf was just forced to slow down on RGGI. It’s why he hasn’t been able to get a severance tax passed. And, it’s why he just signed the bi-partisan HB 1100 legislation that will incentivize economic development, leveraging the Commonwealth’s natural gas resources to do so. It’s true compromise legislation that promotes jobs, natural gas and trade unionism. The Governor hated it, spoke out against the original version and then, after a few tweaks, quietly signed it. Why? Well, it wasn’t the tweaks; it was the fact he could count and saw the writing on the wall. Blue-collar Democrats and Republicans were going to do it with or without him. He had to sign it.
The situation in New York is exactly the opposite as revealed in some incredibly dumb legislation just passed in New York while Pennsylvania was promoting economic development based on the availability of its natural gas. Here’s the completely biased report from WETM, which might as well be Pravda:
The legislation passed the Assembly on Monday and the Senate on Wednesday. It must be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to become a law.
Shale fracking has polluted drinking water sources throughout the country—in Pennsylvania’s Monongahela River, for example—and Cuomo’s ban defended both public health and the environment. However, the fracking ban still allowed shale oil and gas waste—which can be highly flammable, toxic, and occasionally radioactive—to be imported.
Formerly, the loophole let such waste avoid the label of “hazardous,” so it was regularly accepted to be spread on roads, or to be disposed of improperly at dumpsites and landfills throughout the state. A June 2019 report showed that New York had accepted over 638,000 tons and about 23,000 barrels of fracking waste from Pennsylvania fracking operators since 2011.
Hydraulic fracturing or fracking injecting wells with high volumes of chemical-laced water that frees up pockets of natural gas and threatens water supplies. The Marcellus Shale Gas Field extends through parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, holding trillions of cubic feet of natural gas.
Virtually everything about this article is hyperbole and dead wrong as any reader of this blog knows full well. New York (and Pennsylvania) landfills have been taking drill cuttings for years without incident. The biggest clue is the WETM article doesn’t tell readers it’s all aboutr drill cuttings and doesn’t even used the phrase; substituting “hazardous hydrofracking waste,” instead and throwing around the word “loophole” to suggest something nefarious. As our buddy Jim Will notes:
One of the few ways NY has benefited from the Marcellus industry economically is by accepting drill cuttings (leftover rock and dirt from drilling holes in the ground) in specially regulated landfills. There’s only a couple of NY landfills authorized to do so. One of them is the Chemung County Landfill near Elmira (see NY Anti Drillers Apoplectic Over Soil in Chemung Co. Landfill). Another is in Painted Post, NY–near Elmira, located in Steuben County (see Radical Green Groups Try to Block NY Marcellus Landfill Expansion).
We were happy, and shocked, when earlier this year the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) authorized the expansion of the Painted Post landfill in January (see NY DEC Approves Landfill Expansion to Accept More PA Drill Cuttings).
It’s all for naught now. Earlier this week the radicalized New York Senate and Assembly passed a bill that bans drill cuttings from our landfills. When (not if) Lord Cuomo signs the bill, he will further screw the Southern Tier region out of revenue generated from the Marcellus.
So, New York writes off another piece of the Southern Tier as a legislature controlled by ignorant urbanites flexes its power for the sake of political points. That’s the difference between New York and Pennsylvania. The latter’s governor is held in check, while the former’s leader is allowed to wreck havoc with lives for the sheer fun of it. New York State and others with big majority urban populations are largely doomed when it to reason and the interests of anybody outside their cities.