If fracking comes our way

Recently the New York Times reported that Governor Cuomo is thinking of allowing hydrofracking in the Southern Tier of New York State. There are people on both sides of the issue and emotions are strong. But whether you think this is a good thing or not, I think everyone realizes that there will be significant impacts in those counties and most likely the neighboring counties.

If fracking comes to Broome County and Chenango County as was reported, you can bet that Cortland County will notice some changes as well. I have heard reports from folks near the Bakken oil fields in Montana/North Dakota and drilling there has significantly affected the quality of life in those areas.

One place to take a close look at potential impacts is Williston, North Dakota, a town on the border of North Dakota and Montana. According to Wikipedia “the 2010 census counted a population of 14,716, up from 12,680 in 2000, but the number of current residents is likely much higher because the count did not include those living in temporary housing. In September 2011, the mayor estimated the actual population at 20,000. It may be as high as 30,000.”

The title of an article in The Atlantic Cities should grab everyone’s attention – “Rent Bubble of the Day: $2300 for a One Bedroom in North Dakota.”

Along with inflated housing, other issues that can arise are higher crime and increased truck traffic damaging roads. And I won’t even go into health concerns.

So if it does come, we need to be prepared. Because once drilling starts, life will change overnight.

Jan

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