John’s post about fracking is interesting to me because the rural Southern Tier of New York State sits atop a huge deposit of natural gas that could be fracked, but hasn’t been, mainly because of strong, grassroots resistance. There are anti-fracking signs all over the city and towns here, and it was a big issue in one of the recent Congressional campaigns in the (former) 29th Congressional District, which covers most of the Southern Tier. I expect that shale gas will be drilled at some point in the future in New York, but only after we learn the lessons that the fuck and run drilling companies are teaching places like West Virginia.
During one of the campaigns when I lived in the 29th district, I ran a race blog and one of the conservative commenters claimed he used to live in the district but moved to some conservative southern state because of the onerous regulations and high taxes in New York. I don’t remember where he moved, but there just isn’t enough justice in the world to make it West Virginia.