STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - The Obama administration has released new regulations regarding fracking on federal lands.
The new rules could serve as a template for fracking in New York state if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would open their minds to the possibility.
We're not holding our breath.
The new rules, which cover oil and gas fracking on millions of acres of federal land, mandate that fracking companies publicly disclose the chemicals that they use in the controversial process.
The new rules are an attempt to soothe fears that the fracking process - when water, sand and various chemicals are forced into the ground in order to split rock and release rich deposits of shale oil and gas - causes groundwater pollution.
In the clearest sign that the Obama administration got it right on this one, the new rules have stirred the ire of the oil and gas industry as well as environmental groups.
The oil and gas barons and their pals in the GOP say that the new rules...