Monday, January 12, 2015

This Historical Precedence for Governor Cuomo's Fracking Decision

The New York State Capitol.  Click for photo credit.
My friend in the Special Collections Department at Hofstra University, the brilliant Geri Solomonlink to a very interesting blog post on the New York History Blog (I've added it as a link to blogs I like on the right) on the historical precedence for Governor Cuomo's decision to ban fracking in New York State.
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The article reviews several key 20th century environmental decisions in New York and how scientific commissions were established to guide executive level decision making.  What is so fascinating in the blog post is how the science on the key issues (particularly water pollution) changed with time.  For example, one of the commission reports noted that industrial pollution in the Hudson River was not a threat to human health and that it actually worked as an anti-bacterials agent.  Wow, how times have changed!

It will be interesting for historians to see how the fracking decision rates within the long-line of important environmental decisions in New York.  How will science judge this decision in 50 years?

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