New York Towns Threaten to Secede Over Fracking Ban

Upstate residents seek the “new cars, new four-wheelers,” and “new snowmobiles” enjoyed by their Pennsylvania neighbors.

Southern Tier of New York. Photo by Stilfehler via Wikimedia Commons

Fifteen upstate New York towns are considering secession from the Empire State after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent ban on fracking shut down hopes of a natural gas-related economic boom. Sitting atop the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation that contains a large amount of trapped natural gas, these towns are threatening to move to Pennsylvania, which shares a border with New York’s Southern Tier, and where the fracking business is still thriving. On Friday, a local CBS News Affiliate in Binghamton, WBNG-TV, reported that The Upstate New York Towns Association, a lobby group for a number of upstate municipalities, was “comparing taxes and the cost of doing business in the two states.”

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