I’ve kept quiet on the Patterson executive order to hault fracking because something smelled funny about it. Why veto the moratorium then issue an EO? That didn’t make sense to me.
The Marcellus Effect blog explains how Patterson is having his cake and eating it.
His giant loophole allows vertical fracking so watch for a big rush on vertical permits. Industry will chop down a bunch of trees and get their vertical pad sites all ready for when the EO expires. Then all they have to do is apply for a change of permit.
There’s always a loophole.
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Executive Orders be them by governors or presidents should be made illegal. What the hell is the point of a legislative body deliberating extensively over a piece of legislation and bothering to vote on it. Our separation of powers are so laughably skewed toward the executive branch that he can basically write his own law and veto their draft. Now we know if somehow fracturing actually came to the attention of our lawmakers in Texas(it disgusts me how easily NY's legislature springs into action while Texas has allowed itself to become the most toxic state in the union) and they drafted a bill to ban it or regulate it better that bill would be vetoed and rewritten by Viceroy Perry to suit natural gas interests.
We are all engineers now. Wellbores are us.
Heard Recently: "I'll tell you about my wellbores if you'll tell me about yours."