Oil & Gas Drilling in NY: 15K Active Conventional Wells

Pop quiz: Which northeastern state has used hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in vertical oil and gas wells since the 1950s? Which northeastern state has used horizontal drilling for oil and gas wells since the 1980s? Which state (so far) has refused to allow the combination of the two—fracking + horizontal drilling? The answer to all three questions: New York.

What’s that? You didn’t know fracking (in vertical wells) has been going on in NY since the 1950s? Welcome to the club. Most people either don’t know it, or upon reading it in a publication like MDN, refuse to believe it. If you don’t believe us, just ask the state DEC for confirmation.

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