Pennsylvania is allowed what’s called High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF), which basically means that Pennsylvania is allowed to produce a massive amount of fracking fluid. In other states, such as, New York, a temporary moratorium has been into place to prevent the practice of fracking.Many environmental groups have called for a permanent ban. They cite numerous concerns, including the potential impacts of HVHF on air and water quality, as well as human health.

The Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) current regulations on fracking include bans on fracking in Syracuse and New York City. Karen Moreau, who heads the New York State Petroleum Council, believes that the ban in certain areas is motivated by politics. Moreau argues that fracking can be done safely no matter where you are if the practice is regulated correctly.

Moreau also believes that the hype around fracking is a fundraising tactic by environmentalist groups. Environmentalist won’t argue that the controversy over fracking has increased membership and money raised.

Katherine Nadeau, of the Environmental Advocates for New York said, “[Our members] are incredibly concerned about the harmful effects of fracking that have happen all over the country.

Wednesday, the American Petroleum Institute, hosted a public forum in which Moreau and dozens of other members of the oil and gas industry represented more than 400 oil and gas producers. Geologists, engineers, and landowners from the Southern Tier and Central New York gathered to participate in an educational workshop featuring a detailed presentation about how fracking works.