According to media reports, a newly formed Texas corporation intends to drill thousands of new gas wells in the Southern Tier, by injecting carbon dioxide into fracking wells to escape regulation under New York’s nation-leading ban on fracking.
Food & Water Watch research has found that direct air carbon capture is resource and energy intensive, prohibitively expensive, and a risk to human health. Using that carbon dioxide to extract methane, a potent greenhouse gas would further exacerbate these concerns.
Food & Water Watch Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp issued the following statement:
“After almost ten years of relief from the destructive fracking industry, fossil fuel profiteers have once again come knocking in New York. Southern Tier Corporations’ proposal to drill thousands of new gas wells is explicitly against the intention of New York’s nation-leading fracking ban. What’s more, the corporation’s proposal to use proven-to-fail carbon capture technology to skirt state regulation is absurd and dangerous for our climate and communities.
“Direct air capture is expensive, unproven and will ultimately make almost no difference in reducing climate-warming pollution. Whether extracted with precious water supplies or energy-intensive sci-fi technology, methane gas has no place in New York’s future. Governor Hochul must come out early against Southern Tier Corporation’s carbon capture fracking scam.”