Gov. Dannel Malloy has a spiffy new energy policy that is pushing natural gas in Connecticut, and he's got some ambiguously reassuring words on the environmentally nasty gas extraction process called "fracking."
"There have been cases where this has impacted water supplies or when drilling and transmission have led to the release of methane, a very potent green house gas," the governor intoned at a Friday news conference.
"First, let me be clear - we will not have fracking in Connecticut - we simply don't have natural gas deposits in our state," he added.
Now that must be comforting to the folks in the Midwest and in Texas that have been suffering through earthquakes the experts say was caused by fracking.
Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, a gas extraction system that pumps huge amounts of water and chemicals deep into the earth at intense pressures.
Malloy did add that, “as this expansion goes forward, we will encourage states where drilling takes place to put appropriate requirements and regulatory oversight in place." And you know how much pull Connecticut has in state's like Texas.
It's certainly a relief to know that if Connecticut jumps on the natural gas bandwagon and uses lots more of that fuel, we won't be the ones suffering any of the dramatic environmental effects of fracking.
We'll just leave those little problems to the poor bastards that do have lots of natural gas shale deposits under their lands.