A dozen-plus towns in upstate New York say they're on the cusp of seceding and joining Pennsylvania due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announced ban on fracking.
"We have no jobs and no income," said Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch, in the New York Post. "The richest resource we have is in the ground."
Fifteen town leaders from the Southern Tier region of New York say adjacent Pennsylvania soils have the same drilling opportunities absent the government ban. On top of that, Pennsylvania offers lower property taxes and better sales revenue opportunities than New York, the Upstate New York Towns Association said, according to the New York Post.
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To secede, the towns would need the permission of both New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the federal government.
Cuomo announced the ban in December, largely at the pressures of environmental activists and groups, like New Yorkers Against Fracking.
"NYAF was a megaphone," said Sandra Stengraber, a biologist who helped found the coalition, the blog In These Times reported.