Fed up with New York’s ban on fracking, towns threaten succession and to join Pennsylvania

Fifteen New York towns that are upset with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas have threatened to secede from the state and join neighboring Pennsylvania where fracking is allowed, reports the Huffington Post. Conklin Town Supervisor Jim Finch told the Post  that the towns are compiling a report to assess the feasibility of joining Pennsylvania, noting they are in New York’s Southern Tier that’s sits on the natural gas-rich Marcellus shale formation. Finch said that allowing drilling in the region would provide an avenue for new jobs and a way to raise money for local schools and governments. For more, read the full story.