Arguments against drilling continue to evolve and now consist of a "not in my backyard" plea of the mostly affluent to maintain the status quo. If you live upstate you know the status quo isn't working. The economy has been decimated by the recent recession. Jobs are gone, taxes are some of the highest in the nation, and services are less than desired.
The arguments as far as I can tell have evolved from aquifer pollution, too superficial water contamination, too decreased property values, too tourism, too scenic blight, too trucks ruining the roads. The truth lies somewhere in the middle, but the question should be do the ends justify the means?
I will have more to say on this, but will leave you with a quote from a recent article found in the Albany Times Union, "the average drilling complex used 8.4 million gallons of water per day of water in the Susquehanna River basin, comapared to 20 million per day for golf courses."
Perspective matters, I suppose!
I would ask anyone, including my co-bloggers living upstate, to comment on this. Aurelius, Thomas, Mr. K, this means you!