New York is a bellwether state for fracking nationally, and is the first shale state to take such bold action against fracking. This decision has implications for other states considering fracking like Maryland, Pennsylvania, California and others.
The month of June witnessed a number of major fracking-related events by different states in the U.S. This cluster of events underscores just how quickly the natural gas extraction method is expanding and how controversial it remains.
It's hard to avoid the impression that most progressives are more interested in complaining about the right wing, or how things are going in the country, than getting their hands dirty and slugging it out.