The New York State Assembly recently approved a proposal that would impose a two-year moratorium on the use of the controversial drilling technique known as "fracking."
Although the bill is not expected to be signed into law due to the opposition of the Republican majority in the Senate, the Assembly's 95-40 vote in favor of the fracking ban exemplifies the ongoing challenges that face oil and gas producers in the United States.
As we have previously discussed, there is an intense public debate being raged in New York regarding the benefits and risks associated with fracking. Supporters of the practice say allowing it will boost the local economy and benefit the country as a whole by increasing domestic energy production and lowering electricity costs.
Opponents point to the potential for environmental damage and risks to human health to emerge if fracking is conducted at a large scale in the area. Concerns about groundwater contamination are a particular rallying point for those who hold anti-fracking sentiments.
Even if New York eventually begins to issue permits, practitioners of fracking will likely still be under pressure from community groups. Every part of the production process – from drilling and completion of oil and gas wells to fracturing, frac flowback and extraction – will need to be carefully managed in order to ensure no incidents take place that could jeopardize the industry's future prospects.
Producers that are looking to guarantee the integrity of their operations should consider upgrading their oilfield equipment. With the right solutions in place, a company can maintain a high level of safety while achieving maximum output. Hydraulic lift equipment can be particularly useful for extracting resources in a safe, efficient manner.