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New York Prohibits Fracking

by Elizabeth Alford on July 2, 2015

After exploring the issue of fracking for over seven years, New York State officially banned the drilling practice this week.

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In May, New York’s Department of Conservation (DEC) released its findings in a 1,448-page report after receiving over 260,000 comments from concerned citizens who urged the Department to severely restrict the practice of high-volume hydraulic fracturing or to prohibit it altogether. The report outlined the pros and cons of fracking and alternate ways that state regulators might deal with the drilling technique. The release of the DEC’s formal Finding Statement on Monday effectively bans fracking throughout the state.

Commissioner Joe Martens commented that “High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated. This decision is consistent with DEC’s mission to conserve, improve and protect our state’s natural resources, and to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state.”

Proponents and opponents of the ban both said they expect lawsuits to be filed.

Earlier this month, the EPA announced that they found no evidence that fracking have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water in the United States.

Related: EPA Finds Little Risk to Drinking Water from Fracking

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