In a landmark ruling, Governor Cuomo has declared a ban on fracking in New York State. “I will be bound by what the experts say,” Cuomo said at a press conference.
In his remarks at the conference, Cuomo lamented the emotionally charged nature of the debate over fracking and quickly turned the press conference over to state health and environmental officials.
The officials said the potential health and environmental impacts are too great to allow fracking to proceed in the state at this time, and pointed to a dearth of studies regarding the long-term safety of hydraulic fracturing. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will issue a legally binding, supplemental environmental impact statement next year outlining its findings on the issue.
This is a huge win and shows that when politicians actually take time to look at the science and health reports, then they come to the conclusion that the health and environmental impacts of fracking are too dangerous to allow this to happen. If only our government would read a health impact assessment once in a while …
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