Fracking Banned in NY State

N.Y. Fracking Report Gains Environmentalists Praise, Business Interests Scorn

By David Bertola
Buffalo Business First
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May 14 2015 – “To the dismay of those in the business community and in the oil and gas industry — but to the delight of environmentalists — a state agency released a report Wednesday saying that a seemingly infinite natural gas supply that stretches throughout parts of New York will remain untapped.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released its Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FSGEIS) for high-volume hydraulic fracturing — a.k.a. hydrofracking or fracking — of the natural gas supply that rests deep beneath the Marcellus Shale formation.

DEC commissioner Joe Martens said that the Final SGEIS was the result of an extensive examination of high-volume hydraulic fracturing and its potential adverse impacts on drinking water and wildlife habitats.

High-volume hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking is a process to access natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, which runs through parts of the Midwest and the Northeast. It includes injecting water and chemicals deep into the shale formation to release gas. The process, while used all over the world, including nearby states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, has come under fire by opponents who claim it puts water supplies at risk.

The FSGEIS incorporates the state Health Department Public Health Review report issued Dec. 17, 2014, which determined there is uncertainty about adverse health outcomes and whether mitigation measures could adequately protect public health, including impacts to air, water and soil.”

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copy of the state report can be found here.

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Published on: June 24, 2015

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