ALBANY, NY (NEWS 10) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officially banned hydrofracking on Monday.
“After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “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 comes in the Findings Statement after a seven-year review of fracking.
The Findings Statement concludes that there are no feasible or prudent alternatives that adequately avoid or minimize adverse environmental impacts and address risks to public health from this activity.
For a copy of the Findings Statement, visit DEC’s website HERE.