Fracking Officially Banned in New York

After a seven year study, New York has formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The decision to officially ban fracking in the state was announced on Monday by Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens, who said that “Prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative.” The agency concluded after their multi-year study that current safety precautions for drilling are inadequate. In his announcement, Martens stated that “High-volume hydraulic fracturing pose significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that…

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Fracking ban in New York causes celebration and devastation

New York’s decision to ban the controversial mining practice makes it the second state in the country to do so. Last week, after a report concluded that hydraulic fracturing posed health risks, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration decided to outlaw fracking in New York State (a decision that took a long time make, as there has been a moratorium on the oil and gas extraction method in the state since 2008), making New York and Vermont the only two states in America to have completely prohibited the mining practice. There is…

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Fracking isn’t liked by New Yorkers according to new survey

Nearly 80% of poll participants were against hydraulic fracturing. A statewide survey that was commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that almost 8 out of 10 New Yorkers who took part in the poll were in favor of the state’s fracking moratorium, making it quite evident that concerns regarding the safety of the drilling practice are widespread. The survey also discovered that the majority of respondents strongly support more renewable energy development. The survey was commission from Franklin, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates – FM3 for the…

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Fracking can now be banned by New York Communities

Towns and cities in New York State can prohibit hydraulic fracturing. A recent court ruling decided that NY municipalities can use zoning laws to ban fracking, a controversial natural-gas extraction method that has lead to an energy boom in the United States, which was a major step backward for the shale gas industry that has had hopes to grow its operations within the state for many years. Over 170 NY cities and towns have used zoning laws to pass bans or delay the process. In 2008, a moratorium was imposed…

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