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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It's official. New York state will ban fracking.

''After years of lobbying and aggressive public protest by state residents to make permanent a short-term moratorium on the controversial oil and gas drilling practice, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited harm to public health as the key reason for the decision to announce an all-out ban. "The potential impacts of fracking on water, air, land resources, community and local services are significant," Cuomo said in a tweet just after the decision was made public.
In response to the news, Wenonah Hauter, director of Food & Water Watch, which has fought aggressively against fracking in New York and across the country, declared the development as the "Biggest fracking victory ever!" "Our growing national movement has persevered," Hauter added in a statement. "We applaud Governor Cuomo for acknowledging the overwhelming science that speaks to the inherent dangers of fracking to public health and the environment. Fracking has no place in New York or anywhere, and the governor has smartly seized a golden opportunity to be a real national leader on health, environmental protection and a future free of polluting fossil fuels.""

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/17/biggest-fracking-victory-ever-new-york-bans-dangerous-drilling-state 

And more at the Post-Gazette:
''State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said there is no solid scientific basis to show that hydrofracturing drilling, known as fracking, is safe. He said the little reliable evidence available would keep him from letting his family live near a well. “If you don’t believe your children should live there, then I agree; your duty is to suggest that no child live there,” Mr. Cuomo told Mr. Zucker at a public Cabinet meeting.

Mr. Zucker said: Prevention is the cornerstone of public health. … Once damage is done, it is extremely hard to fix it.”
http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/2014/12/17/Reuters-New-York-bans-fracking-after-health-report-calls-it-unsafe-shale/stories/201412170191