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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Official state report now in...

Why Did NY Ban Fracking? The Official Report Is Now Public

The assessment notes that considerable uncertainty over the adverse environmental and public health consequences of fracking has "grown worse over time."

"(The state of ) New York issued its long-awaited environmental assessment of fracking Wednesday detailing a wide range of health and climate concerns that underpinned Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision last December to impose a statewide ban on the practice. High-volume hydraulic fracturing "raises new, significant, adverse impacts not studied" in the state's last major analysis of oil and gas development in 1992, the 2,000-page report concludes. The negative effects that fracking could bring to the state include:

Air impacts that could affect respiratory health due to increased levels of particulate matter, diesel exhaust or volatile organic chemicals.
Climate change impacts due to methane and other volatile organic chemical released into the atmosphere.
Drinking water impacts from underground migration of methane and/or fracturing fluid chemicals associated with faulty well construction or seismic activity.
Surface spills potentially resulting in soil, groundwater and surface water contamination.
Surface water contamination resulting from inadequate wastewater treatment.
Earthquakes and creation of fissures induced during the hydraulic fracturing stage.
Community impacts such as increased vehicle traffic, road damage, noise, odor complaints,and increased local demand for housing and medical care.

Issued by (NY state's) Department of Environmental Conservation, the 1448-page "Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement" took more than six years to produce, as public comments on drafts and the burgeoning literature on the various effects of fracking led to repeated revisions of the study."

Note: The presence of chemicals used in fracking fluids in the drinking water here in PA were among the facts that informed this decision. Smart, learned from the destructive decisions of those who threw PA under the bus, Governors Rendell and Corbett, lapdogs of industry.