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New York State Bans Fracking

526767373Over two years in the making, the New York State Department of Health document A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development was released today.

Click here to read the 184-page report.

Undaunted by the health department study, Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has this to say.

He was recently quoted in the Buffalo News: “I’m going to do what I can on Oversight to make sure we have testimony that is factual and data-driven to say that there is no reason not to hydrofrack in New York.”

Looks like he won’t be able to use the new review from the health commissioner of his home state to bolster his foregone conclusion.

Meanwhile, Chip Northrup, whose No Fracking Way blog has been laying bare the public health and economic reasons NOT to frack New York has this to say about today’s developments, via email:

Frankly, if there was anything worth fracking in New York, they would have come to a different conclusion. So we went out of our way to demonstrate that there’s nothing worth fracking. And Martens said as much in the announcement—if you take the likely productive area and net out the bans and the DECs regulations, there’s simply not much left to fool with it. So they are going to fool with it, politically, environmentally and economically. The surprise is that they said as much at the meeting.

Everybody in the industry knows this. The PR flaks will just spin it the other way.

Read his recent post here.