Today is a momentous day in the ban against unsafe fracking as Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo’s administration has banned Hydraulic Fracturing in the state of New York. The decision was, “based on the recommendations of two commissioners who have studied the energy extraction process”, according to Alternet.org. Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker at a public year-end cabinet meeting provided an overview of the reasoning behind the decision citing evidence of significant health risks as a major contributing factor for the ban.
From Salon, ‘Would I live in a community [with fracking] based on the facts I have now? Zucker asked. “Would I let my child play in a school field nearby, drink water from the tap or grow vegetables from the soil? My answer is no.”
He concluded, “I cannot support high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York.”
Dr. Zucker said the numerous reports of environmental and health risks found in many peer-reviewed journals and studies pointed to many threats both to adjacent water supplies as well as air quality.
‘The bottom line is that we lack the comprehensive long-term studies,” Zucker said. “The science isn’t there.’
The decision comes in the wake of a 6 year moratorium on the practice put in place in 2008.
In June, New York’s highest court ruled that municipalities in New York should be allowed to ban fracking within their respective boundaries. It also allowed over 170 other measures against fracking to be passed.
“This has been the most emotionally charged issue that I’ve ever experienced. More than marriage equality, more than the gun issue, more than the death penalty,” Cuomo said, “ “But I will be bound by what the experts say,” said during the commission, “Let the science decide.”