December 18, 2014

New York to ban fracking -- Santa Fe New Mexican

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.

Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he is recommending a ban, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, responded that he would defer to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on the decision.

The Department of Environmental Conservation will put out a final environmental impact statement early next year, Martens said, and after that he will issue an order prohibiting fracking.

Document in the Spotlight:

A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development, New York State Department of Health, December 2014