New York makes fracking ban official over health and environmental concerns

By Kasia Patel
Published: Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Following years of reviewing the hydraulic fracturing process and its effects on the environment, resources and health, the state of New York has finally banned fracking over health concerns, defending an outright ban as the “only reasonable alternative” less than a month after the EPA published findings saying fracking did not impact groundwater if carried out safely. Now law, the ban is likely to be challenged by industry participants and landowners who may be entitled to compensation, though a major concern is the setting of a precedent for other states.

 The Catskill Mountains, New York_Andy Arthur via Flickr
The Macellus Shale formation reaches into New York's southern tier into the Catskills. (source: Andy Arthur, Flickr) 


New York has finally banned hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the US state after a seven year review by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), ending uncertainty over the fracking moratorium...

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