High-volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas to be Banned in New York State following Department of Health Report Released Dec. 17, 2014

On December 17, 2014, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced that it was recommending that the state not allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing (also called “fracking”) for natural gas in shale formations.  The DOH had been asked in 2012 by state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens to review of a draft environmental impact statement for high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the Empire State.  After receiving the DOH report, DEC Commissioner Martens stated that he intends to issue a findings statement that would prohibit the practice in New York State at this time.

Source: New York State Department of Health Completes Review of High-volume Hydraulic Fracturing; Acting DOH Commissioner Zucker Recommends Activity Should Not Move Forward in New York State; DEC Commissioner Martens Will Issue a Findings Statement Early Next Year to Prohibit High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing, New York State Department of Health News Release, 12/17/14.

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