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Thursday, December 18, 2014

New York bans fracking

Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks.

The New York State Department of Health's report on its review of fracking is here. And here's an annotated version of the same report from StateImpactPA.

Here in Pennsylvania, the New York report should add great weight to the already self-evident case for tougher, more comprehensive regulation - and for the urgent study of the the many unanswered questions about the public health, environmental, and socioeconomic impacts of unconventional oil and gas development.


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  2. Dear Mr. Quigley,
    I have always known you to be an honorable and conscientious individual. I urge you, should you accept Governor-elect Wolf's appointment as Director of the Department of Environmental Protection, to do the prudent and responsible thing by applying the precautionary principle to energy exploration, extraction, and development in Pennsylvania and urge the incoming governor to, at the very least, institute a moratorium on all unconventional oil and gas activities until independent, comprehensive, public health and environmental studies could be completed, peer reviewed, and made public, and if this industrial activity can not be proven to be conducted in a way that will not jeopardize the health of the people of PA, and our environment, then PA must follow the lead of New York and ban unconventional shale oil and gas drilling.