Matt Richmond


 After about seven years of research, public hearings, rallies, elections and rumors that a decision was imminent, the final environmental impact statement on hydrofracking was released on Wednesday.

Its findings aren’t a surprise.

Back in 2012, the Department of Environmental Conservation asked the Department of Health to add a health review to its review. It was the final stage in preparing the report. And in December, the acting health department commissioner, Howard Zucker, famously said this about high volume hydraulic fracturing, or HVHF: 


New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation released the long-awaited final version of its environmental review of high volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The final report includes the Department of Health's review of health risks. There’s also studies of spills and other incidents in Pennsylvania and the atmospheric effects of emissions from drilling operations.

Fracked Gas Pipelines: New York NOW

Feb 10, 2015

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Environmentalists are celebrating after Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there will be no hydrofracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process.


"Considering the research, the public comments, relevant studies and the enormous record DEC has amassed on this issue, I have directed my staff to complete the secret process early next year by publishing a final SGEIS, I will then issue a legally binding finding statement prohibiting HVHF in New York state at this time."

That closing statement by the Commissioner of New York's Department of Environmental Conservation, Joe Martens shuts down the prospect of hydrofracking or high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) being permitted in New York state in the forseeable future.