Last Tuesday marked a sad day in New York for many– the five-year anniversary of the state’s official move to put large-scale hydrofracking permit applications on hold. Read our statement with NFIB here.

 

In 2008, then-Gov. David Paterson officially put high-volume hydraulic fracturing on pause when he directed the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to undertake an in-depth environmental review of the process and to develop permitting guidelines.

 

At the time, then-Gov. Paterson said “Natural gas exploration has the potential to increase domestic supplies of natural gas, create jobs, expand the tax base and benefit the upstate economy.  My administration is committed to working with the public and local governments to ensure that if the drilling goes forward, it takes place in the most environmentally responsible way possible.”

 

The review continues today.  State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah was asked to review the DEC’s work before a final fracking decision is made; despite saying in January his work would be completed in “a few weeks,” Shah’s review somehow remains incomplete.

 

Those of us who understand the science of fracking are tired of waiting for Governor Cuomo to act.  We’re tired of the anti-gas obstructionists and their overblown fear-mongering.  It’s time for New York’s leaders to accept the fact that shale gas development is low risk and is bringing significant benefits to communities fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of this game-changing resource.  It is time to bring those benefits to New York.