New York State banned the natural gas retrieval procedure known as High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing during a televised cabinet meeting presided over by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. The decision cited a variety of concerns raised by the state Department of Health and the fact that, “In New York State we’re protective of our natural resources,” as NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens put it.
As the decision was still being discussed, New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox sent out a statement noting that, “Andrew Cuomo has given into the radical environmental Luddites in his own party to leave New York as the only one of the 35 states with extractable natural gas to be missing out on the hydro-fracking boom.”
When questions then arose about those who would not be happy with the anti-fracking decision, Cuomo noted how “there’ll be a ton of lawsuits, I’m sure,” and concluded, again, that “there is simply a lot of evidence on the table that this couldn’t be done safely.”
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