New York Bans Fracking


andrew-cuomoGovernor Andrew Cuomo officially banned hydraulic fracturing in New York on Wednesday, citing public-health concerns and environmental risks.

“I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York,” said Cuomo’s acting Commissioner of Health, Howard Zucker.

New York has had a de facto ban on fracking before Cuomo took office, and he briefly contemplated approving a limited fracking plan in 2012. However, he said later that year he would reevaluate fracking based on health risks. The conclusion from the state’s Health Department’s report sealed his decision to ban the practice. Read more at the New York Times.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. I find it very telling that this was done when gas is at it’s lowest price in years (in large part due to US oil companies increasing their supply by using fracking). I wonder how popular this might be if/when the price of gasoline goes back up?

  2. It is not fair that New Yorkers reap the benefits of fracking — lower prices for petroleum products and natural gas along with cleaner air — while avoiding the risks. A more courageous move would been to allow fracking while actually regulating the frackers so that they don’t destroy the environment around the wells.