New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending 7-year review by The Associated Press, June 29, 2015, marcellus.com
New York has formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas after a seven-year environmental and health review.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the decision Monday, saying a ban was the “only reasonable alternative” after “years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts.”
The agency concluded that existing safety precautions are inadequate to protect against harm to water, air, ecosystems, wildlife, community character and public health.
New York is the only state with significant natural gas resources to ban fracking, which has allowed other states to tap huge volumes of gas trapped in shale formations deep underground.
While environmental groups praised the ban, drilling proponents have said the decision was based on politics rather than on science.
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Some of the science in (excludes all science on CBM/CSG) as of June 2015:
As of December 2014:
And in Canada?
CAPP and AER Propaganda and Lies Rule the Harper Government’s Frac Review:
2015 04 13: Ontario Minister Natural Resources/Forestry Bill Mauro says “there are currently no applications before the Ministry requesting approval to…use high-volume hydraulic fracturing” but the Ministry hasn’t defined “high volume” so how would he know?
2014: State of Science on Harms by Fracking to Public Health and Water: Health Professionals, Scientists Release Analysis of 400 Peer-Reviewed Studies on Fracking along with Major Scientific Compendium Update
Anthony Ingraffea, PhD, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, Cornell University:
“In 2008, when New York State first declared a moratorium on fracking, only six peer-reviewed papers on the health and environmental impacts had been published. Now there are more than 400, and the vast majority show a clear and present danger. What’s more, many problems are unfixable by regulations of any kind. It was a wise governor who said ‘wait’ in 2008.”
“By any responsible account, the exploitation of the Marcellus Shale Formation will produce a detrimental effect on the environment, on the people, their children, and the future generations, and potentially on the public purse….”
Pennsylvania Chief Justice Castille, December 2013