Albany, NY, Jul 01, 2011 — After a lot of controversy, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Environmental Commissioner says New York will permit the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, to proceed with some limitations.
In a statement, Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation said the natural gas extraction process known as hydro fracking will eventually be allowed on private lands in New York, following the proper environmental review process and with “rigorous and effective controls."
Fracking will not be permitted in the New York City and Syracuse watershed areas, or within 500 feet of all other primary aquifers. It would also be banned on state lands, including the Adirondack and Catskill parks.
DEC Commissioner Joe Martens says the report “strikes the right balance between protecting our environment, watersheds and drinking water and promoting economic development."
Environmental groups, including Environmental Advocates, said they are “incredulous” and that the move is a “radical departure” from sound decision making.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he’s “pleased” that hydro fracking will be permanently banned in sensitive watershed and aquifer areas.
Senate Leader Dean Skelos says the decision raises hopes for a “stronger economy."
A 60 day public comment period will commence in August.