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NY State Bans Fracking

December 17th, 2014

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Congratulations New York!

Governor Andrew Cuomo has banned fracking in New York State!

Thank you: all who marched, and educated the rest of us, who raised your voices, who got out there, who followed him and stood outside and collectively shouted: NO FRACKING in New York State!

Surprise Surprise: a long awaited study by the New York Health Department found serious health risks associated with fracking including water and soil contamination, and air pollution.

New York has had a fracking moratorium in place since 2008. It's not the first state to halt the drilling practice, but its decision may be the most significant.

New Jersey approved a one-year fracking moratorium that was lifted in 2013, and North Carolina is moving to end its own moratorium. Connecticut has a moratorium on accepting fracking wastewater from other states. And Vermont's governor signed a law in 2012 imposing a long-term moratorium on the practice (a largely symbolic act, given that Vermont has few shale resources).

New York's ban, by contrast, is home to part of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations that have tragically destroyed areas in neighboring Pennsylvania.

Fracking is allowed in at least 32 states. California is working on an environmental review of the process, and local communities across the U.S. are mobilizing to stop it. In November, voters in Athens, Ohio; Denton, Texas; and California’s Mendocino and San Benito counties passed measures banning fracking.

"New York is serving as a beacon, a shining light and example to other states and activists in other states that they can stand up to industry." says activist Helen Holden Slottje.


--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by RT