The Department of Environmental Conservation has released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The document’s release is one of the last steps before the state’s expected ban on hydrofracking.
The report has been nearly seven years in the making, it lays out the potential benefits and negative impacts of fracking.
The review does include a series of measures the state could use to mitigate the negative effects of fracking, such as a ban on drilling in the New York City and Syracuse watersheds, and strict rules on where drilling pads can be placed.
However, the report does question whether those mitigation measures could adequately protect public health and the impacts on air, water, soil and community character.
The final recommendation advises against proceeding with fracking until the science can provide sufficient information to determine the level of risk and whether the risks can be sufficiently managed.
The D-E-C must wait 10 days before issuing a final findings statement. After that time, a formal ban can be considered.