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Final SGEIS Released, NYS Closer to Making Fracking Ban Official

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New York state is one step closer to making it's ban on fracking official.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation has released it's final SGEIS - or Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement - on the process.

Now in at least ten days the head of the DEC will issue a findings statement, expected to finalize the state's ban on the drilling process.

"We hope that it will lay the groundwork in ten days for a Findings Statement that will ban fracking as the Governor's promised. Here in the Southern Tier we're grateful for the Governor protecting our health and our air and our water," said Isaac Silberman-Gorn of Citizen Action of New York.

"Most people around the country recognize that this is a process that can be regulated safely. Most people also recognize that our Governor is playing politics with this issue and that's where this decision comes from," said Scott Kurkoski, Attorney for the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.

On December 17th, the head of the State Department of Health Howard Zucker delivered his health impact review of fracking, which precipitated the announcement the DEC would not allow permits for the drilling process.