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Fracking Debate Continues after DEC Ban

By Fox 40 Staff.
The state has made official what has been known for months - that fracking is banned in New York State. the Department of Environmental Conservation took the final step Monday when it issued a findings statement banning the drilling practice.

The findings statement by the DEC banning fracking came after what the agency called a seven-year review of the drilling practice.

The agency said fracking, "poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, and natural resources." These words were music to the ears of advocates who fought to keep fracking to New York. But for those who wanted fracking and the economic benefits they said it would bring, the move just added to the frustration they've been feeling since the Cuomo Administration said it would ban fracking last December.

"I think the biggest thing that we really see is this and its been some of the large foundations like the Hart Foundation and the Heinz Foundation, a lot of these coming out being anti fracking, a lot of them have money in solar, and they're pushing solar. There's always a reason when you look at it, just follow the dollar and it'll tell you where you gotta go," said Daniel Fitzsimmons, President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.

"So they've actually accepted everything we did, we were never disrespectful, and I think slowly but surely over the course of 7 years, the public came to accept that we didn't want to suffer irreparable harm in the hopes of making money," said Walter Hang, President of Toxics Targeting.

This ruling continues the debate over the issue. Both sides expect this ruling to be challenged in court.