Behind the Ban: Why Governor Cuomo nixed fracking in N.Y. State

December 24, 2014 | Filed under: News | Posted by: 

Things are looking up for Andrew Cuomo and New York State, in the view of anti-fracking activists, after the governor last week decided to ban hydrofracking.

BY SARAH FERGUSON  |  Christmas came early for the fracktivist crowd. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement last week that he would ban high-volume hydrofracking across New York State was a game-changing position that surprised even the most ardent opponents of this controversial process for extracting natural gas.

“We were stunned,” said Ramsay Adams, executive director of Catskill Mountainkeeper, which was one of the first groups in New York to raise the alarm about the dangers of fracking.

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Mixed Emotion in Sullivan County over Hydrofracking Decision

CALLICOON, N.Y. — Environmental groups and farmers in Sullivan County have been in this debate over fracking for more than six years. Wednesday’s news came with some very mixed emotions.

“It’s a historic day for New York,” Catskill Mountain Keeper Ramsay Adams.

And a joyful one for members of the conservation group Catskill Mountain Keeper, after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on hydrofracking in New York Wednesday.

The DEC and the health department cited a lack of scientific research of its health impacts.

“It’s been a long hard fight but we knew that there was something fundamentally wrong with fracking,” said Adams..

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