The following is a statement from the New York State Petroleum Council Executive Director Karen Moreau.
Moreau is referring to an article on the New York Times on a previous analysis of the safety of hydraulic fracturing under regulations being developed in New York.
The Times article also includes a statement from the Department of Environmental Conservation on that earlier study.
“Today's news reports that the New York State Health Department found in an analysis it prepared early last year that hydraulic fracturing could be conducted safely in New York should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched this industry grow and proposer across the United States. In fact, these reports confirm what has been clear for some time now: sensible regulations can ensure safe natural gas development will protect land, water and public health while providing tens of thousands of good jobs throughout the Marcellus Shale.
“We know some will try to play politics with this news; frankly that has been the case for years now. We have seen in recent days what happens when government leaders put politics before the people. We have also seen leaders from both parties here in New York denounce that kind of decision making. We hope and trust they will apply the same standard to hydraulic fracturing.
“If they do, the choice is very clear. New York can create more than 25,000 jobs, save family farms, keep families together and lift entire communities by moving forward with safe natural gas development. We respect the process the Governor has established, and trust that in the end the interest of the people will come before fear mongering and politics.”