Karen DeWitt, reporter for NYS Public Radio/WXXI, posted the following story on a bill to ban fracking in New York until May of next year. The Business Council has long urged Governor Cuomo to end the nearly four years of delays and allow natural gas development in New York. The Business Council released a after yet another delay caused by Department of Health review two weeks ago:
The economic opportunities and potential jobs that it would bring could have a lasting positive impact on the region and the state.
We agree with DEC Commissioner Marten’s when he says that, “the science, not emotion, will determine the outcome” of shale gas development, and that delays in the Department of Health’s Public Health Review does not mean that the issuance of permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing would be delayed.
With many studies complete it is obvious that the science is clearly on the side of moving forward. Further delay will only have negative impact on our economy and our ability to create good-paying jobs. Heather Briccetti, president & CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.