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Cuomo to ban fracking in New York State

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Staff writer ▼ | December 17, 2014
Ecology   The move came during a Cabinet-level meeting in Albany

Top New York States officials moved forward with an effort to ban fracking across the state, citing excessive environmental and health concerns.

The move came during a Cabinet-level meeting in Albany, in which Governor Andrew Cuomo's environmental commissioner, Joe Martens, recommended a ban.

Martens said the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation will put out a final impact study early next year that will suggest a ban on fracking, more formally known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing. He said he would follow the report with an order prohibiting the process.

Governor Cuomo said he will defer to Martens and acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making a final decision. A ban would end the state's current six-month moratorium on fracking.

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