New York’s ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) must apply to other states’ fracking waste being dumped in our landfills.
When Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the fracking ban, it was a move welcomed by medical professionals, advocates, and the vast majority of New Yorkers. The Cuomo Administration consistently stated throughout their health review that a decision on fracking would be contingent on the science and that if it was determined to be unsafe, it would not be permitted.
Ultimately, the state Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declared that “the potential risks [of fracking] are too great.” Unfortunately, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has not taken similar precaution related to regulating fracking waste. Instead, New York has allowed fracking states to landfill their waste inside our borders, with little oversight, consistency, or public access to data. In fact, information concerning fracking waste provided to the public is often incomplete or inaccurate.