Rochester, New York — December 18, 2014. New York State’s Health Commissioner rejected hydraulic fracturing in New York, recommending that until that the potential health risks were better known, the controversial drilling technique should not proceed in New York State.
“I applaud Commissioner Zucker and the New York State Department of Health for conducting a thorough Public Health Review and for recommending against high volume hydraulic fracturing in NYS. Legislator Justin Wilcox (D-Brighton) said. “Given the adverse health impacts that could result from high volume hydraulic fracturing, I am pleased that DOH has put the public’s health ahead of politics.”
Minority Leader Carrie Andrews (D-Rochester) echoed those remarks. “This is a great moment for New Yorkers. In other states where hydrofracking has been used widely, it has been linked with destruction of natural habitats, contamination of drinking water, and a rise in health concerns in nearby populations. Thanks to this decision, we won’t face those issues.”
Legislator Wilcox has been a leading voice in the Monroe County Legislature calling on Monroe County to create a ban on the handling of fracking waste. Wilcox currently has legislation before the Brooks administration which would prohibit the treatment of hydrofracking wastewater in Monroe County.