New York Announces a Statewide Ban on Fracking

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New York Announces a Statewide Ban on Fracking

by RP Siegel
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The Empire State bans the practice of #fracking http://bit.ly/1x2AlKv #CSR via @RPSiegel for @Justmeans

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Friday, December 19, 2014 - 8:00am

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On December 17th New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shook the world with the announcement with the Empire State was banning the practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, as it’s come to be known. The governor claims to have relied on the judgment of Health Commissioner Dr. Harold A. Zucker and Joseph Martens, the state environmental conservation commissioner, in making the call. “I am not a scientist,” said the governor. “ I’m not an environmental expert. I’m not a health expert. I’m a lawyer.  So let’s bring the emotion down, and let’s ask the qualified experts what their opinion is.”

Zucker said his decision boiled down to the question of whether he’d want his family living in a town where fracking was taking place. The answer was no.

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RP Siegel, author and inventor, shines a powerful light on numerous environmental and technological topics. He has been published in business and technical journals and has written three books. His third, co-authored with Roger Saillant, is Vapor Trails, an eco-thriller that is being adapted for the big screen. RP is a professional engineer – and a prolific inventor, with 50 patents, numerous awards, and several commercial products. He is president of Rain Mountain LLC and is an active environmental advocate in his hometown of Rochester, N.Y. In addition to Justmeans, he writes for Triple Pundit, ThomasNet News, and Energy Viewpoints, occasionally contributing to Mechanical Engineering, Strategy + Business, and Huffington Post. You can follow RP on Twitter, @RPSiegel. 

Keywords: Innovation & Technology | Dick Cheney | Environment | Harold A. Zucker | Joseph Martens | New York | andrew cuomo | fracking

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