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For Release — December 17, 2014

The Business Council statement on high volume hydraulic fracturing decision

ALBANY, N.Y.—A long-awaited study released by the Cuomo administration on Wednesday determined several "red flags" about hydraulic fracturing that could pose "significant public health risks," officials said at a public meeting of Governor Andrew Cuomo and his cabinet.

The governor's announcement, articulated by his acting Department of Health commissioner Howard Zucker and Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Joe Martens, delays any potential gas drilling in New York State for at least several more years as more data becomes available.

“The Business Council of New York State, Inc., is troubled that today New York embraces half-truths and fear while ignoring the economic and environmental benefits being experienced across the United States resulting from expanded domestic natural gas production. The Marcellus Shale is one of the nation's richest shale deposits. This is a disappointing day for the people of the Southern Tier, and for the people of New York. The impact of this missed opportunity will be long-lasting,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO.