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For Release — June 4, 2015

Business Council calls on the DEC to rescind fracking ban

ALBANY, N.Y.—“Now that the EPA has confirmed what top scientists have said all along, that fracking is safe and has no widespread impact on drinking water, we are calling on Commissioner Martens and the state Department of Environmental Conservation to rescind the temporary ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State,” said Heather C. Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “The permit conditions laid out in the revised 2011 SGEIS addressed all of the concerns contained in today’s EPA report. The state should adopt those permit conditions and allow fracking to safely move forward.”

EPA Report: EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities.