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Who Did Governor Cuomo Ignore When He Banned Fracking in New York?

Earlier this month, Energy In Depth released a video, which unveiled the cast of characters (Hollywood celebrities and anti-fracking activists) behind the “science” justifying New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ban on fracking in New York.

That leads to the important question: who is Governor Cuomo ignoring as he keeps this policy in place? EID’s new video has the answer:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency: The EPA just released a long awaited, five year study, which is the most comprehensive study to date on hydraulic fracturing. The EPA found that “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources.”
  • President Obama: The President understands the economic and environmental benefits of oil and natural gas development, recently explaining, “U.S production of oil and natural gas is important.  I would rather us, with all the safeguards and standards that we have, be producing our oil and gas rather than importing it, which is bad for our people, but also potentially purchased from places that have much lower environmental standards than we do.”
  • Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Michael Bloomberg criticized Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban shale development calling it “misguided.” He added, “The economic and health benefits of natural gas… outweigh the potential health impacts, which could be prevented with tough regulation.”
  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: Administrator McCarthy has long recognized the health benefits of our increased use of natural gas, explaining, “Natural gas has been a game changer with our ability to really move forward with pollution reductions that have been very hard to get our arms    around for many decades.”
  • Governor Jerry Brown (D- Calif.): As Governor Brown recently explained on Meet the Press, “If we reduce our oil drilling on California, which a ban on fracking would do, we’ll import more oil by train or by boat, that doesn’t make a lot of sense.” Elsewhere, Brown has put it more bluntly, saying anti-fracking activists “don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”
  • Governor John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.): Governor Hickenlooper has been a strong supporter of shale development in Colorado and has touted its safety, saying, “I can’t find an example in the West […] where the actual process of fracking has put frack fluid in the groundwater.”
  • Former Governor and Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley: Before leaving office, Governor O’Malley said that Maryland was “ready” to move forward with fracking. As he said, “We’re committed to ensuring that Marylanders have access to the economic opportunities associated with fracking.”
  • Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell: Secretary Jewell has said that “fracking has been done safely for many, many years” and that a ban on fracking is “the wrong way to go.”
  • Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York): Sen. Schumer – a senior member of the Senate Democratic leadership and chairman of the Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center – said this about hydraulic fracturing: “Overall, the Democrats throughout the country have supported fracking. The President has, most of us have, and it’s worked quite well.”

Meanwhile, as EID’s last video showed, instead of listening to the actual experts, Governor Cuomo relied on folks like Mark Ruffalo, who hates fracking and fossil fuels, yet had no problem flying winners of his recent raffle to the world premiere of Avengers on jets that burn fossil fuels; Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, who founded Artists Against Fracking and actually wrote a song called, “Don’t Frack My Mother,” starring a number of B- and C-list celebrities; and Josh Fox, the director of the Gasland films, which have been thoroughly debunked by scientists and regulators across the country.

Because Governor Cuomo decided to base his decision on “celebrity” science, ignoring the EPA, President Obama’s top environmental regulators and administration officials, and top Democrats across the country, folks in the economically depressed areas of upstate New York are missing out on the tens of thousands jobs that would have come from shale development.  As Fox News reported, “Cuomo’s decision risks up to 54,000 fracking-related New York jobs — jobs that don’t exist now since fracking is not allowed, but could have been generated with the approval of various projects in the future.”

EID recently testified before Congress and released a whitepaper, which points out that many of the research papers used to justify the New York fracking ban were written, peer-reviewed and funded by anti-fracking activists.  Visit for more on that.

And, watch our new video – Who Did Governor Cuomo Ignore When He Banned Fracking in New York? – to learn more.


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