A report in the N.Y. Times uses the words “safe” and “hydrofracking” in the same sentence. The analysis conducted by the State of New York has not been publicly released, but New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, is due to make a decision on whether to allow fracking in New York.
ALBANY — The state’s Health Department found in an analysis it prepared early last year that the much-debated drilling technology known as hydrofracking could be conducted safely in New York, according to a copy obtained by The New York Times from an expert who did not believe it should be kept secret.
The assessment obtained by The Times finds that fracking can be done safely within the regulatory system that the state has been developing for several years.
“By implementing the proposed mitigation measures,” the analysis says, “the Department expects that human chemical exposures during normal HVHF operations” — short for high-volume hydraulic fracturing — “will be prevented or reduced below levels of significant health concern.”