An analysis by the New York State Department of Health said that hydrofracking, a method used to obtain natural gas, could be done safely.
The analysis was leaked to The New York Times, which published the report this morning. Fracking has yet to be approved in New York, with environmental groups and energy corporations fiercely debating the merits and safety of the practice.
The eight-page report looked into fracking’s impact on water, the ground and on the air, and said that fracking can be done safely with proper regulations.
“By implementing the proposed mitigation measures, the Department expects that human chemical exposures (during fracking) will be prevented or reduced below levels of significant health concern,” the analysis says.
Environmentalists have criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for failing to release any information the state has found about the potential risks of fracking.