Galasso said the nation now has 1.1 million hydrofracked wells, and if any of them had caused harm to the public, it would have been thoroughly documented by now. Claims that hydrofracking will have deleterious health consequences, he maintained, “is a red herring put up by a group of people who just don’t want it to happen.”
“The Southern Tier is on the verge of bankruptcy,” he said. “For the sake of our economy and the survival of upstate New York, I hope it happens.”
Three Democratic state Assembly members who head important committees in Albany, meanwhile are urging DEC to extend the public comment period to 60 days. The Assembly is planning to hold its own public forum on the proposed regulations.