Assemblyman Johns speaks about putting safety first in the debate on fracking.
"Last year, I supported a moratorium to delay high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York mainly so we could ensure that New Yorkers are safe from any potential environmental and health effects," said Johns. "There is no harm in waiting – once the drilling begins, there will be no method in place to reverse any problems that might arise."
The Department of Environmental Conservation is in the process of reviewing public comments about the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on high-volume hydraulic-fracture natural gas drilling. Johns wants to make sure that any method used in New York is safe, sound and makes serious efforts to manage toxic water waste.