Johns Stands On Side Of Safety In Fracking Debate

May 3, 2012

Assemblyman Johns speaks about putting safety first in the debate on fracking.

Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C-Webster) and his colleagues recently joined the New York Public Interest Research Group at a press conference to call for prioritization of New Yorkers’ health and safety when it comes to high-volume hydraulic-fracture gas drilling.

"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.