April 23, 2010

Statement From Speaker Silver Regarding Gas Drilling

While I am pleased that the Department of Environmental Conservation has added an additional level of scrutiny to permit applications for drilling in the New York City and Syracuse watersheds, I strongly believe New York State should take no further action towards the approval of permits in any drinking water sensitive area anywhere in New York State until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completes its study of hydrofracking and companies are required to fully disclose all chemicals used in the drilling process. There is nothing more important than the safety of our water supply and protecting the health and welfare of our citizens. We simply cannot move forward until we have all the facts.