A coalition of health professionals, environmental groups and elected officials was calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to conduct a health impact study before any decision is made on whether to lift a 5-year-old moratorium on shale gas drilling using fracking.
Opponents of shale gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top campaign contributors to pressure the governor to ban the practice everywhere in New York.
Commissioner Joe Martens spoke on Friday saying, “I believe it (fracking) can be done safely. With all the precautions that we have built into the process I believe it can be done safely.”