BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/RELEASE) - The controversial process of hydraulic fracturing has sparking local lawmakers to join together and urge the governor for more transparency on the issue. Leaders with local municipalities gathered inside Buffalo City Hall Monday demanding for additional studies to be conducted on the process that extracts natural gas. A February 27th deadline is looming for the state Department of Environmental Conservation to either finalize its proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations in New York or allow them to expire. There has been a moratorium on Fracking in New York since 2008.
Neighboring states like Pennsylvania have already used hydraulic fracturing to produce new energy. New York has done several impact studies on hydraulic fracturing, including one by the D.E.C. but Western New York Lawmakers and others in the state are calling on the governor to make the health review documents from that study public.
"I think the D.E.C. owes it to the residents of the State of New York to release this information," said Buffalo Council Member David Rivera. "If it is so safe then go ahead and release it. We're not opposing something that is safe, we don't have the answers. Because we don't have the answers we can't come out and support it."
Proponents of hydraulic fracturing say it would help bring in thousands of new jobs and companies would have to abide by strict state and federal regulations to ensure the safety of the environment.