On June 29 2015 New York's Department of Environmental Conservation officially banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing after concluding that it poses risks to public health and the environment. The ban came after a more than six-year evaluation process during which time high-volume hydraulic fracturing was subject to a temporary moratorium.

The state issued a public health analysis in December 2014 and a supplemental generic environmental impact statement in May 2015, both of which concluded that hydraulic fracturing should not be conducted in the state.

While opponents of hydraulic fracturing have hailed the decision as a significant victory, proponents of hydraulic fracturing are considering options for challenging the decision in court.

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