In an op-ed in today’s Daily News, the Garrison, Putnam County, resident said hydrofracking for natural gas carries “legitimate environmental and safety concerns,” but he’s confident a strong regulatory approach can keep the impacts in check.
“Minimizing impacts to local communities and the proper handling of wastewater from the process are two of the issues that must be addressed,” Pataki wrote. “Through the deployment of advanced technology and appropriate regulatory oversight by the state, I’m confident these and other environmental challenges can be met.”
Pataki—who, according to the op-ed’s tagline, has “advised firms with natural gas interests”—said the state has to come to a decision on the controversial technique or risk having the gas industry pass New York by. ”(N)o decision is a decision,” he wrote.
“We must avoid being swayed by opinionated voices that seek to politicize this issue,” Pataki wrote. “By applying rigorous analysis and sound science, we can protect our state’s environment — and develop a better future for all New Yorkers.”