The highly anticipated and long awaited report from the state Department of Health on the impacts of hydrofracking was released Wednesday afternoon after Acting Commissioner Howard Zucker announced he could recommend the process move forward.

The state will move to ban hydrofracking, based in large part on the findings of the review, which could not determine the health and safety of the process in New York.

The report found that hydrofracking “is a complex activity that could affect many communities in New York State.”

“The dispersed nature of the activity magnifies the possibility of process and equipment failures, leading to the potential for cumulative risks for exposures and associated adverse health outcomes,” the report found.

At the same time, review couldn’t determine with certainty that hydrofracking could be conducted safely, but did point to studies that found the process has been linked to adverse effects on water, air as well as causing earthquakes in some areas of the country where it is allowed.

The Health Department’s report found “the overall weight of the evidence” shows there are “significant uncertainties about the kinds of adverse health outcomes” that could be associated with hydrofracking.

“Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF and whether the risks can be adequately managed, HVHF should not proceed in New York State,” the report concluded.

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