In the wake of an EPA study that found no evidence fracking has had a “widespread, systematic impact on drinking water,” supporters of the controversial drilling practice are calling on the Cuomo administration to scrap its plans for a ban.

“I fully expect Governor Cuomo to reverse his previous decision to ban fracking which was based upon controversial scientific studies and made to appease far left environmentalists,” Rep. Chris Collins, a Buffalo Republican, said in a statement. “Hardworking New Yorkers deserve the job opportunities.”

The anti-drilling group Frack Action responded to Collins on Twitter, accusing him of “once again ridiculously pandering to the gas industry, denying the facts and science.”

Bu Collins call was echoed by the state Business Council, whose president and CEO Heather Briccetti said (also in a statement):

“Now that the EPA has confirmed what top scientists have said all along, that fracking is safe and has no widespread impact on drinking water, we are calling on Commissioner Martens and the state Department of Environmental Conservation to rescind the temporary ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State.”

“The permit conditions laid out in the revised 2011 SGEIS addressed all of the concerns contained in today’s EPA report. The state should adopt those permit conditions and allow fracking to safely move forward.”

The EPA’s four-year study did indicate that there are “potential vulnerabilities” to water supplies that need to be addressed by ensuring fracking wastewater is properly disposed of and that wells are built to minimize leaks.

After more than six years of debate that started long before his arrival in the executive mansion in January 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last year that the state would ban fracking in New York for the foreseeable future due to health risks.

The final SGEIS on fracking was released by the DEC in May. The findings statement that was supposed to be issued 10 days after the final SGEIS’ publication and would make the ban legally binding has not yet been released by DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. That statement is expected to be the trigger for lawsuits challenging the state’s ban, should any be in the offing.

UPDATE: New Yorkers Against Fracking issued the following statement from John Armstrong of Frack Action, who has an alternative take on the EPA’s findings:

“The EPA study confirms what the oil and gas industry has long denied, that fracking poisons drinking water. Like hundreds of peer-reviewed studies, this shows that New York was right to ban fracking.”

“Despite serious shortcomings, including the fact that the oil and gas industry refused access to collect the data needed, the EPA study clearly shows that fracking has been impacting and contaminating drinking water. All water is connected. Any sign of drinking water contamination signals a public health crisis and is a call for a ban.”