After years of speculation, the New York State Governor announced at a cabinet meeting, with his health and environmental commissioner by his side, that New York would not authorize permitting for high-volume fracturing in New York because of unanswered scientific questions on the safety and health effects of the procedure.  Cuomo’s environmental commissioner, Joe Martens, also noted that given the proposed restrictions already under consideration that the activity would not likely be a major economic boost to the economy.  Pennsylvania has experienced a significant economic boom from allowing HVHF in areas directly adjacent to New York’s southern border.