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The potential risks are too great. In fact, they are not even fully known. (Source)

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York

Mostly No. The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) recently released a report that looked at the risks and benefits of oil and gas development. Are there risks? Sure, there are potential risks for any industrial process – or even just driving to work in the morning. What’s clear from the report and the industry’s history across the country, however, is that these risks are manageable. In fact, the report as a whole is positive and proves that fracking is not linked to groundwater contamination in Texas, is helping to lower air emissions, and provides over 3.8 million Texans with jobs and an annual gross domestic product of $473 billion. We’re giving the governor a Mostly No here – instead of the full throated LE-OH NO – because the TAMEST study had not been released when he made this statement. But we’re being generous because the report relied on a library of research and other reports that have been public for many years – exactly the kinds of facts and data that the governor ignored when he banned fracking.

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