State Assembly Passes Two Year Ban on Hydrofracking
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hydrofracking may not be allowed in New York State for another two years.
The New York State Assembly voted in favor of a moratorium on the gas drilling practice, but it would still need approval from the State Senate and Governor Cuomo. The legislation would delay the Department of Environmental Conservation's issuance of certain new natural gas drilling permits in New York until May 15, 2015. It would also require a comprehensive health impact assessment to be completed by a SUNY school of public health and made public no later than April 15, 2015.
The Assembly is trying to take action after a deadline passed last month to issue regulation due to an incomplete environmental review. No one in the Republican-led Senate has sponsored the bill.
Supporters say hydrofracking will have a tremendous economic impact on the region, other states have seen booms in their economies from gas exploration. Opponents fear could contaminate clean drinking water supplies and cause damage to the surrounding environment, and that any financial gains will be short-lived and will hinder other types of lasting sustainable economic growth.
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