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NYS Assembly Passes Moratorium On Fracking

The New York State Assembly has passed a three-year moratorium on fracking. This as the state has had a de facto moratorium on the drilling process since 2008.
   
This bill would ban fracking until 2017.  The assembly passed a similar measure last year that would have halted fracking until 2015.  Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo voted in favor of the moratorium, saying she wants to have more information such as the state health study before deciding whether to move forward with fracking.  However, she admits she doesn't know when that information will be available.

"I have no indication of that at all. The Health Commissioner who had been looking into the matter as you know resigned recently. We have a new Health Commissioner who I have not met yet. It's unclear what the status of that review is at the moment," said Lupardo.

"We don't know if the Governor is going to allow this or not. I think the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) has had plenty of time to look at their regulations so it's basically a wait-and-see game," said Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-Guilford)

Crouch voted against the moratorium.  He said the bill was overreaching.


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