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Assembly moves to ban fracking for another year

Posted by Karen DeWitt on

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is one of the sponsors of a bill to ban fracking in New York at least until May of next year.
The bill, sponsored by Speaker Silver, Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Robert Sweeney, and 44 others, would impose a moratorium on issuing hydrofracking permits in New York until May 15, 2014.  The bill argues the delay is needed to give  the state and it’s residents more time to  “continue the review  and  analysis  of  any   potential  effects  on  water  and air quality, environmental safety and   public health.”
Katherine Nadeau, with  Environmental Advocates says it’s a step in the right direction.
“We need a hard time out on the fracking decision- making process,” Nadeau said. “So that we can get the science and the information back that we need.”
Nadeau says the votes are likely there for the bill to pass in the Senate. But Senate Republicans who jointly control the chamber with five breakaway Democrats, would have to agree to a fracking moratorium first, before the bill could be put on the floor for a vote.   
Governor Cuomo’s administration is still reviewing fracking, but the state’s environmental commissioner says permits could be issued as soon as 10 days after the governor’s health commissioner completes an ongoing health review.

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