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Assembly approves moratorium to bar shale gas drilling

Mar 07, 2013 7:43 am
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Casey Seiler reports in the Times Union the state Assembly Wed., Mar. 6, approved a moratorium to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York until May 2015. The action would stop the clock and allow for the completion of several significant health impact studies. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said without conclusive scientific evidence fracking will not pose a threat to the environment or human health, a moratorium is appropriate. A similar two-year ban was put forward in the state Senate, but the fate of that initiative is less certain. Silver said Assembly and Senate passage combined with a show of public feeling on the issue could lead Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to sign a moratorium bill. Read the full story in the Times Union.