Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NY Assembly Passes Hydro-Fracking Moratorium

By a wide margin, the Assembly passed a bill that will suspend the issuance of permits to hydro-frack gas wells in New York State until May 15, 2011. The State Senate passed the bill earlier this year. It is now up to Governor Paterson to sign the timeout into law.

From an eblast received today:

Today the New York State Assembly approved a moratorium on gas drilling in New York State, a huge victory for those of us who have been fighting so hard to protect our drinking water from toxic chemicals.

Protecting New York’s environment is at the top of our agenda in the Assembly Majority and we will not let anything stand in the way of making sure all New Yorkers have clean, safe water. When it comes to keeping pollution and dangerous chemicals out of our water supply, there is simply no acceptable level of risk.

That is why my colleagues and I resisted pressure from the oil and gas industry and passed this crucial moratorium, which would prohibit the controversial process known as hydrofracking while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducts a safety review.

Our most important responsibility is to keep all New Yorkers safe. By preventing hydrofracking from moving ahead, we have not only protected our water supply today, we have served notice to the industry that we will always put the health and safety of New Yorkers first.

I want to thank everyone who expressed support for this bill and I want to assure you that the Assembly is committed to leaving a safer, greener, more sustainable world for future generations.

Sheldon Silver

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