The vote was 48 to 9 for a moratorium until May 2011.
The New York State Senate voted 48 to 9 Tuesday night in Albany to issue a temporary moratorium on a type of natural gas exploration that combines hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling and the injection of millions of gallons of chemically treated water underground. The aim of the measure is to ensure an adequate review of safety and environmental concerns.
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damned dumb texan says
Dem damn yankees seem to know what's really important: people need clean water and fresh air more than stinky fossil fuel like natural gas. damn dem yanks.
Mike H. says
I don't see the industry push to frack *NOW*, with natural gas prices still so low. Holding off a year may help the price of gas. And, if fracking is so safe, what harm will come from studying it more? The panic about fracking now seems to imply something's to hide.
Mike H…excellent point. The "Rush to Frack" is a perfect way to put it…if there's nothing to hide then why the rush?
Runner Susan says
this is good!
Note: it ain't done yet, but it is a good step and will hopefully give people in TX courage as well.
"The moratorium proposed in the bill would prevent new drilling permits from being issued for the Marcellus Shale until May 15, 2011. While the measure cannot become law before the state Assembly passes a similar bill, and that chamber is not expected to take up the issue until September…."