Temporary fracking ban awaits Paterson’s signature
Now that the state Assembly has voted in favor of a six-month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial drilling technique needed to tap natural gas resources in rock upstate, the measure awaits the governor’s signature to become law. At the same time, environmental groups are lining up to applaud the Assembly’s move, which followed the Senate’s approval earlier this year.
“With this vote, the Assembly prevents New York from completing its hasty and ill-considered rush to embrace the dirty, dangerous technique known as hydrofracking, which has done so much damage in other states,” said Paul Gallay, Executive Director and Hudson Riverkeeper. “Good for the Assembly; good for the Senate, for passing this same bill earlier in the year; and, good for the thousands of New Yorkers who said: ‘not here, not now.’ This is their victory.”
“New York has shown the country that Americans have a right to stand up to big oil and gas companies,” said Kate Sinding, Deputy Director of the New York Urban Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “This is the first time any state has ever taken this kind of action to protect the health and safety of its residents from the consequences of gas drilling. It sends a powerful message that New Yorkers don’t want new fracking here unless the industry proves it can be done safely.”