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Cuomo expands 'hydrofracking' review
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration has ordered an expanded environmental review of proposed "hydrofracking" for natural gas in New York after a well in
Pennsylvania spilled chemical-laced water for two days.
An internal memo obtained by The Associated Press directs the state Department of Environmental Conservation to review and learn any lessons from the April accident in Pennsylvania's Bradford County.
A creek was polluted and homes were evacuated.
The review will include an on-site inspection by New York officials.
The findings will be part of New York's environmental evaluation of using the forced-water hydraulic fracturing to capture natural gas in the Marcellus Shale deposit through much of New York's Southern Tier.
The final report is due July 1.
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