One year moratorium placed on hydrofracking for natural gas

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - As well as finally passing the New York State Budget, the Senate also voted Tuesday night to enact a one- year moratorium on hydrofracking for natural gas.

The "timeout" will give the State DEC time to finish its review of the drilling, and make sure there is no danger. It puts a hold on the controversial prospect of hydrofracking in Otsego County, as well as the rest of the state.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver agrees with the proposal.

"I strongly believe New York State should take no further action towards the approval of permits in any drinking water sensitive area anywhere in New York State until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency completes its study of hydrofracking and companies are required to fully disclose all chemicals used in the drilling process," Sheldon said. "There is nothing more important than the safety of our water supply and protecting the health and welfare of our citizens. We simply cannot move forward until we have all the facts. We will continue to carefully monitor the actions of the Department of Environmental Conservation and consider all additional measures necessary to ensure the health and safety of all New Yorkers."

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