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Albany, NY - New York State Assembly Votes To Block Fracking Until 2015

Published on: March 6, 2013 03:36 PM
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Albany, NY - The New York State Assembly passed legislation on Wednesday that extends the moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the state until May 2015 and requires further studies on the environmental impact of the practice known as fracking.

A moratorium on fracking has been in place in the Empire State since 2008 because of concerns that the practice, which involves pumping chemical-laced water and sand deep below the surface to extract natural gas from shale, can contaminate water supplies.

The current legislation applies to the Utica and Marcellus shale gas deposits, some of the most significant in the country. It requires a full review process, including a new study to look at the potential public health impact of fracking.

“We will not sit idly by and endanger the health and safety of our communities by rushing necessary health and safety reviews,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said in a statement before the vote.

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The New York State Assembly, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a ratio of about 2 to 1, passed the legislation by an unofficial count of 95 to 40.

The legislation passed by the Assembly must still be approved by the state Senate, where its passage might be complicated by a power-sharing arrangement between Republicans and Democrats. But a Democratic majority in the Senate may be enough to send it to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is also a Democrat, for final approval.

 

 


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 Mar 06, 2013 at 04:26 PM Anonymous Says:

So we will continue to be DEPENDENT upon the Iranians because of "raging grannies".

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 03:48 PM Realistic Says:

Now I'm waiting for everyone to scream that democrats are bad for business.

I'm not an anti fracking advocate, but we have to make sure that this is done properly. A lot of land owners would jump on making an easy dollar, and not consider the potential contamination of the underground water wells (Which are more valuable then gas).

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 05:36 PM pbalaw Says:

Reply to #2  
Realistic Says:

Now I'm waiting for everyone to scream that democrats are bad for business.

I'm not an anti fracking advocate, but we have to make sure that this is done properly. A lot of land owners would jump on making an easy dollar, and not consider the potential contamination of the underground water wells (Which are more valuable then gas).

Yes water is more valuable then gas...

Truly amazing.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 05:29 PM GevalDigeh Says:

What means fracking

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 04:08 PM CampRunamok Says:

...and a few more years are lost in which the desperately poor towns upstate could benefit from the new industry. I drove through an area near Oneonta last summer. The country road passed through a couple of towns that looked like a page torn from the Great Depression. The upstate are is dying economically and the folks in Albany just don't care. As far as the "studies" go most of the necessary information could be gleaned by examining the areas in Pennsylvania where fracking is already done in high concentration. That area is quite similar to NY geologically so the results should be quite applicable as-is; assuming Andrew Cuomo and his acolytes really were interested.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 04:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Realistic Says:

Now I'm waiting for everyone to scream that democrats are bad for business.

I'm not an anti fracking advocate, but we have to make sure that this is done properly. A lot of land owners would jump on making an easy dollar, and not consider the potential contamination of the underground water wells (Which are more valuable then gas).

I hate to break it to you but studies were done and proven that fracking can be achieved in an enviornmentally safe manner. This is pure poltical posturing to the nutjob libs.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 05:49 PM Reb Yid Says:

Reply to #2  
Realistic Says:

Now I'm waiting for everyone to scream that democrats are bad for business.

I'm not an anti fracking advocate, but we have to make sure that this is done properly. A lot of land owners would jump on making an easy dollar, and not consider the potential contamination of the underground water wells (Which are more valuable then gas).

It's not being done properly. It's not being done.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 05:57 PM sasregener Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I hate to break it to you but studies were done and proven that fracking can be achieved in an enviornmentally safe manner. This is pure poltical posturing to the nutjob libs.

Really now?
How about the hundreds of people who have to boil their water before they drink it

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 07:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

I hate to break it to you but studies were done and proven that fracking can be achieved in an enviornmentally safe manner. This is pure poltical posturing to the nutjob libs.

Studies done by the same corporations that do gas fracking. If you think it's so safe, by all means let them do it in your back yard.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 07:36 PM TexasJew Says:

More money and jobs for Texas. Thanks, we appreciate your stupidity.
There is so much money to be made that it could pay for ten Sandys in a few years.

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 08:24 PM SilverNGold Says:

Well it's a good thing I'm from Texas. Living in golus in a liberal mid-Atlantic state now, but as of this week I've started trying to move back to the ol' range. Plus 'fracking' is a fun word to say. Hey, TexasJew, are you from Houston? At which shul do you daven?

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 Mar 06, 2013 at 11:47 PM Charlie Hall Says:

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pbalaw Says:

Yes water is more valuable then gas...

Truly amazing.

Actually, it is. NYC currently charges $3.39 per 100 cubic feet of water. The average cost of liquified natural gas for export was $1.18 per 100 cubic feet in December.

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 Mar 07, 2013 at 12:37 AM Frack Liberalism! Says:

The facts are that this is a very safe way to remove from the earth, what HKB'H has given us. We are the natural gas kings of the world and we probably have MORE oil in our property than even Saudi Arabia so the fact that we can't go get it is utterly ludicrous. People have to realize its the democrat party has been hijacked by the uber left who are only interested in punishing each & every one of us.

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 Mar 07, 2013 at 07:17 AM monalisa Says:

Reply to #10  
TexasJew Says:

More money and jobs for Texas. Thanks, we appreciate your stupidity.
There is so much money to be made that it could pay for ten Sandys in a few years.

Sad, isn't it? You're right. New Yorkers are our own worst enemies & we, the ones who see the situation clearly, are powerless because we are the minority in a state full of lunatic liberal tree-huggers. At least somebody (Texas!!) benefits from our shortsightedness.

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 Mar 07, 2013 at 11:42 AM Raphael_Kaufman Says:

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sasregener Says:

Really now?
How about the hundreds of people who have to boil their water before they drink it

Where is this taking place? this is BS propaganda put out by the ignorant green nut jobs. First of all, water contaminated by fraking fluid cannot be made potable by boiling. Secondly, deep fraking takes place thousands of feet below the water table.

Look, there are risks associated with any activity. All advances have to weigh risks against benefits. Properly done, the benefits of producing large amounts of natural gas, particularly from wellheads close to major centers of consumption, far outweigh the risks associated with the gas liberation process. The fact is that most folks don't really understand risk assessment and are terrible at it. For instance,in many polls taken, the number one perceived threat in the U.S. is nuclear power notwithstanding the fact that since 1958, the year the first commercial nuclear reactor went on line in Shipingsport PA, there has never, repeat never, been a single fatality attributable to a commercial reactor in the U.S. We all take risks far greater than nuclear power or fraking every day when we get behind the wheel of a car in order to enjoy the benefit of mobility. Clearly cheap, abundant, domestic energy is a major benefit.

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 Mar 07, 2013 at 12:17 PM ShmuelG Says:

New Yorkers are fortunate: they live in the state that doesn't need any more well paying jobs, apparently they have more than people in need of them, neither do they need to grow their economy because it's already larger that they need to pay for their public services, with their famously low tax rate. Carry on!

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