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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Assembly pauses fracking permits
Albany TU | By CASEY SEILER State editor
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Excerpt:

ALBANY — Arguing that the state needs more time to assess the potential effects of the natural gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking, the state Assembly on Monday passed a moratorium on the issuance of new permits until June 1, 2012.

The measure would cover drilling for oil as well as gas, and would cover vertical drilling using hydrofracking — a method already in use around the state — as well as the horizontal drilling that the drilling industry wants to begin using to tap the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, massive gas-bearing regions that stretch from Pennsylvania into New York’s Southern Tier.

The measure passed the Assembly 91-46, according to a preliminary tally. It faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where the narrow Republican majority views natural gas drilling as a major economic opportunity for hard-pressed upstate regions.

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5 posted on 06/07/2011 8:35:23 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Fitzy_888

Until it comes out of the legislature as a law, there is no moratorium or ban. There has to be more to the story.


9 posted on 06/07/2011 8:38:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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