New York Assembly Moves to Ban Fracking Another Year

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is one of the sponsors of a bill to ban fracking in New York at least until May of  next year.

The bill, also sponsored by Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee Chair Robert Sweeney and 44 others, would impose a moratorium on issuing hydrofracking permits in New York until May 15, 2014. The bill argues that the delay is needed to give the state and its residents more time to “continue the review and analysis of any potential effects on water and air quality, environmental safety and public health."

Katherine Nadeau, with Environmental Advocates says it’s a step in the right direction.

“We need a hard time out on the fracking decision-making process, so that we can get the science and the information back that we need," Nadeau said.

Nadeau said the votes are likely there for the bill to pass in the Senate. But Senate Republicans, who jointly control the chamber with five breakaway Democrats, would have to agree to a fracking moratorium first, before the bill could be put on the floor for a vote.  

Governor Cuomo’s administration is still reviewing fracking, but the state’s environmental commissioner said permits could be issued as soon as 10 days after the governor’s health commissioner completes an ongoing health review.


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Comments [4]

David Kauber

What if fracking never, ever, appeared on the scene?? We would have to do what we should be doing now: seeking energy alternatives, including conservation. Sensible use of energy involving conservation is the largest source of energy which we have which is available in the near future. Along with conservation we can develop all the energy paths now known to humankind, and with a focus similar to The Manhattan Project, during WWII.

More with less is possible for people willing to use their brains to push the political process into a more favorable direction, a good direction for all the humans and other species of the planet.

The foolish use and foolish abuse of energy, and the wasting of land, air, and waters to satisfy the greedy few ---- this is the example of lusty stupidity at work, intent on turning our lands into an industrial wasteland.

Mar. 01 2013 08:03 PM
Jeanne Tucker from Auburn, NY

Kudos to Paul Roden, and I repeat what he says "Fracking is too dangerous." As the mother of a 10 yr old child who became extremely ill and lost one and half years of school, because the school went through remodeling, please once and for all say NO to fracking. Chemicals in our environment are killing us. There are too many unknowns in fracking. I for one do not want to find out years after the fact that fracking poisoned us. Just don't do it in the first place. And I walk and ride my bike. And compost. And do whatever I can to save our earth. Every little bit helps.

Feb. 27 2013 04:08 PM
david from brooklyn

Sheldon Silver, one of the most corrupt legislators in New York, says the state needs more time to study hydraulic fracturing. Really? Sixty years of results from around the country isn't enough?

Hydraulic fracturing poses no threat to the water system that supplies NY City because 1) the process itself is safe 2) the drilling is to be done at a considerable distance from the NY water-shed reservoirs.

If preventing harm is so important to Silver, you'd think he'd focus on activities that actually kill people, like smoking. However, he's more than happy to collect tax revenue from tobacco companies and smokers rather than take steps to eliminate the hazard -- a real health hazard.

For those who believe solar energy is the future, well, that day may come, but it will take substantial advances in solar cells before widespread use of solar is possible. At this point, the technology is way too primitive to compete with coal, oil and gas.

Those who believe in solar should advocate for more university research, not subsidies for an uncompetitive product.

And by the way, the sun is never going to shine at night, so no matter how efficient solar cells become, they'll never meet more than about 25% of our power demands

Feb. 27 2013 11:09 AM
Paul Roden from Yardley, PA

This is a tremendous victory. Every day we delay, block, pass a moratorium, crimalize, pass zoning ordinances, switch to renewable energy by using wind, solar, hydrogen, biomass, use conservation, obtain more and better mass transit, you bicycles, walk, car pool, upgrade our transit ssytem and passes on it, insulate our buildigns, convert or upgrade to more energy efficient buildings and machines, is a step toward banning fracking once and forever.

Repeat after me: Fracking is too dangerous, too expensive and totally unnecessary for our energy needs. Read the Nov. 2009 issue of Scientific American or the March 2011 issue of Energy Policy where two scientists, Jacobson & Delucchi, lay out a plan to power the Earth with renewable energy by 2030 with existing technology without using fossil fuel or nuclear power. Then sign my petition on the Whitehouse website to have the US Department of Energy conduct a study on Jacobson and Delucchi's plans for converting the planet to a "safe an sustainable energy path by 2030 at If the Germans can convert to 80% of their energy needs by 2016 from renewable sources and shut down all of their nuclear plants, why can't we? The German Chancelor, Merkel and the German Parliament, the Bundestag, from Conservative to Green, left to right are united behind this plan. How did the German people get the "political will" and our Congress the President and the citizens of our country do not have the political will? How did the German politicians and the German people stand up to energy and centralized electrical utility industry and the United States does not?


Paul Roden
Yardley, PA

Feb. 27 2013 10:29 AM

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