Senate Passes One-Year Hydrofracking Moratorium

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The New York Senate passed a one-year moratorium on the controversial method of gas drilling known as hydrofracking.

WNYC's Amy Eddings speaks with ProPublica's Abraham Lustgarten who has written about the bill and hydrofracking.

The bill would prohibit the drilling process, which breaks up rocks, and releases natural gases. Many environmental advocates fear that drilling process could pollute New York's drinking waters. But The Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York tells ProPublica that opponent of hydrofracking don't understand what they're opposing, and have not differentiated between different types of drilling. That could result in the banning of drilling which is currently permitted.

The bill still has to be approved by the assembly and signed by Gov. David Paterson.

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Comments [2]


Of course the commissions and DEPs all say fracking is harmless: they accept lobbying money to say such things.

Feb. 12 2011 11:57 AM

How typical of the oil industry to talk down to the public as if they are ignorant children.

"opponent of hydrofracking don't understand what they're opposing"

I know exactly what I oppose. The ammendment to the clean drinking water act excluding hydrofracking fluid from regulation in the 1100 page long 2005 energy bill. (Sec. 322. Hyraulic Fracturing.)

Paragraph (1) of section 1421(d) of the Safe Drinking Water
Act (42 U.S.C. 300h(d)) is amended to read as follows:
‘‘(1) UNDERGROUND INJECTION.—The term ‘underground
‘‘(A) means the subsurface emplacement of fluids by
well injection; and
‘‘(B) excludes—
‘‘(i) the underground injection of natural gas for
purposes of storage; and
‘‘(ii) the underground injection of fluids or propping
agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic
fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal
production activities.’’.

Oct. 30 2010 04:51 PM

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