Senate Passes One-Year Hydrofracking Moratorium

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.