Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Protecting New York's Drinking Water -- News

The New York Assembly joined the New York Senate today in passing a moratorium on drilling for natural gas in New York State. The measure now goes to Governor Paterson for signing. It is argued that the drilling for natural gas trapped in shale rock deposits would endanger groundwater supplies. The moratorium will help to accomplish several goals, including:

•Providing an extended period of time to study this new technology before permits are issued and drilling is allowed.
•Ensuring environmental experts and the public have time to review any proposed regulations and offer ways to make them stronger.
•Allocating enough time for the Legislature to review the DEC’s conclusions on the environmental impact of the gas drilling.

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