NYS Assembly Extends Fracking Moratorium

Published 06/17 2014 04:55PM

Updated 06/17 2014 05:15PM

The New York State Assembly has voted to extend the fracking moratorium for three more years.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said there's no reason to rush a decision on fracking before there's a better understanding of the effects of fracking on health and the environment.

While the bill passed the Assembly by a vote of 89-34, it is not expected to be taken up the senate before the legislative session ends this week.

New York has had a fracking moratorium in place since 2008.

Last November, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he expected to make a decision about whether to allow fracking or not by this year's election.

A health review of the potential impacts of the drilling process is apparently still being worked on.

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