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NYS Assembly Extends Fracking Moratorium

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