NY Fracking Moratorium Would Be Extended By Assembly Bill

Law360, New York (March 6, 2013, 2:25 PM EST) -- The New York State Assembly passed legislation Wednesday to block permits for high-volume hydraulic fracturing gas wells until mid-2015, citing a top state health official's concerns that studies on the health impacts of fracking won't be complete until then.

The bill, sponsored by Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation Chairman Kevin K. Sweeney, would extend a de facto moratorium that has lasted more than four years, and which Gov. Andrew Cuomo has sought to end in recent months.

Concerns that Cuomo would push forward with a fracking...
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