Shale gas drilling moratorium proposed in Assembly

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Tomorrow could have been fracking decision day in New York, had the state Department of Environmental Conservation not missed a necessary deadline. Instead, the state's review of fracking continues.

Today, however, a group of Assembly members introduced new legislation that, if passed, would implement a moratorium on drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. The moratorium would last through May 15, 2014, and is intended to "afford the state and its residents the opportunity to continue the review and analysis of any potential effects on water and air quality, environmental safety, and public health," says the text of the legislation.

No matching bill has been introduced in the State Senate, which needs to happen for the moratorium to become law.

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