Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The New York Assembly approved Monday legislation that continues a moratorium in New York on hydraulic fracturing for the next three years.
The Assembly says the state should hold off on hydrofracking until 2017 to allow further study of the gas-drilling process and to allow for more evaluation of its potential hazards that may impact public health and the environment.
It's the same argument for a moratorium that had been in place for several years in New York.
The Assembly based its decision on studies done in Colorado and Pennsylvania that show an increase in birth defects, cancer and other health disorders associated with hydrofracking, and the potential for contamination of drinking water supplies and the environment..
Republican Assemblyman Clifford Crouch said in a statement, "This legislation is far reaching, and I cannot support a measure that continues to delay natural gas extraction of any kind and ultimately translates to a suspension of jobs and revenue for the residents of this state."
The bill next moves on to the Senate.