Assembly passes hydrofracking moratorium

By Erika Mahoney

March 6, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 2:26 AM EDT

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The New York State Assembly votes to keep high volume hydraulic fracturing out of the Empire State for another two years.

According to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a two-year moratorium will allow for more study on the process, including a health impact assessment and a comprehensive review.

Meanwhile, the Department of Environmental Conservation's examination of new permitting regulations continues.

"The natural gas locked within the Marcellus shale and the Utica shale isn't going anywhere. We are not going to lose it. There's time to study and there's time to act with caution and with thoughtfulness," Silver said.

Although not everyone agrees.

In a statement released Wednesday, Unshackle Upstate said it's "shameful" that lawmakers are pushing legislation that slows job growth in New York.

The moratorium bill still needs approval from the state Senate and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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