Starkey Citizens for a Clean & Healthy Environment
Assembly Passes Hydrofracking Moratorium

As part of our commitment to the health and safety of all New Yorkers, I and the Assembly passed a moratorium on the controversial gas-drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Now, we need the Senate to pass this critical legislation so we can send it to the Governor for his signature. The bill (A.5424-A) would extend a moratorium on "fracking" until May 15, 2015, while both the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study the safety of this drilling process.

It is essential that we continue our efforts to protect our environment, as well as our drinking water. This moratorium will allow for more time to examine the potential impact of fracking. Our legislation also requires an additional health study by SUNY and authorizes a comprehensive review process independent of industry pressure.

We will not endanger the health of New Yorkers or our environment by allowing this potentially toxic drilling practice to be approved hastily and without adequate oversight.

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Sheldon Silver

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