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State Assembly Passes Two Year Moratorium on Hydrofracking

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The State Assembly voted Wednesday for a two year moratorium on high volume hydrofracking in New York State.

Assembly Democrats say the moratorium will give more time to study the process, including a health impact assessment. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said that the Marcellus shale gas will not go anywhere, and the state has time to study and to act with caution and thoughtfulness.

However, not everyone agrees. In a statement released by Unshackle Upstate, the group said it was shameful that lawmakers are pushing legislation that slows job growth in New York.

The bill needs approval from the Senate and a signature from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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