Assemblymembers Steven Englebright and Alan Maisel Call for an Immediate Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas and the Importation of Waste Hydraulic Drilling Fluids
Legislators also call for an immediate ban on drilling in and adjacent to State Parks
April 29, 2010
Assemblymember Steven Englebright, (D, E. Setauket), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development, and Assemblymember Alan Maisel (D, Brooklyn), Chair of the Assembly Legislative Commission on Solid Waste Management today announced the introduction of three new bills that would:
- place an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York State until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completes its 2-year study to examine the impacts on water quality and public health from this drilling technique; (Englebright, A 10490);
- place an immediate moratorium on importation of hydraulic fracturing drilling fluids for disposal into New York, pending completion of the EPA study (Maisel, A10710); and
- prohibit hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling on or within one mile of state park lands (Englebright, A 10641).