Great Neck – An outspoken leader against hydrofracking, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel successfully lobbied Assembly leadership to bring a vote on legislation (A.11433b) placing a moratorium on hydrofracking during the November 29th Extraordinary Legislative Session.
Hydrofracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is a method used to create fractures that extend out after drilling for natural gas. There is significant controversy over this procedure, which can release harmful chemicals into New York’s drinking water.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a member of the Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee, said, “Due to growing environmental and health concerns over hydrofracking, this moratorium is needed so that my colleagues and I have more time to assess the true environmental impact of this controversial technique.”
Assembly bill A.11443b, which was passed by the New York State Assembly, would suspend the issuance of new permits for natural gas or oil drilling involving hydraulic fracturing until May 15, 2011. This legislation has been delivered to the Governor for his signature.