Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel Announces Assembly Passage of Hydrofracking Moratorium
June 6, 2011
Albany – An outspoken leader against hydrofracking, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is pleased to announce that the New York State Assembly recently passed legislation (A.7400) placing a moratorium on hydrofracking until June 2012. 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, “Until we have more facts, we cannot risk the safety of our drinking water and the environment. This legislation will allow more time to study the evidence and ensure the best possible decision is made for all New Yorkers.” The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently working on a Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement to assess the impact of hydrofracking on the environment. New York isn’t the first state to express concerns about hydrofracking. Several states have reported water contamination, chemical spills, and habitat destruction due to hydrofracking. The United States Congress has directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a study on this controversial gas drilling method.