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Editorial Boards Weigh In: Paterson Should Sign Moratorium Into Law

Kate Sinding

Posted December 2, 2010

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The New York Times and the Albany Times Union today both called on New York State Governor Paterson to quickly sign into law a measure just sent to his desk from the state legislature that would impose a six-month moratorium on the issuance of any new permits for controversial hydraulic fracturing - or "fracking" in the Marcellus Shale to give the state time to first properly analyze the risks and determine what safeguards must be imposed.

The Times Union sagely observed:

"Delaying drilling in the Marcellus Shale, albeit to the indignation of an energy industry eager to profit from it, gives New York a chance to be a leader once more in environmental policy. No state has ever imposed such a ban, even temporarily."

Lend your voice to those of thousands of New Yorkers, as well as those of others across the country who have been impacted by inadequately regulated fracking.  Tell the governor to quickly sign the moratorium legislation into law and make New York the unequivocal model of how a state can tell the big gas companies that we won't allow them to put our communities at risk.  Say no to new fracking unless they can show us it's safe.

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Stephen LaFountainDec 2 2010 09:42 PM

To David Paterson I urge you to VETO this BILL putting a moritoruim on hydro- fracking for the benifit for all hard working New Yorkers and some that aren't working.Natural Gas in NY will create thosands upon thosands of jobs and revenue for New York State,this will diffently pull NY out of the gutter.So Again I Urge You To VETO this BILL

AmyDec 3 2010 06:41 PM

Dear Gov. Paterson,

This is a public health issue first and foremost. Nothing should come before the safety of our most fundamental need, clean drinking water. Jobs will come and go, the poisoning of our drinking water is a much larger problem. You can't drink gas. Currently the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Federal Environmental Protection Agency are conducting a comprehensive study that will not only shed light on the closely guarded process but may also propel Federal legislation on the matter. The natural gas in question is not in jeopardy of being lost while the moratorium is in place, therefore it is in New York’s best interest to exercise patience and prevent hasty decisions that could lead to devastating effects that impact us all.

Thank you!

DebDec 10 2010 01:18 PM

@Stephen - Yes, jobs are extremely important, especially in the current economic times, but I urge you to watch the documentary "Gasland" to understand the dangers to those same working people that come with the process of hydraulic fracturing.

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