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Will Paterson Sign the Fracking Moratorium? (Updated X2)
December 10th, 2010

Advocates for the moratorium on high power hydraulic fracturing publicly say that they are hopeful that Gov. David Paterson will sign their legislation. They estimate the deadline for him to sign the bill is this coming Monday by midnight. ***There is a lot of talk that Paterson could act on the bill today. ***

Paterson’s spokeswoman Jessica Bassett says that there will be no announcement regarding hydrofracking today.

Paterson has 10 days from when the bill was passed by both houses to sign a bill or it simply becomes law. Paterson is under pressure from the gas and drilling industry to veto the bill. Paterson has said that he isn’t sure signing the bill will be useful. Privately environmental activists say they don’t know what to expect out of Paterson because he has been unpredictable at best during his time in office and he has what they consider to be a poor record on the environment.

Paterson said in a radio interview yesterday that he does intend to make a decision on the bill–in other words he won’t simply let it slip by him–he intends to either sign or veto the bill.

Paterson’s office has yet to return calls for comment.

Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, who sponsored the fracking moratorium in the assembly, said that he hasn’t “heard from Paterson or his staff on what the governor’s thoughts are on the bill.” He said that Paterson typically takes the full 10 days before he acts on legislation. “There is nothing out the ordinary he said.” As for the pressure mounting on Paterson from sides for and against the bill Sweeney said, “I’m sure the governor is hearing from lots of people. The question is who is he listening.”

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4 Responses to “Will Paterson Sign the Fracking Moratorium? (Updated X2)”

  1. Stan Scobie Says:
    December 11th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Folks,

    There is huge confusion about this legislation.

    1. It would only ban temporarily drilling/fracturing in the shale formations such as Marcellus and Utica.

    2. It would NOT ban all drilling fracturing, allowing business as usual in all other formations such as Herkimer, Trenton Black River, etc.

    3. There is essentially zero drilling and fracturing in the Marcellus and Utica shales now; thus no jobs or income would be lost during the moratorium period.

    4. The Gas Industry spokespeople have deliberately confused, conflated, and dissembled about the implications of this legislation. They are crying “wolf” and catastrophizing lot these days.

    5. Even most legislators and, I think, the Governor, are confused about the real implications of this legislation on the economy of NY – there will be none: no jobs lost, no decline in income.

    The bad state of the NY and the world economy has absolutely nothing to do with shale gas drilling in NY.

    6. During the proposed moratorium period, the NY DEC will, as the Governor has pointed out, continue as planned with the very important and very difficult job of figuring out if and how gas drilling in the shale formations can be competently done.

    7. The Governor should sign the legislation.

    It is clearly the will of the people. It will have no economic downside, and it will have the value of clarifying just what the citizens of NY think about the process of reviewing the various impacts of drilling in the gas shales – they want NY to be very very careful.

    Stanley R Scobie, Binghamton, NY

  2. Mary Sweeney Says:
    December 11th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I live in NY, above the Marcellus Shale. I have researched this issue very carefully and I agree with everything that Mr. Scobie says in his comment. This moratorium would apply only to shale formations such as the Marcellus and the Utica. That is clearly stated in the language of the bill. The fact that the gas industry is trying to confuse everyone by pretending that the bill would apply to all formations is, itself, quite telling. The gas industry is not being honest about the bill just as they are not being honest about the dangers of hydrofracturing. Don’t be fooled.

    Here is a link to the text of the bill:

    http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A11443&Summary=Y&Text=Y

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