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.”By David King on December 10, 2010, 1:46 pm
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