Paterson Vetoes Fracking Moratorium
December 11th, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has vetoed the hydrofracking moratorium bill saying it was well intentioned but would have put a moratorium on all new gas drilling in the state. Paterson had until Monday at midnight to act on the bill or it would have become law. Here is his statement on the veto:

This legislation, which was well intentioned, would have a serious impact on our State if signed into law. Enacting this legislation would put people out of work work that is permitted by the Department of Environmental Conservation and causes no demonstrated environmental harm, in order to effectuate a moratorium that is principally symbolic, Paterson said. Symbols can have great importance, but particularly in our current terrible economic straits, I cannot agree to put individuals out of work for a symbolic act.

I am sympathetic to the sponsors desire to protect the environment and public health, and I respect the concerns that produced this legislation but this legislation does not accomplish this purpose, since the activities at the heart of the moratorium are not currently taking place, and would not take place until well after the legislations proposed moratorium.

Advocates of the legislation insist it would not have prevented new drilling across the state.

Paterson also issued an executive order preventing new drilling in the Marcellus Shale until July 2011. Here is what he had to say about that:

We in government must always focus on protecting the well-being of those whom we represent and serve, but we also have an obligation to look to the future and protect the long-term interests for our State and its residents, Governor Paterson said. Therefore, I am proud to issue this Executive Order, which will guarantee that before any high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing is permitted, the Department of Environmental Conversation will complete its studies and certify that such operations are safe.

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