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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Thursday, June 3, 2010
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
Dereth Glance, Executive Program Director, 518-339-2853 (mobile), dglance@citizenscampaign.org

HYDRO-FRACKING MORATORIUM BILL MOVES OUT OF COMMITTEE

Syracuse, NY – Today, the New York State Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee voted to approve a moratorium on new hydraulic fracturing permits in New York State until after the US Environmental Protection Agency completes its study on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water. The bill (A.10490A/S.7592A) will now move to the Rules Committee.

CCE applauds the members of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee for acting on this important bill and allowing for a full vote in the 2010 legislative session. The controversy surrounding hydro-fracking shale for natural gas has led to hard questions about how New York will be able to protect the environment while pursuing natural gas development. “Let’s hope that one lesson learned from the Gulf Coast oil debacle is to ensure property planning and knowledge before advancing new energy exploration technology,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “This common sense measure ensures that New York State can evaluate the EPA’s findings and take time to implement sound measures that will protect public health and the environment.”

CCE strongly urges the New York State Assembly to take up this bill for a vote and additionally urges the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee to discharge the bill for a vote in the Senate.

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by seckel  6/3/10