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NY senators seek fracking delay to await key study

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— A critical bloc in New York’s Senate is calling for up to a two-year delay in hydraulic fracturing for natural gas until an independent health review known as the Geisinger study is completed.

The Independent Democratic Conference, which shares control of the Senate with Republicans, says the Geisinger study and a federal water quality report must be completed before Gov. Andrew Cuomo settles the five-year-old controversy.

Powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he plans an announcement Wednesday on the same topic. His chamber already calls for a two-year moratorium.

The Associated Press reported over the weekend that environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. discussed the Geisinger report in recent weeks with Cuomo, his former brother-in-law. Kennedy calls the Geisinger report “pivotal.”



March 5, 2013
4:30 p.m.

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Two more years of sit and wait. Jobs waiting to be had. This is not about factual evidence, this about bowing to pressure from the liberal environmentalists who still want to push their "green energy" agenda of wind turbines and solar panels, both of which have been proven to be highly expensive and not very effective in lowering our dependence on foreign oil. It has already been proven that mistakes of the past with fracking have been addressed and with proper regulatory oversight, fracking is safe and is non-polluting. Why didn’t they do the same careful studying about the cause of gun violence? They didn’t seem to have any trouble stomping on the 2nd amendment in a very short period of time without the public’s input.

March 5, 2013
5:13 p.m.

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Well put.

March 5, 2013
7:10 p.m.

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I suggest that young working men and women move south to Pennsylvania and see if you can get a good job in the natural gas industry, because you're not going to get one here in NY.