Friday, December 23, 2011

State Senator Ball Calls For One Year Fracking Ban in New York

It is not nearly enough, but a start...State Senator Ball in a town meeting in Lewisboro (Westchester County) called for a one year moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing...his big reason...Governor Cuomo has budgeted NO MONEY for enforcement.  Well, one year is not enough, but it is a start.
LEWISBORO, N.Y. – State Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) called for a statewide one-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) during a presentation he gave on the controversial subject at the Lewisboro Library Wednesday night.

More than 70 people from the north county area packed the library to hear Ball speak on hydrofracking - the process of extracting natural gas from gas shale deposits, something that many say is detrimental to the environment.

Ball said a moratorium is needed because Governor Cuomo is not expected to allocate any funds to regulate fracking and gas drilling in next year’s executive budget proposal. 
In Other Fracking News...

Binghamton New York has signed a FRACKING BAN into law...let the lawsuits begin.  Every community in New York should be passing similar local legislation.  If any one could email some suggested language, would like to summit it to the Town of Fallsburg for SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. 

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- With the stroke of his pen, Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan made a two year ban on hydrofracking within the city limits official.

"We do it before any permits are given, so we have time to study it, so it doesn't come at us by surprise, that's why we did it," said Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.

After more than three hours of public comment Wednesday night, City Council voted six to one to approve the legislation, thrilling advocates of the new law.
Just a friendly reminder...though the comment period for the NYDEC SGEIS has been extended, January 12th will be here before you know it, SO PLEASE SUMMIT COMMENTS.