New York’s senate approves a bill suspending drilling activity:
New York moved a step closer to a temporary state ban on drilling for natural gas from the Marcellus Shale that would delay plans by companies led by Chesapeake Energy, Bloomberg News reports. The state Senate approved a measure late Tuesday that would suspend drilling until May 15 in the New York portion of the Marcellus Shale formation pending further environmental studies. The moratorium passed 48-9. The Assembly has yet to take up the measure.