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New York’s Cuomo to Lift Marcellus Shale Fracking Ban

by Kenneth E. DuBose on June 30, 2011

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to let the ban on hydraulic fracturing or what some term the fracking moratorium expire in July.  This means that New York’s Marcellus Shale will be open drilling on private lands.  This will be a victory for mineral owners in New York who have not yet benefited from the shale gas boom in Pennsylvania and other neighboring states.

“The process would be allowed on private lands, opening New York to one of the fastest-growing — critics would say reckless — areas of the energy industry. It would be banned inside New York City’s sprawling upstate watershed, as well as inside a watershed used by Syracuse, and in underground water sources used by other cities and towns. It would also be banned on state lands, like parks and wildlife preserves.”"It will most likely take months before the policy becomes official. On Friday, the State Department of Environmental Conservation will release a long-awaited study of the process, widely known as hydrofracking. The report will include recommendations about how to proceed, and then there will be a lengthy period for public comments before a final determination can be made.”

Read the full news release at nytimes.com

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