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Silver wants to delay fracking two more years

Posted at: 03/06/2013 12:09 PM
Updated at: 03/06/2013 2:20 PM
By: Bill Lambdin

ALBANY - The New York State Assembly is taking sides in the great fracking controversy.

This morning Speaker Sheldon Silver announced the assembly would be voting to delay the gas drilling process for two years.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation has been studying whether to grant fracking permits for about five years now.

A decision is already past due, although in recent months further delays had been put in place by the Cuomo administration.

With a huge democratic majority in the assembly, when Speaker Sheldon Silver says his house will vote to do something, it's virtually guaranteed.

Silver and a number of democrats standing behind him say even after about five years, acting now to allow fracking would endanger the health and safety of our communities.

Independent democrats who share leadership in the state senate also oppose fracking at this time, as do most, if not all of the regular democrats and some of the republican senators.

But whether that will translate into acting on a moratorium in the senate, and whether Governor Cuomo would sign a delay remains to be seen.