Gov. Paterson Vetoes NY Drilling Moratorium, but bans High-Volume Hydofracking Until July 2011

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Photo: http://www.marcellusprotest.org

Gov. David Paterson on Dec. 11 vetoed a bill that would have banned a wide range of gas drilling in New York State until the spring, but he placated environmental groups by issuing an order the same day that bans high-volume, horizontal hydrofracking in the state through July 1, 2011.

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New York DEC Staff Shorthanded to Reply to 14,000 Marcellus Shale Comments – Environmental Inspectors Down to 16

As the short-staffed New York State environmental agency avoids remarking on its ability to monitor natural gas drilling, an investigation by DCBureau reveals a decline in inspectors. This intensifies grave concerns about New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s ability to protect its citizens and the environment from negative impacts of gas drilling.

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PA Politician Calls for Moratorium on Gas Drilling Permits

As the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection prepares to issue 5,000 Marcellus Shale gas drilling permits this year, only one Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the May 18, 2010 Pennsylvania primary is calling for a moratorium on issuing new permits in a state that strongly supports gas drilling. Former Congressman Joe Hoeffel says the natural gas industry should deal with concerns about wastewater contamination before DEP issues additional permits. Gas drilling is a “pretty serious challenge” to the drinking water supply in communities, he says.

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