Governor Signs Exec. Order to Delay Fracking

ALBANY, NY (12/11/2010)(readMedia)-- Governor David A. Paterson has issued an Executive Order directing the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct further comprehensive review and analysis of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale. The Executive Order requires that, if approved, high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing would not be permitted until July 1, 2011, at the earliest. This should allay any fears that high-volume hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling under study by DEC will commence without assurances of safety. Read more about this.

This is a victory, but the fight isn't over yet. We have been assured no drilling will take place before July, 2011 at the earliest, but we would like to be assured no drilling will take place at any point in the future.

The Governor, who has been a supporter of hydrofracking, has been influenced by public pressure and scientific evidence of the dire public health effects of this kind of drilling, at least for now. You have all made a difference.

Please sign, and urge others to sign, the petition to pemamently halt hydraulic fracture drilling in New York State.