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New York State Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect Drinking Water

April 18, 2011

The Queens Tribune out of New York reports that State Senators are introducing a package of  legislation that would put more restrictions on the industrial process of high-volume slickwater hydrofracking in an attempt to protect people’s drinking water.  Part of the legislation could even ban the practice outright in the state of New York.

Selected excerpts from this article::

“The first bill, sponsored by State Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan), would place greater regulations on the use of fluids used in the drilling, including prohibiting the use of “frac fluids,” which can often contain carcinogenic materials. The second bill, sponsored by State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), ranking member of the Environmental Protection Committee, includes a more comprehensive regulation of the operations; including limiting the area drilling can take place. The third, sponsored by State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), would require testing of waste from drilling for radioactivity and finally the fourth, sponsored by Avella, would ban hydrofracking altogether.

‘It is clear to me, that until we can be assured that the practice of hydrofracking presents absolutely no threat to New York’s residents and their drinking water, we must completely ban fracking,’ said Avella.”

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