Saturday, December 11, 2010

NY Governor Vetoes Moratorium; Delays Hydro-Fracking till July

Drill rig near Troy, PA
Corrections made 12/13 at bottom of post.
This afternoon Governor David A. Paterson vetoed the moratorium bills, S.8129-B/A.11443-B, which would have suspended issuing new drilling permits through May 15, 2011.

Contemporaneous with his veto, Paterson issued an Executive Order which directs 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.

In a press release Paterson said, “We in government must always focus on protecting the well-being of those whom we represent and serve, but we also have an obligation to look to the future and protect the long-term interests for our State and its residents.”

As for the moratorium bill, he stated that the legislation, though well intended, “would have a serious impact on our State if signed into law. Enacting this legislation would put people out of work – work that is permitted by the Department of Environmental Conservation and causes no demonstrated environmental harm, in order to effectuate a moratorium that is principally symbolic.”

Read the press release concerning the executive order here.
On Dec. 13 the executive order was posted to the Governor's website here.


  1. Well, it's disappointing that he didn't pull the DSGEIS. This is a token....and a very small token at that.

  2. If the moratorium is "principally symbolic" then how would it put people out of work?!!!!

  3. It would stop all drilling even the vertical drilling now being done in New York State. It would not stop the horizontal fracing after May 15 so it really means nothing since they are not even ready to drill that early in NYS