Fracking Moratorium Hits Five Year Anniversary
ALBANY (WENY) -- Today marks five years since New York state officially put in place a moratorium on permits for deep shale hydraulic fracturing on the Marcellus Shale.
Since then, it's been five years of contention from both opponents and supporters of fracking, dozens of public hearings and hundreds of thousands of public comments.
In 2008, Former Governor David Paterson ordered the Department of Environmental Conservation to conduct an in-depth environmental review, and issue guidelines. That review is still underway, as is a separate review on the potential health impacts.
Many environmental and anti-fracking groups are calling for an all-out ban on fracking. Supporters of the drilling industry say it's time to move forward with natural gas development.