Outgoing New York State Governor David Paterson signed an Executive Order requiring a new Environmental Impact Study and public review period on hydrofracking before oil companies can drop a drill into New York ground. The order, which establishes a temporary moratorium, doesn't address vertical drilling (which has not yet begun in NYS), but it does cover the more dangerous horizontal drilling method.
Hydrofracking can negatively impact both the water and food supply. The dangerous drilling method can sometimes cause carcinogens like benzene to leak into the water supply.
Cuomo has stated some concerns over hydrofracking while also leaving the door cracked open to accommodate drilling that makes minimal environmental impact. Please welcome him to his new position and encourage him to keep in place the process outlined in Paterson's Executive Order.
We appreciate your expressed concerns about hydraulic fracturing. Governor Paterson's Executive Order 41 came as a relief because it halts issuing horizontal drilling permits until the Department of Environmental Conservation issues a revised draft Environmental Impact Study in June, 2011. It also requires the DEC to hold a public comment period following that study.
This process is essential to thoroughly weighing the potential impact hydrofracking can have on New York State. Our farms and water, not to mention our economic health, depend on the integrity of the process. We ask you to uphold the process outlined in Executive Order 41 and also halt vertical drilling in the meantime.